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Good Temps joins groups for job fair

Event, also sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo, focuses on Sandy victims

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am

More than 20 nonprofits, including the branch of Goodwill aimed at helping people find temporary work, have come together to sponsor a job fair geared toward victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The job fair will take place on Tuesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Resorts World Casino New York City’s Central Park events floor.

“Only part of public service happens in the Capitol,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a co-sponsor of the job fair. “If you’re currently in the market for a job, or just want to obtain information about new career options, please join us and take advantage of the opportunity to meet with local companies and other employers in the private, nonprofit or government sectors, and find out what they have to offer.”

Good Temps, a branch of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., helps get unemployed people into temporary staffing positions that may lead to more permanent jobs. David Schoch, senior vice president of Good Temps, said he hopes employers who take part in the job fair will provide needed employment.

“We have this mass effort of people coming together for the job fair,” he said. “We’re asking employers to have the same mentality.”

Schoch said Good Temps puts a majority of its clients into jobs with the city and state, in agencies such as the Department of Education and the MTA.

“We use a temporary staffing model to place those who we serve, including people with disabilities and other barriers to employment,” he said.

Many of those hired through Good Temps get jobs that last years. The average length of a temp position acquired through Good Temps is 8 months, Schoch said.

He said Good Temps decided to join other nonprofits for the job fair to step in where there is a need — areas affected badly by Hurricane Sandy.

Many of those who were directly affected by the hurricane lost work due to damage to their places of employment or inability to keep a job while dealing with the storm’s aftermath. Some are looking for extra work to help pay off Sandy-related bills.

“We saw this as an opportunity to help people get back to work,” Schoch said, noting that he took part in a similar job fair held after 9/11.

He said the jobs situation in South Queens had been bad for many years before beginning a noticeable recovery in 2012. Sandy stunted that progress.

There are two main goals Good Temps and the other nonprofits want to achieve at Tuesday’s job fair, Schoch said: Create immediate employment opportunities and stimulate the employment environment.

“A lot of temporary staffing positions are long-term and can lead to long-term employment,” he said. “It serves as a stepping stone into a career job. It gives you the experience you need and enhances your skills.”

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