Thursday, May 20 at 2PM

(May 11, 2021 at 3pm)

QUEENS, NY – With unemployment continuing to be a major problem in Queens and across the country, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. scheduled the next edition of his monthly Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair for May 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

The Greater New York Nursing Service, the Nursing Personnel Home Care Agency and the MTA Long Island Rail Road are participating in the Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair series for the first time on May 20, while the United States Tennis Association returns to the series with a presentation about job opportunities available at this summer’s US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

They are joining a group of 12 other employers and recruiters that participated in recent fairs: Animal Care Centers of NYC, Building Skills NY, The Child Center of New York, Commonpoint Queens, the Council for Airport Opportunity, Express Employment Professionals, the New York City Children’s Center, MTA New York City Transit, New York Life, Queens Centers for Progress, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce1 Career Center.

Held the third Thursday of each month by the Queens Borough President’s Office, the Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair series connects Queens job seekers with a wide array of employment opportunities across a variety of industries.

The Borough President’s announcement about the fair comes just days after the U.S. Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added just 266,000 jobs in April 2021, well below expectations and sharply lower than the 916,000 jobs added in March. The national unemployment rate rose from 6 percent in March to 6.1 percent in April.

“The April unemployment report shows we have a long way to go to get back to full employment,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Our office does its part by hosting our monthly Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs, which connect Queens residents with companies hiring right now. We won’t let up on our efforts to help Queens job-seekers secure the employment they are looking for to support themselves and their families.”

The May 20 fair will feature brief presentations from employers and recruiters seeking to fill numerous positions in a variety of fields, including aviation, transportation, developmental support, retail, finance and more. A question and answer session follows the presentations.

The fair will be livestreamed online from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at www.queensbp.org. Those interested in participating in the fair’s live interactive Q&A must RSVP by Wednesday, May 19 at www.queensbp.org/rsvp. Instructions on how to participate in the Q&A will be emailed on the day of the event to those who register.

WPIX-TV (PIX11) returns as a media partner for the fair after having promoted previous recruitment fairs in 2020-21. The station will support the fair with promotional assistance over its airwaves and on its website at www.pix11.com.

According to the most recent statistics available from the New York State Department of Labor, Queens’ unemployment rate was 11 percent in April 2021. That’s down from a high of 21.6 percent in June 2020 — but still eight percentage points higher than February 2020’s pre-pandemic low of 3.0 percent.

“Greater NY Nursing is a fast-growing healthcare agency providing skilled home care throughout the 5 NYC Boroughs and surrounding area for over 20 years,” said Greater NY Nursing Service Recruitment Manager DANIEL KAPLAN. “Our culture is based on compassionate, ethical care where optimizing our patients’ quality of life is front and center. We understand the success of our mission starts with the success of our team of nurses. To that end, we provide exceptional training, support and room for performance-based advancement. We value everyone on our team, and we do our best to look after each other the way we strive to look after our patients.”

“When it comes to healthcare, there’s no place like home.” said Nursing Personnel Home Care Agency Recruitment Assistant TASHANA GOVAN.

“It takes the most talented people to put on the world’s greatest tennis event,” said US Open Recruiter HARMIT GORAVA, “The US Open Tennis Championships are the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. Each year, for three weeks in the late summer, the US Open is the focus of the sports & entertainment universe. Passionate fans from around the world come to NYC to witness the toughest tennis on the game’s biggest stage. With more than 800,000 visitors, 100 million television viewers in the U.S. and 64 million online visitors, why not come and enjoy the thrill and excitement of working with our team?”

“Individuals from all over New York City come to Animal Care Centers of NYC every day of the week for reasons as diverse as reclaiming lost pets, adopting new furry family members, and getting resources to help them keep their pets in homes,” said Animal Care Centers of NYC HR Assistant EMILY RICHARDSON. “At ACC, we strive to find loving homes for homeless and abandoned cats, dogs, and rabbits, both by adopting animals directly to the public and by partnering with more than 200 dedicated animal placement organizations (our New Hope partners). If you have a passion for animals and people alike, we invite you to join our team of outstanding individuals working to end animal homelessness in NYC.”

“Building Skills New York is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting members of underserved and underrepresented communities across the five boroughs with access to good-paying construction jobs,” said Building Skills NY senior recruiter CALVIN EDWARDS. “The pandemic has taken a significant toll on New York’s economy and its workforce. We are keenly aware that in order to realize a full and successful recovery, individuals need resources and skills to reenter the labor market and also to advance in their careers. We are proud to be working in partnership with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. to offer his constituents – as well as New Yorkers all across the City – opportunities to join the construction industry, which has long supported both individuals and families alike.”  

“At The Child Center of New York, we believe every child can thrive, given the right skills, education, counseling, and development programs — and we know that a dedicated staff is the key to making that happen,” said The Child Center of New York Recruitment Coordinator SHOSHANA CHEDDIE. “The Child Center prioritizes talent in the neighborhoods where we work — people genuinely interested in the strength of their community and the well-being of the families next door. It matters to us that candidates recognize the opportunities to support and build their communities.”

“Helping our community one resume at a time, one call at a time, one interview at a time,” said New York Life Partner WILLIAM CLEARE. “Now it’s your time! Let’s get Full-time!”

“Queens Centers for Progress has been an essential business throughout this pandemic and we have continued to provide quality services to our individuals with special needs,” said Queens Centers for Progress Human Resources Assistant Director MICHELLE JENKINS. “We are delighted to continue this partnership with the Queens Borough President’s Office to provide meaningful positions that offer great benefits and growth opportunities.”

“The Queens Chamber is excited to partner with Borough President Richards for his virtual recruitment fair and we look forward to this stellar opportunity to meet talented individuals and grow our team,” said Queens Chamber of Commerce President and CEO TOM GRECH. “As Queens recovers from the pandemic, we are fortunate to have a Borough President who is deeply committed to connecting Queens residents with jobs and helping our economy bounce back.”


WHAT:         Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair hosted by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards

WHEN:         Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

WHERE:       Live stream: www.queensbp.org

Those interested in participating in the interactive Q&A must RSVP by Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at www.queensbp.org/rsvp.

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