Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00PM

(September 29, 2020 at 2:11pm)

QUEENS, NY – The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) will join the list of more than a dozen featured employers and recruiters at the ninth installment of the “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair,” hosted by Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, on Wednesday, October 7th to connect Queens job seekers to available employment opportunities.

The full list of partnering employers includes: AAA Northeast, The Child Center of New York, the Council for Airport Opportunity, FDNY, Metro One Loss Prevention, MetroPlus Health Plan, the New York City Children’s Center, New York Life, Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), Queens Centers for Progress, the United States Census Bureau, WATCH GUARD 24/7, Workforce1 and the Young Adult Institute (YAI).

WABC-TV (Channel 7) will return as a media partner, after heavily promoting and airing the previous two Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs on August 26 and September 16 on its website at www.abc7ny.com. It will continue its promotional efforts for the October 7 recruitment fair.

“Our borough’s ongoing recovery and rebuild relies deeply on connecting job seekers with available positions in key sectors of our restarting economy,” said Borough President LEE. “Queens is pleased to welcome the FDNY to our robust set of partners at our ninth Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair to answer questions live about a wide variety of jobs hiring now.”

Held every third Wednesday, the October 7 Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held online from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. Prospective applicants interested in participating in the live interactive Q&A via Zoom Webinar must RSVP by Tuesday, October 6 at www.queensbp.org/rsvp. The Jobs Recruitment Fair will also be livestreamed at www.queensbp.org/recruitmentfair. American Sign Language (ASL) translation will be provided live by Sorenson Community Interpreting Services.

Participants and viewers will hear brief presentations from employers and recruiters seeking to fill hundreds of positions in a variety of service fields including developmental support, transportation, retail, security and more.

The ongoing hiring push comes as Queens’ unemployment rate sits at 16.4 percent as of August, down from a high of 21.6 percent in June but up more than 13 percentage points from February’s 3 percent unemployment rate. According to the New York State Department of Labor, more than 1.84 million New York City residents have filed unemployment claims between March 8 and September 19.

“The excellence of the New York City Fire Department is enhanced by the ability to recruit, hire, retain, and promote highly skilled, talented and motivated members from diverse backgrounds,” said FDNY Assistant Commissioner for Recruitment and Retention NAFEESAH NOONAN. “FDNY prides itself in attracting candidates who are of diverse gender, age, culture, race, religious preference, and sexual orientation because the expression of unique ideas provides for better productivity, efficiency and service to a diverse and multi-faceted community.”

“The Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO) is once again honored to partner with Queens Borough President Sharon Lee,” said Council for Airport Opportunity Executive Director ANDREW CAMPBELL. “We are seeing a growing need for more airport workers as we begin to safely and slowly recover from this devastating pandemic. Partnering with the Queens Borough President’s office on this recruitment fair will help the Queens community gain access to much needed employment opportunities. I applaud the Queens Borough President on her efforts to support Queens residents.” 

“During this current pandemic and unemployment crisis, Metro One is proud to support our community by taking part in the Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair,” says Metro One Loss Prevention Services Performance Manager LALCHAN HOOLAS. “We look forward to meeting promising candidates who will bring great value to our company and applaud Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and her team on their efforts to bolster our great city.”

“MetroPlus Health Plan is pleased to participate in the virtual recruitment fair,” said MetroPlus Health Plan Chief Growth Officer ROGER MILLINER. “We applaud Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and her team on taking the initiative to address the employment needs of New Yorkers, and we look forward to meeting great candidates at the fair.”

“Thank you to Borough President Lee, for we are proud to serve our community and city during this critical time of need,” said New York Life Partner WILLIAM CLEARE. “We look forward to making a difference one interview at a time.”

“Thank you to the Queens Borough President, Sharon Lee, for this opportunity to collaborate,” said Quality Services for the Autism Community Human Resources Staffing Manager CLARE SCHAEFFLER.

“QCP 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 U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for Field Representative positions throughout the five boroughs,” said U.S. Census Bureau Recruiter ARUN NATARAJAN. “We are filling these positions for our Housing and Vacancy Survey and American Housing Survey, as well as our current surveys.”  

“We are delighted to partner with Borough President Lee to promote jobs with WATCH GUARD 24/7,” said WATCH GUARD 24/7 CEO JOHN RAFFERTY. “Qualified individuals have an opportunity to have a rewarding career with excellent benefits and growth opportunities. We are an essential business providing service throughout this difficult time and beyond.”

“YAI supports people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the fullest life possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving, working, and learning said YAI Assistant Manager for Human Resources in Suffolk County and Queens ANDREJ DROFENIK. “If you work hard and take every opportunity to learn and grow professionally, you’ll find a career path at YAI.”

The prior Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs were hosted by Borough President Lee on April 22, May 13, June 3, June 24, July 15, August 5, August 26 and September 16. These fairs helped to directly connect more than 1,320 job seekers with prospective employers.

To view the videos of the previous fairs, visit www.queensbp.org/recruitmentfair.


WHAT:          9th Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM

WHERE:       Live stream www.queensbp.org/recruitmentfair

Prospective applicants interested in participating via Zoom, RSVP by October 6 via www.queensbp.org/RSVP

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