Thursday, February 18 at 2pm

(February 9, 2021 at 10am)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today announced the ongoing Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair series hosted by the Queens Borough President’s Office, connecting Queens job seekers with a wide array of employment opportunities across a variety of industries, will continue into 2021.

The next Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 PM, in partnership with 10 featured employers and recruiters: CAMBA, Inc., The Child Center of New York, Commonpoint Queens, Council for Airport Opportunity, Empire Vets, Forest Hills Financial Group, the New York City Children’s Center, Queens Centers for Progress, WestHab, Inc. and Workforce1 Career Center.

“The unprecedented economic wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic have been deep and enduring, especially for our communities of color hardest hit by the virus,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Our ultimate recovery and rebuild as a borough must center on connecting our unmatched talent with available employment opportunities as quickly and efficiently as possible, and Queens is grateful to our hiring partners who have stepped up to participate in this critical process.”

WPIX-TV (PIX11) will return as a media partner for this employment recruitment initiative after promoting previous recruitment fairs in fall 2020. The station will continue to support the upcoming fair with promotional assistance over its airwaves and on its website at

Held the third Thursday of each month, the February 18 Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held online from 2:00pm to 3:30pm and live streamed at Prospective applicants interested in participating in the live interactive Q&A via Zoom Webinar must RSVP by Wednesday, February 17 at Instructions on how to participate will be emailed the day of the event to those who register.

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

The ongoing hiring push comes as Queens’ unemployment rate sits at 10.7 percent as of December 2020, down from a high of 21.6 percent in June 2020 — but still 7.7 percent higher than February 2020’s pre-pandemic low of 3.0 percent.

According to the New York State Department of Labor’s most recent publicly available figures, more than 25,000 New York City residents filed an unemployment claim for the first time during the week of January 18. Between March 9, 2020 and January 30, 2021, more than 2.35 million New York City residents have filed unemployment claims — a 709 percent increase from the same time period one year earlier.

Launched by then-Acting Borough President Sharon Lee in April 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn to connect Queens residents with jobs in essential industries, the Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair series included 12 hiring events and three dozen participating employers. Over the course of the series, more than 1,400 total connections were made between job seekers who attended the virtual fairs and the participating employers

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards in presenting opportunities for work at our multi-service organization,” said CABMA, Inc. President and CEO JOANNE M. OPLUSTIL. “CAMBA is a great place to work, serving 65,000 people in all five boroughs of New York City. We invest in our employees and provide opportunities for growth, and we know when you work here, you’re more than your job description.”

“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.”

“During these difficult times with the pandemic, it is more important than ever to make sure that employers can connect with candidates remotely,” said GI Go Fund CEO and Co-Founder JAMES FANOUS. “Empire Vets has been working diligently over the past year to this end, connecting veterans in New York City with thousands of opportunities posted by companies for COVID-19 relief and recovery. We are proud to be a part of this event and are thankful to the Queens Borough President for putting it together.”

“As an Associate of FHFG and a Financial Representative with Guardian, you’re an entrepreneur. You can define your career, be your own boss, keep flexible hours and earn a highly competitive income. You’ll join a community of professionals and a company with a solid reputation. Best of all, you’ll be building a business for yourself, but not by yourself,” said Forest Hills Financial Group Director of Operations DIANE NEUSTADT. “When you become a financial representative with FHFG, you can have more than just the career you want.  You can have the life you want while doing meaningful work.”

“In these challenging times, the New York City Children’s Center, along with the assistance of the Queens Borough President’s Office; strives to support the community and grow our workforce of professionals to strengthen our commitment to provide acute and special care to child and adolescent residents,” said New York City Children’s Center Human Resources Specialist LATASHA NASH.

“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.”

“Westhab is transforming communities by developing quality affordable housing and delivering the services that people and neighborhoods need to thrive,” said Westhab Human Resources Coordinator RACHEL PIMBLE.


WHAT:         Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair

WHEN:         Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 2-3:30 PM

WHERE:       Live stream:

Prospective applicants interested in participating via Zoom must RSVP by Wednesday, February 17 at

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