Job seekers who face obstacles finding employment because of prior convictions  may find new opportunities at Suffolk County’s annual “Fresh Start Career Expo” in Hauppauge on March 16.

The event will feature employers from various industries, including sales, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution.

“For job seekers, finding employment as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic can be hard enough without the obstacles faced by individuals with previous convictions,”  County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement. 

“The Fresh Start Career Expo is designed to help any and all job seekers re-enter the workforce regardless of their past,” he added. “On top of that, we are hosting a number of career events in March for our residents to explore new opportunities and work towards furthering their career.”

The event takes place at Long Island Cares Inc. in Hauppauge from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Advanced registration is encouraged. For more information, click here.

Professional attire is available through the Suffolk County Department of Labor’s Career Couture, which offers individuals proper business clothing , free of charge. This enables people to dress for the job they want, enhancing their chances of finding employment.

Suffolk’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs workshops and career events are held through its One-Stop Employment Center. The center functions as a full-service human resources facility that brings together both employers and job seekers. Here, residents can access a streamlined approach to job search and the tools necessary for a self-directed or staff-assisted job search. The center also provides employers with facilities and workforce support.

“Finding employment can be difficult enough, regardless of the barriers that those with justice involvement may face,” Rosalie Drago, Suffolk County Department of Labor commissioner, said in a statement.

“At a Fresh Start Job Fair attendees will receive guidance and learn proven strategies for a path back into the workforce,” she added. “We encourage individuals that may be struggling to find meaningful employment to attend any of our career events as they see fit. Our job is to assist residents and job-seekers gain employment and potentially life-changing opportunities.”

To register for the Fresh Start Career Expo, click here.

The center will host several employment events in March to assist residents in their job searches.

Start Your Own Business, Career Exploration Event (Virtual)

Wednesday, March 23, 9:30 a.m – 10 a.m. To register, visit: bit.ly/DOLSYOB

Longwood Public Library Job Fair

Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island. To register, visit: bit.ly/SCLongwood

Civil Service Career Exploration

Thursday, March 31, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. One-Stop Employment Center, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge. To register, visit: bit.ly/CivilServiceDOLSC

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