A second chance job fair for people struggling with job barriers

City says 7,000 summer jobs are available for Boston youth ages 14 to 18

On Thursday mornings, Grace Church is hosting the Second Chance Job Fair in Fort Myers to help people who face job hurdles, from a prison record to a lack of transportation.

Sometimes all you need is a second chance, and one woman is the proof. After spending years behind bars and addicted to drugs, Victoria turned her life around.

Victoria was imprisoned at the age of twenty-three. She was in prison for three years, and a few days after her release, she found opportunities at the Second Chance Employment Fair. Victoria left two job offers and is now a vital member of the WB Williamson Bros., Inc. team.

The objective of the non-profit organization Better together It is to give these job seekers a second chance and break down barriers to employment, including homelessness, previous incarceration, lack of childcare and reliable transportation, or even gaps in a resume due to the pandemic.

The job fair will come with resources to help candidates feel and look their best. They’ll review resumes, go over interview skills, and even offer free haircuts and clothes.

Victoria says she wouldn’t have believed you a few years ago if you told her that one day she’d be sober, go to church, and work full time at a job she’s really good at.

“My parents came and got me when I got my parole; I got here on Saturday… [on] “Tuesday morning I saw a newscast about the Better Jobs Together second chance fair,” Victoria said. “My mom looked at me and said, ‘You should go, you should try.’ And I walked out of there with two job offers. I never thought I’d get out of jail in this situation, that I’d only get out four days.”

This job fair is taking place at 2415 Grand Ave. From 11 am to 2 pm you can be offered a job on the spot.