The Second Opportunities Employment Fair is on Thursday for job seekers with employment barriers

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Job seekers facing barriers to employment will have an opportunity to meet with employers Thursday at the Day 2 Nationwide Job Opportunity Expo hosted by Better Together in Fort Myers.

Employment barriers come in many forms, including homelessness, prior incarceration, lack of childcare or reliable transportation, or gaps in resume due to the pandemic. Better Together is looking to help break down these barriers by hosting a series of background-appropriate job fairs in partnership with churches across the country—including Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.—as part of the nonprofit’s National Second Chances Day.

Job fairs will showcase employers who are willing to meet with job seekers in the Southwest Florida area and offer jobs immediately. Participating employers include Amazon, Better Together, Creative Cottages, David Lawrence Centers, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, HireQuest, PeopleReady, Shaw Development, St. Matthew’s House, Storm Smart, and US LBM Holdings.

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The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Church, 2415 Grand Ave. at Fort Myers.

Additional resources include free one-on-one job coaching sessions to review resumes and interviewing skills, and free haircuts and clothing to help candidates feel and look their best.

Resources will be provided by organizations including Adult Education and Employment, Alcoholics Anonymous, David Lawrence Centers, FutureMakers Coalition, Hope Clubhouse, Lee County Elections Office, LeeTran, Love INC Southwest Florida, Oxford House and Veterans Affairs .

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Church, 2415 Grand Ave. at Fort Myers.

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