Burgum promotes 2nd Chance Job Fair designed for individuals with barriers to employment

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Job Service North Dakota is hosting its annual 2nd Chance Job Fair on June 6 in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.

The 2nd Chance Job Fair is an opportunity to bring jobseekers who may have barriers to employment into direct contact with employers that are aware of their status and are willing and able to provide employment opportunities. 

“With more than 15,000 online job openings and an estimated 30,000 total jobs available in our state, we need to keep identifying and breaking down barriers to employment to ensure that every North Dakotan who wants to work has the opportunity,” Burgum said. “The 2nd Chance Job Fair is a valuable forum for making connections between employers and jobseekers with barriers to employment.”

Barriers to employment could include homelessness, a criminal record, receiving government assistance payments, gaps in employment, persons with a disability, veterans looking to re-enter the civilian labor force and disabled veterans, minority groups, new Americans, individuals lacking a high school diploma or GED, and more.

These individuals may be passed over by some employers, and it’s the goal of job fair to educate employers about the benefits of hiring this target group, while also affirming for individuals looking for a second chance that they are productive members of the community. In March, Burgum signed legislation that will prohibit most public employers from inquiring into or considering the criminal history of an applicant until he or she has been selected for an interview.

The job fairs are free and open to the public. They will be held June 6 at Job Service offices at the following times and locations:

Bismarck:  3:30 to 6 p.m., 1601 E. Century Ave.

Grand Forks:  1 to 4 p.m., 1501 28th Ave. S.

Fargo:  2 to 4 p.m., 1350 32nd St. S.

For more information, or to register a business, go to www.jobsnd.com/job-fairs

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