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'Second Chancers' Join Job Seekers At Bridgeport Job Fair

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim talked with job seekers and potential employers at the 20th annual Community Career Fair at Housatonic Community College.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim talked with job seekers and potential employers at the 20th annual Community Career Fair at Housatonic Community College. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
Hundreds attended the Community Career Fair at Housatonic Community College on Thursday.
Hundreds attended the Community Career Fair at Housatonic Community College on Thursday. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Hundreds of job seekers from around the region, including those with prior criminal records looking for a second chance, converged on Housatonic Community College on Thursday as part of the 20th annual Community Career Fair.

Mayor Joe Ganim, who has declared October Second Chance Awareness Month in the city, was joined by Career Resources Inc. and The WorkPlace in welcoming both prospective employees and the more than 55 employers looking for new staff.

“This job fair is a tremendous opportunity for job seekers, including those who may have made a mistake in their past,” said Ganim, who was convicted of federal felony corruption charges after his first stint as mayor in 2003.

“It’s not easy to ask for a second chance. I am a second chance mayor and, through my example, my hope is that prospective employers can see someone who has accepted the help and good graces of others to take a step forward.”

Employers at the fair ran the gamut from the U.S. Marine Corps to Easter Seals Goodwill Industries to Subway.

The first hour was set aside for “re-entry individuals” to meet with potential employers and employment agencies, but many of those in attendance were simply looking for a new position.

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