Career fair helps area young people prepare to enter the workforce

Housing Authority offers job fair to area youth

BAKERSFIELD - Getting a leg up on the job hunt at a young age, that was the goal of a career fair aimed directly at young people.

Youth from all over the area are learning the importance of dressing for success and how to build a good, strong resume that's sure to secure future employment.  

Alex De La Cruz says looking for work is just like having a full-time job.

He does his research and spends a lot of time passing out his resume and cover letter to employers around Kern County.

“I would say (that I stand out from other job candidates) because my history.  What I've gone through. I have gone through training with the military. I've come out a hard work all my life. I've never put down anything; I’ve never done anything half baked," he said.

Workers with the Housing Authority of the County of Kern are not only helping youth put together resumes on site, they're also giving them the confidence to talk with future employers.

“Just giving them the basic skills that they are going to need when they are presenting themselves to any potential employer and really it helps them beyond just employment.  It helps them with interviews with college. It helps them with a whole lot of different arenas," said Norma Rojas-Mora with the Housing Authority.

Several area young people already have temporary jobs and are at the career fair looking for something permanent that offers more hours.

"It's kind of hard. I've applied at a lot of places and I haven't heard nothing because I don't have any experience but I’m trying to get experience any type of way," said Laryan Phillips, who continues to search for work.

Youth involved in the Housing Authority programs go through mock interviews and train to be the ideal job candidate in whatever field they choose.

"(I am looking in the fields of) construction, oil field work, you know. Basically, I’m an all around type of guy.  Don't really matter to me. It's just making money," he adds.

Organizers invited young people from all over the community to participate and there were about a dozen vendors on hand to give young applicants advice and of course accepting their resumes.

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