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Upcoming LGBTQ+ Career & Resource Fair will help connect Ohioans with affirming (and hiring!) employers

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On Saturday, November 12, Plexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will be joining forces to present an all-day LGBTQ+ Career & Resource Fair.

The event has been designed to connect individuals with more than 20 northeast Ohio area employers who are actively hiring and dedicated to attracting diverse talent. Candidates will be able to talk directly to LGBTQ+ affirming employers from a range of sectors and career offerings as well as participate in free skill building sessions, including:

  • Resume Design
  • Get LinkedIn: Social Media for Career Connections
  • Being Out & Proud at Work
  • Practice Interview Sessions
  • Make-Up Tutorials & Dress for Confidence Consultations
  • On-site technical assistance for resume building, online job searches, and LinkedIn profile management.

The LGBTQ+ Career & Resource Fair comes at a time when unemployment is disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

“LGBTQ+ employment loss critically impacts the overall health and wellbeing of these individuals who commonly experience marginalization and discrimination,” said Amanda Cole, executive director of Plexus. “The intersection between financial stability and health is an integral balance. Job loss brings about additional mental and physical burdens, that can further lead to a public health crisis for individuals already marginalized and experiencing disparities in health care access.

Some recent stats underscore the need for this event:

  • Transgender workers report unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole (14% vs. 7% at the time the workers were surveyed). [1]
  • More than four in 10 transgender people (44%) who are currently working are underemployed. [2]
  • Many LGBTQ+ individuals live in households that are at or near the poverty line. LGBTQ+ respondents of color (26%) and transgender respondents (28%) are even more likely to earn less than $25,000.[3]

“This event will help LGBTQ+ job seekers approach the job market and potential employers with greater ease and confidence,” Cole said, “Wrapping around classes to increase essential skills — such as interviewing, confidence, public speaking, and resume development — helps to address underlying barriers to accessing the labor market.”

The 20+ Employers include MetroHealth, Avery Dennison, Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Oswald Companies, Sherwin Williams, and Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities. 🔥

Ignite Action: 

  • The LGBTQ+ Career & Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 9am – 3pm at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Registration is FREE and highly recommended. Go HERE to register. 

The LGBTQ+ Job Fair will be held on Saturday, November 12.

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