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Rangel Joins Columbia and City College to Help Job Seekers

By Jeff Mays | November 8, 2011 7:28pm
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel is hosting a job readiness expo and job fair with Columbia University and City College.
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel is hosting a job readiness expo and job fair with Columbia University and City College.
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HARLEM — U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel is joining with Columbia University to host a job fair at the college Wednesday.

Columbia University will host a career readiness expo Wednesday that will feature seminars on resume preparation, interview skills and small business development, according to university officials. Rangel will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Then, on Nov. 14, another job fair with Rangel, where expo participants will be able to use their newly acquired or sharpened skills to land a position, will take place at City College in Hamilton Heights.

“We have veterans and kids out of school that have never enjoyed the benfits of employment. It will be difficult for them to do things like own their own home, things that are part of being an American," Rangel said.

In years past, Rangel said he has helped other organizations with job fairs. Now, he wants to bring the expo and fair together and utilize their expertise to give those looking for work the best opportunity to land a position.

"We have a lot of young people that never had the experience of applying for a job. We have to share with them the type of employers out there," Rangel said. "They will have a better understanding of the opportunities available and the edge of apprehension will be dismissed."

At the Columbia University expo, participants will be able to receive technical training and English as a second language and GED assistance. Among the participants are the New York Urban League, Columbia’s Employment Center, and the New York State Department of Labor.

The Nov. 14 Rangel Career Fair at City College will include more than 60 groups, including Hertz, Microsoft and Delta Airlines.

Wednesday's job fair at Columbia University will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway at West 115th Street. The event is free and open to the public. Call (212) 854-2871 for more information.

The Nov. 14 job fair at City College will be held in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall at West 138th Street and Convent Avenue. Business attire is required and participants are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resumes. There will be no admissions after 3:15 p.m. and large bags and backpacks are not permitted.