For the past few years my office, Fairfax County Public Schools and Connection Newspapers, along with Supervisors’ offices, businesses, and community organizations including our local chambers, have hosted very successful teen job fairs and career-building workshops. These events focused on students and young job seekers looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions. The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions.
This year I am once again teaming up with Connection Newspapers, Fairfax County Public Schools, community chambers and organizations and my fellow Board members to bring our community two Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Career-Building Workshops. Normally, we host 5-6 fairs at local high schools. With the limitations of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s fairs will be hosted virtually through Brazen, a professional virtual job fair platform. The virtual fairs are scheduled for Saturday, March 13th from 2-5p.m. and Saturday, March 20th from 11a.m. to 2p.m.
The fairs will be open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume. Free online booth space will be provided to businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. We will also host resume and career building sessions with our Chamber of Commerce partners. Beginning February 1st, this page will be updated to include a link where both students as well as employers may register to attend.
First jobs are important, and these events help connect teens with employers and prepare our youth for the workforce. This year especially, our students and employers are desperate for opportunities provided by the fair with the hope that some normalcy will begin this summer.
See which businesses participated in the fairs this year here.
Check out the recordings from the 2021 Teen Job Fair Workshops:
Resume Writing 101 Courtesy of Jennifer Rose, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
How to Prepare for an Interview Courtesy of Casey Whitmarsh, State Farm/South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce