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Online job fair targets workers ages 14 to 24

They're dubbing it a "virtual" job fair, yet organizers hope that employers in the Tampa Bay area flock online to offer very real jobs for younger workers.

From Sunday to May 22, job seekers ages 14 to 24 are being urged to submit their resumes for specific openings posted on the WorkNet Pinellas website. As of early Tuesday, 46 job seekers and 18 businesses had registered.

Ed Peachey, WorkNet president and CEO, said the weeklong online fair is intended to be an efficient way to review resumes to hire young workers, a group that has been particularly bitten by the recession.

Youth unemployment nationally has been running far higher than the national rate of 9.9 percent: 26 percent for teenagers, 16 percent for those ages 20 to 24.

In addition to WorkNet Pinellas, other fair organizers include the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, Junior Achievement and regional schools and colleges.

To post a business opening, register as a job seeker or get more information, go to and click on Virtual Job Fair.

Registration is free. Resumes can be posted only during the week of the fair.

Online job fair targets workers ages 14 to 24 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:08pm]
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