The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) held its fourth annual job fair on May 5. Despite the wind and rain, hopeful job seekers made the trek to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at Boston to meet with 34 employers.
“A job seeker told me that it was the best job fair she’d ever attended. Employers were equally impressed at the end of the day,” said Natalie Ornell, planning and development coordinator of AACA.
The Massachusetts preliminary unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Along with the job fair, AACA also offers job training programs that strengthen clients resumes and skills. The educational programs include Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills (BEEMS), Careers in Banking and Finance, and English for speakers of other languages. Its Employment Center provides free assistance in resume writing, job search and career counseling for clients with low or moderate income.
Cyndy Chapin, AACA director of employment services, has been with the agency for six years and loves her job. She wants to help others feel the same way. “AACA has a reputation for delivering what we promise,” Chapin said.
Chapin explained the Employment Center did more than match clients to jobs; its staff match them to ideal positions, so they can achieve their dreams. Career specialists take the time to understand client goals, whether it is to learn a new skill or language. AACA has clients from more than 125 countries with varying levels of education and professional experience.
Employer Peabody Properties attended the job fair and is a long-term supporter of AACA’s BEEMS program. Recruiter Mitchelle Frederick said Peabody’s goal was to “continue the growth of the community to employ people from that community.”
Other employers included WGBH, South Shore YMCA and Citizens Bank.
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