VA Career Works holds job fair for those recently laid off

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ROANOKE, Va (WFXR News) – Virginia Career Works is trying to find new jobs for those who have been impacted by recent layoffs.

From Norfolk Southern to GE to FreightCar America many people have been let go. So the Roanoke Career works hosted a job fair Thursday for workers to match them with places looking for their particular skill set.

“I was hoping to retire with Norfolk Southern but life doesn’t always work out that way,” said Ed Matney.

Matney found himself looking for a job after being furloughed in January.

“It was a surprise. The writing had been on the wall for some time, but, yea, it was a surprise,” Matney said.

Now, he’s hoping to land a job with one of the companies at the job fair held specifically from people like him.

“Just networking and trying to talk to potential employers and get my name out there and try to see what opportunities are out there,” said Matney.

One of the businesses there was AmeriCold.

“We have opportunities that can help support a family and keep people going. So it’s really important for us, for me to get out in the community and be able to help individuals who need jobs,” said Recruiting Specialist for AmeriCold Tiffany Worstell.

AmeriCold operates the local Kroger distribution center.

“With our positions, it is a lot of labor-intensive work so individuals from GE and from Freight Car America and from the railroad, a lot of those have had that type of work before, so they’re not unaccustomed to hard work.”

That’s something Brad Stephens with Virginia Career Works agrees with.

“These are folks who have tons of transferrable skills and we can really help them get back on their feet quickly,” said Stephens.

It’s help people like Matney appreciate.

“It’s very important to know that the community is here with the resources to help our men and women get through this difficult time,” Matney said.

The fair was also open to people who hadn’t been recently laid off, like Timothy Forbes who came to see what was available.

“It’s easily accessible and for somebody like myself, it gives me the opportunity to speak to somebody face to face. The whole online thing is very impersonal,” Forbes said.

Anyone who missed the career fair today can still get connected with the companies that were there and more that weren’t by stopping by Virginia Career Works or visiting their website or Virginia Workforce Connection website.

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