May 16, 2013
More than 3,000 people in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are actively looking for work, according to the latest labor statistics. But that number is dropping a bit, thanks to the city's massive job fair earlier this month.
Lakeisha Warfield is one of many people who attended the job fair that is now back in the work force. She started her new job with Public Partnerships LLC, based in Glen Allen, this week. Her job is to provide care to a resident at Charlottesville's Crescent Hall, a public housing complex.
"It's a better feeling to me now knowing that I can get up in the morning and don't have to worry or have a headache or a barrier on my shoulders worried about where is my next paycheck going to come from," Warfield said.
"I don't like sitting around. I like to move around all day long, so I come to work and I clean. I ask him if there's anything else that I need to do."
On May 1, Lakeisha and her cousin attended the city's job fair at John Paul Jones Arena, along with about 1,000 other job-seekers.
Joyce Robbins, the president of Robbins Staffing, was also there, looking to hire.
"We collected 112 resumes," Robbins said.
That turned into 20 interviews and already a handful of new jobs. Robbins says jobs are out there for people who are diligent.
"I think it is improving," said Robbins. "It's just, it's slower than we would like it to be."
Warfield was looking for a job for an entire year, before she found her new position with Public Partnerships LLC. She has some advice for those who were not as fortunate at the job fair:
"Don't give up. Don't ever think, 'Oh, they're not going to hire me because I look like this or I look like that.'"