More than 1,000 job seekers attend Eyewitness News Job Fair

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – With resumes in hand, nearly 1,100 people attended the WPRI 12 and Fox Providence 9th Annual Eyewitness News Job Fair.

The event was held at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday and featured more than 100 employers looking to fill positions.

Judge Rotenberg Center attended the 9th Annual WPRI 12 & FOX Providence Job Fair with many job openings eager to meet qualified job seekers. Photo: Lee Dooley / WPRI 12

Some of the attendees even reached out to help other job seekers.

“I was sitting here talking to another lady that’s looking for a job and I overheard her mention Home Depot and my son works there. He has a very good position there, so I offered his card. Maybe she could get some good insight from talking to my son,” said Lisa Lynch of North Providence.

Lynch – who was at the job fair hoping to find a medical receptionist position – said she knows what it’s like to be without a job so she had to help.

“I think everything happens for a reason and God puts people together for a certain reason,” she said.

Some of the companies included Duluth Trading Company, Children’s Friend, Clean Water Action, HW Staffing Solutions, Johnson and Wales University, and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, along with larger companies, like CVS Health, Cox Communications, and Citizens Bank.

Local colleges and technical schools also attended.

One Eyewitness News employee got hired for her position after attending the job fair in 2016.

Brooke Amerantes currently works in the sales department, but one year ago, she was at the job fair looking for work and she encouraged people to attend, “It really sets you apart from everyone else. You’re talking face to face with people that could potentially hire you and everybody else is applying online.” said Amerantes.