Carper, Coons, Carney urge businesses to reserve their spots now at Delaware job fairs

First job fair is less than two weeks away: April 23 in Kent County

WILMINGTON, Del. – With less than two weeks before their first job fair of 2012, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney today encouraged local businesses ready to hire to reserve their spots before it’s too late. The first of three job fairs planned for this spring will be held on April 23 in Dover (see below for a complete schedule). The Congressional delegation hosted three job fairs across Delaware last year, with nearly 5,000 job seekers attending.

“We have recently seen some good signs that employers are gaining the confidence they need to accelerate hiring in the months ahead,” said Senator Carper. “While that’s encouraging, there are still far too many unemployed Delawareans and we have to continue our efforts to help get our friends and neighbors get back to work. That’s why I am again partnering with our Congressional delegation to bring employers and prospective employees together at job fairs throughout our state. We’ll build on the success of last year’s job fairs throughout Delaware and hopefully help more folks in need find good jobs.”

“We physically ran out of space for employers to set up at last year’s job fairs, so now really is the time for businesses and organizations looking to hire to reserve their tables for this year’s job fairs,” Senator Coons said. “Nearly 5,000 job seekers came to our job fairs last year, and while I’ve loved hearing from Delawareans who found work at one of them, others still need our help. Even though the economy has begun to pick up, we can’t stop trying to help our out-of-work neighbors find jobs. It remains my top priority. There are employers right here in Delaware ready to hire, and these job fairs will connect them with talented folks looking for jobs.”

“Too many qualified Delawareans continue to have difficulty finding employment,” said Congressman Carney. “This event will bring together job seekers with businesses, public agencies, and our colleges and universities to provide them with the opportunities and support they need to get back in the workforce. I’m confident that we can build on the success of last year’s delegation job fairs and recent economic growth to help get Delawareans back to work.”

Job Fair Schedule and Details:

  • Kent County: April 23, 2012 at Delaware State University in Dover
  • Sussex County: April 30, 2012 at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center in Rehoboth Beach
  • New Castle County: June 25, 2012 at Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington

In addition to networking with companies looking to hire, job seekers can also take advantage of the myriad workshops, career counseling and resume review opportunities.

For more information or how to participate as an employer or job seekers, please call Senator Coons’ office at 302-573-6345, or email