Osceola County hosts job fair Friday at Heritage Park

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – As people walked in the doors at the Osceola Heritage Park event center Friday they heard the ringing of a bell, signifying another person had landed a job at a job fair hosted by Osceola County.
The free job fair ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and officials said more than 100 employers set up booths.

"It's a really great response from the business community," Osceola County public information officer Mark Pino said. "We've increased the number by about 30 -- we are over 100 today."

The county hosted its second job fair in seven months to meet the growing community need for employment opportunities. Osceola County received an influx of evacuees from Puerto Rico last year after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory. Many Puerto Ricans have struggled to find well-paying jobs and permanent affordable housing.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended its transitional housing voucher program last week, which will allow thousands of Puerto Rican students living in Central Florida to complete the school year without the risk of becoming homeless.

On Friday, the Osceola County Human Resources Department offered two free workshops to help with resume writing and interviewing skills. Recent college graduate, Antonio Cintron, who evacuated from Puerto Rico, took part in the resume workshop.

"It was really outdated, so they were helping me out," Cintron said of his resume.

Right now, he's working part time as a customer service agent with an airline and is living with family members. However, with his bachelor's degree in information systems, he's hoping to land a full-time IT job that pays more.

"I'm currently living with family. My objective right now is to move away from family so I'm going to go job-hunting," Cintron said.

During a November job fair, county officials said more than 150 people were offered jobs on the spot and many others set up interviews.

County officials say 900 people attended Friday's job fair, many of them also leaving with jobs.

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