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RBA’s first LGBTQ job fair kicks next week off with 10 day series of events to help you get hired

GayRVA Staff | March 10, 2017

The Richmond Metro area’s first annual job fair to connect local employers with LGBTQ-identifying job seekers, Richmond Business Alliance (RBA) Job Fair, happens two Saturdays from now, 3/25, but there’s two weeks of events and opportunities to get ahead when you pass out your resume on the 25th.

The event aims to offer educational programs, workshops, resources, and services geared towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/gender nonconforming (LGBTQ) job seekers.

“The job search process is inherently intimidating, even for many qualified applicants,” said RBA president Bary Hausrath explained, “We hope to address this with the job fair and the events leading up to it.

From dressing the part to approaching an interview with confidence, “perfecting the elevator pitch” to navigating the application process after coming out, a number of topics will be addressed at the two-week long series of events, held every Monday-Thursday nights, until the big event. (check out the full list of events below)

“Exhibitors (incluidng Suntrust, State Farm, Lowe’s and more) have demonstrated commitments to inclusion and diversity for LGBTQ employees,” Hausrath said. ”From the job seeker’s perspective, having confidence that their sexual orientation or gender identity is neither a liability nor a threat to their livelihood is incredibly important.”

Bill Harrison, Executive Director at Diversity Richmond observed that the “project is so needed as employment is an issue with many, especially the transgender community. Also, the classes that are being offered are invaluable to job-searchers. We are very proud to play a role in this endeavor.”

“Recognizing the employment difficulties faced by so many in the LGBT community, Equality Virginia is proud to be a part of this job fair that will provide days’ worth of practical and meaningful assistance to members in our community who are seeking to provide for themselves and their families,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia.

“In addition to our community partners that are helping spread the word, the donations from RBA members and other for and non-profit service providers have made the RBA Job Fair at Diversity Richmond, long a goal for many community activists, a reality,” Hausrath added.

The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair and Career Readiness Series are collaborative efforts involving representatives of community organizations including the Richmond Business Alliance, Equality Virginia, Diversity Richmond, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic), Nationz Foundation, and Richmond Transformers. The effort is funded in part by a grant from Diversity Richmond.

Community partners include Diversity Richmond, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic), and Equality Virginia.

Vendor inquiries should be directed to jobfair@richmondbusinessalliance.com

Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to sponsorship@richmondbusinessalliance.com

More information about the Job Fair and Career Readiness Series can be found online at www.richmondbusinessalliance.com



– First Annual RBA LGBTQ Job Fair –

Address: Event Hall (Entrances 2 & 3) at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond VA 23220.

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Entrances 3 and 4; free overflow parking on the street will also be available.

Date: Saturday March 25, 2017

Time (Exhibitors) Setup between 9 and 10 a.m.; The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond runs until 2 p.m.

Schedule for Job Seekers:

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast (sponsorship still available)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Panel discussion: How to Make the Job Fair Experience Rewarding and Successful

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee break (sponsorship available)

10:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond


Schedule of Events:
Monday (3/13) 630-830p @ Diversity Richmond/Diversity Thrift
Title: Shopping and Styling Night #1.**
Room: Event Hall (nonsmoking)
Join us for the first of two “Shopping and Styling” nights.

Tuesday (3/14) 630-830p @Diversity Richmond
Title: Resume and Application Writing
Room: Event Hall (nonsmoking section)
Join HR, career placement, and hiring professionals for workshops to help write a new resume or perfect an existing one. Whether you are starting out and looking for an entry level position, re-entering a career, middle management, or applying for a state or federal job, this workshop will offer one-on-one assistance (space limitations apply).

Wednesday (3/15) 630-830p @Diversity Richmond.
Title: Job Searching While LGBT: Navigating references, transcripts, and identity management.
Room: Event Hall (nonsmoking section)
A know-your-rights-style discussion of best practices as an LGBT job seeker, with a focus on trans-identified job seekers.

Thursday (3/16) 630-830p @ Diversity Richmond
Title: RBA Social with SunTrust’s Toastmasters: “Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch”
Room: Gallery
Learn how to make that quick connection a lasting one, with a short and compelling teaser for your own personal narrative. The experts from SunTrust’s Toastmasters group will be on hand to assist.

Monday (3/20) 630-830p @ Diversity Richmond/Diversity Thrift:
Title: Shopping and Styling Night #2.**
Room: Event Hall (nonsmoking)
Volunteer Presenters: Jon Cope. Zakia McKinsey re presentation. Evelyn Fowler will be here for styling.
Volunteer Tailors: Ron Lee and Lottie Ellington
Volunteer Resume helpers: Ari at HB
Join us for the Second of two “Shopping and Styling” nights.

Tuesday (3/21) 630-830p @ Diversity Richmond
Title: “21st Century Job Hunter: Knowing the Basics”
Room: Classroom
Volunteers: Ted Heck and Jennifer McCluskey. Kelsey at HB for resumes
Volunteer Resume helpers: Kelsey at HB
Do you have a professional-friendly email account or outgoing voicemail? Does that social media presence convey your most employable self? Which job sites should you use? What do the different search criteria mean?
Help with resume and application writing help also will be on hand from 6:30-8:30 for those not participating in the 21st Century Job Hunter: Knowing the Basics Program

Wednesday (3/22) 630-830p @Diversity Richmond
Title: “Mock Interview” Night
Room: Event Hall
Volunteers: Kelly Green-Bloomfield at SJV, Sara Loritsch & Cait Burns at VCU for workshop. Kelsey and Ari at Health Brigade to assist with exercises.
Do you know to ask, “what type of interview will this be?” In today’s employment environment, there are many different styles of interview, each with its pros and cons. Attend this program to learn about the different types of interviews and how to approach each with confidence.

Thursday (3/23) 630-830p @ Diversity Richmond.
Room: Lounge (board room off gallery)
Title: “To Your Credit”
Volunteers: SunTrust
Learn from the financial experts at SunTrust about: the basics of your credit, your credit report, their importance, how to build and restore your credit, spotting and fixing errors on your credit report, and guarding against identity theft

Day of (Saturday 3/25) @ Diversity Richmond
9-10 a.m. (nonsmoking bingo room) “How to make the job fair experience rewarding and successful” Jennifer McCluskey / Exhibitor Setup.
10-10:15 Coffee break (nonsmoking room)
10:15 a.m.-2p.m. JOB FAIR (bingo hall)

** SHOPPING: All LGBTQ people who are interested in presenting feminine in the workplace will have a shopping night at Diversity Thrift and can be fitted for alterations, courtesy of volunteer tailors. Thanks to the generous support of Diversity Richmond, all job seekers will receive one voucher good for up to $40 towards interview and professional dress at Diversity Thrift.

** STYLING: All LGBTQ people who are interested in presenting masculine in the workplace will have tutorials on professional presentation and styling. Proper binding tips will be provided onsite with tutorials. Limited binders are available at no cost.
In addition, job application and resume assistance will be available from 6:30pm-8:30pm.