by Bambi Weavil
Bambi Weavil: Out to Work is presented by the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and is New York’s first career fair targeted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. How long has this been in the works?
Dirk McCall: We have been working on Out to Work for nearly a year, planning, putting the pieces in place, studying how other career fairs have been organized and how they have worked. We have been doing extensive corporate outreach to line up the companies that will be recruiting that day and have also been attentive to getting out the word that the event is taking place.
BW: How can companies get involved? Any standouts so far in their commitment to participate?
DM: Companies should contact me or Sean Oakley at the Greenwich Village and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and we can send over the sponsorship and exhibitor packages. Currently we have four sponsors, HSBC, Sovereign Bank, Con Ed and Village Care. Exhibitors include Google, Aetna, AXA Advisors, the MTA, QSAC, Fenwick Keats and KPMG.
BW: In your opinion, why should companies target the GLBT market?
DM: Corporations are eager to ensure they have a diverse workforce and are able to look like America. With the LGBT Market being such a strong force in our economy, firms want to find folks who can help them perform better in this sector.
BW: What can LGBT job applicants expect by attending? What should they bring?
DM: Attendees should bring multiple copies of their resume (at least 35, if not 40). A resume has to be turned into the organizers in order to enter. We will have 30-35 companies with booths taking resumes, talking with applicants and telling them about open positions in their company. We will have a range of exhibitors from financial service providers to accounting firms to not-for-profits and realtors. It will be diverse and exciting.
BW: Can companies still sign up to be exhibitors? What’s the best way companies can participate in Out to Work?
DM: We still have a few slots left and are nailing down the final details. Any company that wishes to participate should contact me as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-255-5852. I look forward to speaking with them.
BW: What are some other key events coming up for the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce?
DM: We run monthly business networking lunches and will be featuring NYS Assembly Small Business Committee Chair Mark Weprin in September and various folks from NYC’s Department of Small Business Services in October. We also run monthly mixers – our After Hours series.
BW: What are some ways that Out to Work stands out compared to other career fairs in the Northeast area that members of the GLBT community have participated in, either as a company or as a applicant?
DM: I think we are the only career fair focused on the LGBT community in the NorthEast.
BW: Out Impact, Inc. is a proud media partner of Out to Work, we encourage everyone who can attend the first career fair in New York targeted to the LGBT community on September 19th, 2007 from 10a – 6p at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street in New York City! For more information please visit Out To Work’s official site at http://www.outtowork.com.
We also encourage corporations to join Out to Work and make a impact in our community.
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