The City of Riviera Beach hosted its eighth annual job fair at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center on Thursday, June 8. The event catered to youth and young adults ages 16-26. Employers like Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, The Rapids, Marriot Singer Island and the Riviera Beach Police Department were among the approximately 30 employers in attendance.
The 9:00am event started with registration and a brief orientation that reminded applicants of job readiness and interview tips and skills. Employers conducted on-the-spot interviews and potential prospects were able to complete online applications on-site with laptops that were made available at the event.
Mayor Thomas Masters said that events like this job fair help counter the violence that cities like Riviera Beach experience during the summer months. “We know that when people, particularly young people, are not employed the violence [and] the crime rate goes up.” Masters said. He continued by saying that it is the collective community’s responsibility to help young people stay busy during summer months by obtaining gainful employment. “We must not leave our young people behind during the summer. God’s greatest gift is our children.”
For individuals not in attendance, Mayor Masters urged them to download the Mayor Masters app. He said that community members will be able to send him direct messages and check out the latest employment opportunities and events happening in Riviera Beach.