Tips & opportunit​ies for jobseekers from the Career Developmen​t Center

If you or someone you know is looking for a job, JF&CS’s Career Development Center (CDC) is offering several upcoming career fairs and employer meetings that might make all the difference in a job search. Patrick Ferraro, Employer Relations Consultant at the CDC, works directly with employers looking to hire new talent, and structures CDC career fairs in a way that allows for meaningful interaction between employers and jobseekers.


“Career fairs at the CDC are very different from a typical career fair,” Patrick said. “We aim to allow at least 10-15 minutes for each attendee to spend one-on-one with employers to discuss their background and qualifications. That’s why we stress the importance of registering for our career fairs in advance.”


Patrick suggests that jobseekers attending a career fair at the CDC consider the following tips to maximize their experience:


  1. Do your research and communicate your value- Research employers that will be at the career fair beforehand and any available positions. If there are specific companies you’d like to work for, be ready to discuss the company and clearly communicate why you’d be a great fit.   

  2. Develop relationshipsIf there isn’t an available job for you, don’t overlook the tremendous opportunity you have to network. Building strong relationships with recruiters and decision-makers will make sure that you’re on their radar when new opportunities arise. “Don’t go in with the expectation of walking away with a job that day,” Patrick said. “Instead, engage the recruiter enough to make a lasting impression. Recognize the value of making a human connection when the employment process is mostly digital.”  

  3. Contact the Career Development CenterA career consultant at the CDC can help jobseekers connect to job leads, provide coaching to better prepare for interviews and offer advice and support to those who may be feeling discouraged with slow progress. Jobseekers may qualify for free services under one of the many contracts the CDC holds, and for those who don’t, services are available on a sliding fee scale based upon ability to pay.

“Above all, don’t be discouraged by slow progress,” Patrick said. “Keep networking, attending career fairs and applying for jobs-you never know how or when a door will open up.”


Next month, the CDC hold a career fair on August 7th for jobseekers interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field. The career fair will be held at the JF&CS office, located at 5743 Bartlett Street in Squirrel Hill. 


Additionally the CDC and its partners, North Hills Community Outreach and South Hills Interfaith Ministries, have planned two fall career fairs to be held on September 18th in Bethel Park and another on October 22nd in Millvale.


Those wishing to attend any of the upcoming career fairs must register in advance by calling 412-586-3728.


At the CDC, we’re here for those in our community who are unemployed and looking for work, as well as those who want to make a career change or need support along the way. The CDC helps jobseekers navigate the job search process by providing extensive resources and support, such as workshops, career fairs, one-on-one resume and interview help and more. The career consultants and staff at the CDC work with people of all ages and levels of experience to help them find employment and build careers in our region, even in the difficult and competitive job climate so many are currently facing.


Funding provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the United Way of Allegheny County helps the CDC hold career fairs and provide services for community members.


If you are looking for a new job, or know someone who is, the Career Development Center can help. For more information about services and programs available at the CDC, call 412.422.5627 or visit

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