Veterans to get priority at May 29 Spring job fair

From the office of Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden

BATON ROUGE, LA - Veterans will get top priority at the Spring Job Fair hosted by the Mayor's Baton Rouge Business and Career Solutions Center on Thursday, May 29 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium, 103 France Street.

"Our goal is to connect job seekers with employers currently hiring in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas," said Penny LeDuff-Collins, Interim Program Administrator of the Mayor's Business and Career Solutions Center which receives State and City resources and support to hold the Job Fair.

LeDuff-Collins said the turnout for a similar job fair last fall lead organizers to arrange for a larger venue for the 2014 Spring Job Fair, and extend the event for an additional hour.

Veterans seeking employment will receive top preference. Only veterans will be allowed to enter the Job Fair from 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The doors will open to the general public beginning at 11 a.m., but veterans can continue to take advantage of the fair until it closes at 2 p.m.

Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden is slated to officially open this spring's job fair and will address the job-seeking veterans and employers at 9:15 a.m.

More than 50 employers and 400 job seekers are expected to be on hand for the May 29 Job Fair. Free parking will be available at the Belle of Baton Rouge Parking garage to accommodate the anticipated crowd.

Participating job seekers are encouraged bring their resumes and other pertinent information in hard copy format and to come dressed for success. In addition, this information can be brought on flash drives or USB Drives because the Louisiana Workforce Commission's mobile office will also be available.

The 40-foot-long Recreational Vehicle has computer terminals on board, along with satellite and internet access that allow Job Fair participants to submit online applications to employers during the event.

Employers with current vacancies are encouraged to reserve a booth space early as space is limited. Participating employers will also have the opportunity to take part in an informative Lunch and Learn session. For more information or to register, contact Deborah Chatman at or call (225) 925-4357.

To learn more about the Baton Rouge Business and Career Solutions Center's no-cost programs and services for employers and jobseekers, visit, or one of two locations: 4523 Plank Road and 1991 Wooddale Blvd.