Memphis Commercial Appeal Article Highlights Seedco Job Fairs

A February 7 article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal profiled Seedco’s upcoming job fairs, which feature jobs in a range of fields, including construction, warehouse, forklift, machine shop, call centers and restaurants. Over the next 28 days, Seedco will hold 16 job fairs  for the Memphis community! The series of job fairs, titled “I LOVE TO WORK,” are designed to serve participants in Seedco’s programs, including out-of-school youth and individuals with a history of criminal justice involvement, as well as the larger community.

The full story is available at https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/money/business/2018/02/07/16-memphis-job-fairs-28-days-seedco-memphis-says-some-jobs-background-check-friendly/316697002/ and is posted below. Learn more about Seedco’s Memphis programs here.

16 job fairs in 28 days? Seedco Memphis says some jobs ‘background friendly’

(Photo: The Commercial Appeal)

Seedco Memphis is holding 16 job fairs in 28 days as part of its “I LOVE TO WORK” series.

The nonprofit economic empowerment organization is connecting employers with prospective workers every Tuesday and Thursday throughout February.

Each of those days, Seedco has scheduled two two-hour events in which a single employer will be available to meet with job applicants.

The series continues Thursday when Seedco presents a company seeking janitorial workers at 10 a.m. and a company looking for forklift/warehouse employees at 2 p.m.

The sessions will be held in Seedco offices at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, Suite 502.

Seedco job developer C.J. Harris said some of the positions available are “background friendly,” meaning that employers are willing to accept a relatively recent blemish on an applicant’s record.

About 60 applicants showed up the first two days, when employers included a call center, warehouse and restaurant.

Among employers scheduled later in the month are call centers, construction, warehouse and machine shop.

Seedco’s mission is to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.

Seedco regularly partners with employers seeking workers. It also connects job-seekers with services such as job placement and career planning.

Harris said he came up with the slogan “I LOVE TO WORK” because, “It’s February. It’s the month of love. That’s the first thing that popped into my head.”

“We’re trying to change the mindset and the culture. Let’s be honest, nobody really loves to go to work. But if you have love for yourself, love for your family and love for doing something better, this is a way to help achieve that,” Harris said.

Reach reporter Wayne Risher at (901) 529-2874 or wayne.risher@commercialappeal.com.