The State Fair of Texas is proud to hold the first ever virtual Big Tex Job Fair, in partnership with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc., and Communities Foundation of Texas. The virtual job fair will provide opportunities for the South Dallas community and the Fair’s seasonal workers to meet with local companies, who will be taking applications and interviewing for employment positions encompassing a range of skill levels.
Every year, the State Fair of Texas brings more than 7,000 seasonal jobs to the Southern Sector of Dallas. Following the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair of Texas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fair sought ways to provide employment opportunities for underemployed seasonal workers. Traditionally, the Big Tex Job Fair would occur following the conclusion of the State Fair, however, due to the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair of Texas from the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual Job Fair will occur at the beginning of the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru.
“We know this year has been incredibly difficult for much of our community,” said Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, vice president of community affairs and strategic alliances for the State Fair of Texas. “Any opportunity for us to support those who are unemployed or underemployed right now is more important than ever.”
In addition to the virtual job fair, there are other opportunities for professional development. Goodwill Industries is holding virtual trainings, which began on Monday, September 14. The online training calendar can be accessed at BigTex.com/jobfair. The Fair will also host a Virtual Resource Day on Wednesday, September 23, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. These resources include resume tips, interview skills training, and mock interviews, in addition to other professional development opportunities.
“We are so pleased by the employer response to the State Fair of Texas Job Fair! Thousands of diverse jobs are posted for this event. Please register and join us virtually – Let’s Get Back to Work,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, President, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “If you need help with registration or preparing to make your best impression, please call our offices for assistance Monday and Tuesday at 214-290-1000. Aquí se habla español.”
The virtual Big Tex Job Fair will take place over the course of two days, September 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Employers will virtually meet potential employees, ranging from Dallas Fire Rescue and FedEx Ground to Parkland Healthy & Hospital System. For a complete listing of employers registered to attend, please visit BigTex.com/jobfair.
If you or a loved one would like to participate but do not have reliable access to internet, the Fair has partnered with TR Hoover Community Development Center to provide internet access for the virtual job fair and resource fair. TR Hoover Community Development Center is located at 5106 Bexar St., Dallas, TX, 75215.
In addition, Goodwill Industries of Dallas will have all of their locations – West Dallas, Garland and Lewisville, available to help candidates with access to computers, resume writing, and mock interviews. Appointments can be made by calling 214-638-2800 ext. 166 and are required for admittance.
“Goodwill Industries is thrilled with the opportunity to help South Dallas residents find employment during these difficult times,” said President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc., Tim Heis .“We’re delighted with the success of our partnership with the Fair and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, and hope to assist many South Dallas job seekers.”
For more information, and to register for this event, please visit BigTex.com/jobfair.