Goodwill hosted a “reverse job fair,” sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Employment Consortium on April 25. The event was organized by George Clark, Business Development Coordinator for Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, and Scott Kramer of the Center for Adult Autism, a division of the Chattanooga Autism Center.
Member organizations that participated included: CGI, Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation, Johnson Mental Health Center, Keith Care and the Orange Grove Center. Goodwill business partners that participated included: Food City; Sodexo, food service provider for Memorial Hospital; ABM Janitorial Services, contract janitorial service provider for Hamilton County Board of Education; and Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center.
The employers came for breakfast and Scott spoke on autism in the workplace. The employers then went from table to table to speak with 24 applicants.
The employers felt that it went very well. Exit survey comments included: “The applicants were very well prepared for interviews, with several asking when we would be doing it again. It is too early to know the results, but I am expecting about 50% of the applicants to come out with job offers.”