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Brooklyn firms want you — to get a job – Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn firms want you — to get a job

Polish up that resume because someone wants to give you a job next week.

More than 80 employers — all of them with a position or two or 10 — will be on hand at the first borough-wide “jobs fair” on April 13.

No, Brooklyn’s unemployment rate won’t drop from 10.1 to 4.5 percent overnight, but organizers say that events like these could help get the ball rolling.

“There are literally hundreds and hundreds of jobs,” said Mark Zustovich, spokesman for Borough President Markowitz. “These are actual companies that have actual jobs right now.”

Employers as varied as IKEA, Payless Shoes, Lowe’s, the Fire Department — even the Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorn Beetle eradication program — will be on hand at the event.

The fair can help get your foot in the door — and once you’re in, there’s nowhere to go but up.

“We had a person come in to work in our call center and now she’s our senior vice president for customer operations,” said Con Edison spokesman Chris Olert, referring to Brooklyn-born Marilyn Caselli.

The energy giant hires several hundred people a year, he said, and is looking to fill a range of positions — and not all require a college degree.

The FDNY’s recruitment office said that it is in the midst of a big push to get more people to take the firefighter’s exam, and the Brooklyn Navy Yards said it is looking to fill a few positions — including groundskeeper, construction manager and administrative staffers.

Federal statistics show that Brooklyn had the second-highest employment increase among the nation’s largest counties between June, 2009 and June, 2010. But for many in Kings County, the economy isn’t improving fast enough. Among young men, the unemployment rate is 20 to 25 percent — and many so-called “discouraged workers” aren’t even counted in the official figures because they’ve been unemployed for so long.

It all ends on Wednesday.

Brooklyn Job Fair at Long Island University athletic center [DeKalb Avenue at Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown, (718) 802-3700], April 13, 10 am-3 pm.

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