Job fair focuses on needs of LGBTQ community

Posted at 4:21 PM, Oct 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-05 18:21:40-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The inaugural Paint Your Future Job Fair was held this weekend, and the job fair was meant for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual , transgender and queer community.

Event organizers said they were happy with the number of employers who came to the event, but they said they had hoped to see more potential employees attend.

The job fair was free to the public, and it offered workshops for interviewing skills, resume writing and dressing for success.

Candice Metzler is the board president with Transgender Education Advocates of Utah, and she said the event was designed for those who may need a little more help finding employment.

“We decided to put this event on to try and help bridge the gap for folks who are struggling with finding places where they can find employment from employers who might be more fair-minded and are looking for a skill set from people and looking for what they bring to the organization rather than maybe their identity or who they love,” Metzler said.

Metzler said TEA of Utah plans to put on the event again next year.