GLBT Job Expo Returns To SMU

April 27, 2011  

By Praveen Sathianathan
psathianat@smu.edu

In a move to bring diversity to the workplace, the Office of Diversity at SMU’s Cox School of Business is hosting the 2011 GLBT Job Expo.

The Job Expo, organized by the Resource Center Dallas and the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on April 27 in the ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Free parking is available on Bishop Boulevard.

The expo, in its sixth year, gives LGBT jobseekers an opportunity to meet with gay-friendly employers, and to hone their skills in career-enhancing workshops such as resume writing, interviewing and networking.

For job seekers the expo offers them the chance to look for a better job, re-enter the workforce or look for that first job.

Although, the expo is open to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, Rafael McDonnell, strategic communications and programs manager for Resource Center Dallas, said it was extremely needed for the GLBT community.

“The expo is important for members of the GLBT community to find places where they are allowed to work freely and openly as who they are,” McDonnell said. “These are employers who are interested in doing just that.”

This year the job expo features many new companies including DFW International Airport, United Way of Greater Dallas and Plano and Texas-based apparel retailer J.C.Penney.

Other companies on hand are American Airlines, Bank of America, Capital One, Prudential and Texas Instruments.

Dallas agencies include the City of Dallas, the sheriff and police departments and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

This is the third year the expo will be held at SMU. In 2009 it was held at the Cox School of Business. Last year it was in the atrium of the Meadows School of the Arts.

“The last few years we have had such great demand that we have had to move to larger venues on the SMU campus,” McDonnell said.

The expo is part of the Resource Center’s initiative to build awareness on how by supporting others one can also benefit.

For additional information on the job expo visit the Resource Center’s website at www.rcdallas.org, or call 214-528-0144

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