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ROCKVILLE, MD — Building on its 111-year history of helping people reach their full potential through the power of work, Goodwill Industries job-fair-tipsis holding a series of career fairs during its annual Goodwill Industries Week May 5-11.

Dozens of community-based Goodwill agencies throughout the United States and Canada are hosting in-person career fairs and hiring events, which last year drew more than 11,400 job seekers and 647 participating employers. This year, 28 Goodwill locations will host in-person hiring fairs, and the number of attending job seekers is expected to increase.

In addition, Goodwill Industries International will host its second-annual career fair from May 6-8. Some 7,500 job seekers from across the U.S. and Canada participated in the 2012 inaugural event. The virtual career fair will be hosted through Monster.com, enabling job seekers to meet with employers and apply for jobs from anywhere.

This year, Goodwill will also use Google Hangouts to support the virtual career fair, which will be specifically targeted toward three populations struggling to find employment: women, youth and veterans and military families.

The audio and video sessions on Google Hangouts for the virtual career fair will take place as follows:

* Google Hangout for Veterans and Military Family Job Seekers: Monday, May 6, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. EDT

* Google Hangout for Youth Job Seekers: Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. EDT

* Google Hangout for Women Job Seekers: Wednesday, May 8, 1:00 – 1:45 EDT

To learn more and register for Goodwill’s career fair and Google Hangout events, visit: