More than 40 businesses will interview hundreds of job seekers during a career fair Thursday.

The York City Career Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First St. John's Lutheran Church, 140 W. King St.

City workers will cover the meters, and free parking will be offered, said state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City.

"There's free parking, it's on the bike lane, there's a Rabbit Transit stop. Transportation is not a barrier to get to this job fair," he said.

Local leaders emphasized the job fair is open to everyone, including those with a criminal past.

"We only accepted employers who had jobs readily available and were willing to interview candidates with a criminal background," said Britta Schwab, human resources coordinator at Bell.

Job fairs open to people with a criminal record are a benefit to the community, said Michael Potteiger, chairman of Pennsylvania Parole and Probation.

"We have to help those who have served their time. It reduces the likelihood of reincarceration.

"They become taxpayers instead of tax burdens," he said.

Pennsylvania Parole and Probation held a career fair in York in June, and 500 job candidates attended. Of those 500 job seekers, 10 found a sustainable job within a week, Potteiger said.

"These job fairs are very successful and bridge the gap between the (Pennsylvania) Department of Corrections and re-entry into the community," he said.

But Schwab emphasized the fair is for everyone.

Recent York College graduates and local residents collecting unemployment will be among the attendees, she said.

There are about 200 job openings at the 44 businesses that will be represented at the job fair, Schwab said.

Jobs range from hourly positions at about $10 an hour to those that pay about $80,000 and require graduate degrees, she said.

"We know we have a broad talent base in York, and employers will see that next week," Schwab said.

Candidates should arrive at the job fair assuming they will be interviewed, Schreiber said.

Job seekers should dress professionally and bring their resumes, he said.

A job training session will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the local Pennsylvania CareerLink office, 841 Vogelsong Road in York.

"Job candidates will learn how to dress and create their resumes. Staff will teach them how to present themselves in a positive manner at the career fair," Schreiber said.

For more information, call Schreiber's office at 848-9595.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.