More than two-dozen people were hired as a result of a Teen and Young Adult Job Fair hosted last month by Douglas County Social Services.
More than 100 job seekers turned out for the July 8 event that featured 31 employers and 11 community service providers and resources who were seeking potential employees or volunteers.
“This event would not have been such a success without the participation from so many in our wonderful community,” said Douglas County Social Service Manager Caren Witt. “Social Services organized the event at the request of a community member. The thought behind the event was if one person became employed and one employer was able to fill a position it would be a success. We are grateful we far exceeded that expectation.”
During the fair, employers offered youth tips and advice on employment and career opportunities, service organizations talked about training opportunities, and resource agencies for parents were present for those needing assistance with basic needs.
On July 15 follow-up calls to the employers were made and it was reported more than 121 leads were gained, 56 interviews were scheduled, and 25 people were hired all as a direct result of this event.
Several employers conducted interviews and were hiring on the spot, according to organizers.
Coby Anderson was one of many hired for his first job.
Employers are turning to recruitment events to draw attention to their openings.
“Congratulations to those who took the step-in seeking employment, those who were hired, and to our winners of the grand prizes which were raffled off to attendees,” said Witt.
Nicholas Meyer was the winner of the mountain bike, one of the grand prizes raffled.
Douglas County Social Services thanked the DART, Parks and Recreation, Community Services, Community Health Nurse staff, Community and Senior Center kitchen staff for their help
If you were unable to make the career fair, and remain unemployed, Social Services has a Workforce Program for those eligible. Also, there is an opportunity to meet with a Community Service Agency representative for additional skills development and training. Contact Social Services to receive further information (775) 782-9825.