Oakland County Michigan Works!, in partnership with Oak Park and Southfield, is hosting a regional, multi-industry virtual career fair on January 26, from 1-4 p.m.
Thirty employers from manufacturing, health care, retail, professional services, real estate and government are participating in the event. Organizations conducting virtual interviews can be found at www.OaklandCountyMiWorks.com.
“We know residents who lost their jobs during the pandemic want to return to work as soon as possible,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “Fortunately, a number of employers across the county are hiring to fill multiple positions and we’re helping bring them together in this virtual job fair. Most positions are in southern Oakland County, but there are jobs available throughout the region.”
Registration is required and space is limited. Job seekers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible by visiting the website, or clicking on: https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/Michigan/e/l5Pmw. Employers who want to participate should contact Jeffrey Granat, Oakland County Michigan Works!, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the second virtual career fair arranged by Oakland County Michigan Works! and made possible with the support of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training. The first event held last fall featured 60 companies hoping to fill nearly 1,000 jobs, with 700 people participating in multiple interviews.
“The feedback from both job seekers and employers after our first virtual event was very positive,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, director of Oakland County Michigan Works! “People were ready and eager to meet with employers face-to-face online. Employers said the virtual setting allowed them to meet with many potential candidates in a short period of time. A number of them received follow-up interviews and found their next career opportunity.”
Llewellyn said job seekers should prepare by updating their resumes, research employers that interest them, prepare a brief introduction to share with employers and make sure their internet connection, computer camera and microphone work.
Oakland County Michigan Works! operates service centers in Novi, Oak Park, Pontiac, Southfield, Troy and Waterford. Combined, they assist more than 105,000 job seekers annually. Services include career coaching, interviewing and job search workshops, placement assistance, training courses and job trend information.
The service centers assist more than 3,000 employers seeking assistance with talent recruitment, apprenticeship programs, job fairs, candidate pre-screening, hiring and training support, layoff support and labor market data.
Service center staffs are available by virtual appointment to work one-on-one with job seekers to build their resumes, prepare for job interviews and help address other needs. To schedule a virtual meeting, call 1-248-858-5520 and select the office nearest to you. A schedule of virtual workshops for job seekers is found at www.OaklandCountyMIWorks.com.