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Dozens of Employers Seek Talent at Contra Costa Career Fair

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Contact: Jennifer Ortega, (916) 837-3904, jortega@ehsd.cccounty.us

 

 Dozens of Employers Seek Talent at Contra Costa Career Fair
Rebounding economy means more job opportunities across industry sectors

Concord, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2015) – Dozens of employers from around Contra Costa County turned out Wednesday to recruit workers for open positions. More than 40 businesses, including Dow Chemical, Republic Services and Costco, met with job seekers at a half-day career fair co-hosted by the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and the California Employment Development Department.

“As the economy rebounds, many employers are looking to fill open positions and add new jobs,” said Stephen Baiter, executive director of the Workforce Development Board. “At the same time, while we are experiencing the lowest unemployment rates since 2008, many people in our region are still unemployed or underemployed. This career fair connects talent with opportunity.”

More than 500 job seekers attended the career fair, which was held at Mt. Diablo Adult Education’s Loma Vista Adult Center in Concord. 

Job seeker Maria Morris of Concord was eager to meet face to face with employers. “The human connection is refreshing,” said the mother of two, who has been out of work since she was laid off from her administrative job in San Francisco 14 months ago. “Coming to a career fair feels better than going on the Internet and not knowing whether a recruiter will even look at my resume.”

In addition to meeting with recruiters and submitting resumes, many participants had the opportunity to meet with career counselors from the Workforce Development Board’s four career centers known as America’s Job Center of California (AJCC)/EASTBAY Works. The career counselors provided resume review services and shared information about additional services that are available to veterans, previously incarcerated individuals, disabled job seekers and youth. The career fair also featured representatives from 20 local resource providers, including post-secondary schools, non-profit organizations and veterans groups, among others.

“Economic development activities, like this career fair, enable job seekers to find meaningful work and allow businesses to bolster their workforce, ultimately increasing productivity and their bottom line,” said Concord Mayor Tim Grayson as he welcomed employers and job seekers to the event.

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About the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Contra Costa County is a business-led advisory group whose members are appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to shape and strengthen local and regional workforce development efforts. The purpose of the WDB is to align strategies and resources to help job seekers obtain the skills they need to compete in the 21st-century economy, and to help meet the workforce needs of California’s businesses.

The WDB oversees four America’s Job Center of California (AJCC)/EASTBAY Works sites, which provide businesses and job seekers with a wide range of services, including career planning, job training, and transition support at four locations across Contra Costa County – Antioch, Brentwood, Concord and San Pablo.

Media contact

WDB@ehsd.cccounty.us, (925) 602-6800 (phone); (925) 602-6802 (fax)