In July, Doctors Medical Center of San Pablo (DMC) announced that, due to fiscal challenges, it was planning to downsize and lay off hundreds of employees. To assist the affected workers in finding new employment opportunities, the Workforce Development Board’s Business Services team organized multiple workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and successful career transitions, and hosted an on-site job fair that featured more than a dozen local employers, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and Fremont Hospital.
More than 300 DMC employees attended the Sept. 10 job fair, where they were able to hand their resume to recruiters and, in some cases, interview for positions on the spot.
“Downsizing at any organization is stressful. The networking value of the job fair is very important because it gave me an opportunity to connect with recruiters face to face. The ability to meet in person with a wide variety of people rather than trying to network through an impersonal computer screen is an exceptional opportunity,” said job seeker Brian Lawson, a registered dietitian.
One week after the job fair, a participating employer reported that they had started the process of hiring at least 10 DMC employees. Another reported that their organization was considering 50 DMC applicants.
“We identified many qualified nurses and hospital staff at the job fair,” said Monica Dorris, Human Resources Director at Fremont Hospital. “We are excited at the opportunity to connect with so many talented and experienced professionals. The job fair was a recruiting success for us.”
The Rapid Response efforts were organized in collaboration with several partners, including the California Employment Development Department and Wells Fargo, which provided recruiters to help prepare people for the job fair.