Northern California Residents: I'm Hosting a Job Resources Fair this Saturday
A new report out on job creation in March showed that 162,000 jobs were created last month, more than any other month in the past three years.
Yet recovery is incomplete until everyone who wants a job has a job. Throughout California, most communities are still facing double digit unemployment rates, and the district I represent -- the 10th Congressional District -- is no exception. We've survived the worst of the Bush recession, but we have a long tough road ahead.
That's why this Saturday, I am hosting a jobs resources fair at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill (321 Golf Club Road at the DVC Cafeteria). More than 40 organizations and employers will be on hand to help unemployed residents develop the skills necessary to find a job.
Participating organizations and employers include AAA, AARP, Aero Precision Industries, AT&T, Back on Track Expungement Services, California Department of Rehabilitation, Central Sanitation, CMS (Medicare), Contra Costa County Central Labor Committee, Contra Costa County Library System, Contra Costa Water District, Department of Veterans Affairs, Dow Chemical, DVC Career & Employment Center, DVC Green Tech Program, EBMUD, EDD, EDD - Senior Employment Services, Experience Works, Inter-City Services Inc., IRS, Kaiser Permanente, Las Positas College Veterans First Initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity, Northern CA Teamsters Apprentice Program, Opportunity Junction, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), PG&E, Pile Drivers' Union, San Francisco Business Times, Sandia National Laboratory, Social Security Administration, Solano Community College - Employment Development Office, Solar Universe, State Farm Insurance, Sybase, U.S. Army National Guard, University of Phoenix, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Postal Service, Wells Fargo, and Year Up.
At the job resources fair, participants will have access to one-on-one resume review and interview skills training. In addition, we are also hosting some helpful workshops, including:
- Social media for the uncomfortable
- Accelerating Career Transition: how to use local market-place information as an effective tool to identify companies, job leads and career opportunities, and preparing for interviews
- Introduction to networking
- Green jobs panel session
- Tools for mature (55+) job seekers
- Careers of the future: top ten growth industries
All are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. To guarantee yourself a spot at the workshops, we request that you RSVP in advance here.
I will do all I can in Washington to promote legislation that creates jobs and improves our economy, but nothing replaces old-fashioned initiative.
If you are one of the 12.5 percent of Californians still looking for work, or if you simply want to brush up on your job skills in preparation for a new career, you are welcome to stop by. If you know someone who might be interested in attending, feel free to invite them.
Attend our job resources fair, and who knows? The tools you need to finally land work may only be a workshop away.