Social Services Hosts Successful Job Fair

Douglas County Social Services Hosts Successful Job Fair
Posted on 08/13/2021
Douglas County Social Services Hosts Successful Job FairGardnerville, NV - Douglas County Social Services hosted a Teen and Young Adult Job Fair on July 8, 2021 with over 100 job seekers in attendance.

The event included 31 employers and 11 community service providers and resources who were seeking potential employees or volunteers.

During the fair, employers educated youth on employment and career opportunities, service organizations spoke to training opportunities, and resource agencies for parents were present for those needing assistance with basic needs.

On July 15, 2021 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. To date results exceeded this number.

“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.”

Not only was this an opportunity for young job seekers to meet those hiring in our community, but many tables were conducting interviews and hiring on the spot.

Coby Anderson was one of many hired for his first job.

Employers are turning to recruitment events such as this to draw attention to their openings. Here are a few comments from the employer follow-up survey:
• “Loved the quality of the candidates and being able to speak to a handful of people about the opportunities at our office”.
• “Loved seeing the participation from the community. I would love to see this again in the spring”.
• “Happy just to be part of it and see the youth interested in working. Our community saw the struggle and wanted to help; I love our town”.
• “Seeing the parents with their kids was so wonderful. And the prizes were amazing”!

“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 called as the winner of the mountain bicycle, one of the grand prizes raffled.

Douglas County Social Services is thankful for the hands-on effort from so many to make this event possible. Thank you to the following Douglas County Departments: DART, Parks & Recreation, Community Services, Community Health Nurse staff, Community and Senior Center kitchen staff.

If you were unable to make the career fair, and remain unemployed, Social Services has a strong 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.