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(Washington, DC) – Sixty-five District residents were hired on-the spot at the Path2Work One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium held on Saturday, April 14th, at the Washington Convention Center. The Department of Employment Services (DOES) held two pre-screening events, leading up to the Path2Work Job Seeker’s Symposium, and those who were pre-screened and found qualified for available job openings with symposium employers were matched with and interviewed by employers on-site. Many more hires are expected this week along with second interviews and follow-up meetings scheduled with hundreds of attendees and employer participants.
Over 1,300 DC residents attended Saturday’s event, whose goal was to motivate those residents who have given up hope and try to connect them to viable employment opportunities as well as offer a myriad of services and trainings to assist in their efforts to obtain sustainable employment. Attendees heard from Mayor Vincent C. Gray and a variety of speakers encouraging them to remain steadfast and relentless in their search for employment. Award-winning speaker Willie Jolley conducted a work readiness training session for all attendees, offering tips on how to stay motivated, positive, and inspired when looking for a new job in an effort to improve one’s chances for greater success.
“This event demonstrates the continuing efforts my administration is making to help District residents find jobs,” said Mayor Gray. “Over 40 One City • One Hire employers came to the Path2Work Job Seeker’s Symposium with one thing in mind and that was to hire qualified job seekers to fill open positions. This has established a new standard on how we will work with individuals who are looking for employment in DC and how we will engage our One City • One Hire employer partners going forward.”
Path2Work job seekers also participated in a choice of workshops with topics that included Addressing Barriers to Employment; Success in the Workplace; Mastering the DC Government’s Ranking Factors; Tips and Techniques for Having a Successful Interview; and Financial Literacy: Banking on Your Money. The Professional and Personal Image workshop provided participants
with advice on how body language, attire, and eye contact can affect the interview and be the determining factors in a person receiving a job offer from an employer.
“What made the Path2Work Symposium such a success is that the job seekers were evaluated at two pre-screening events at DOES before coming to Saturday’s event, and we were able to match those qualified individuals with employers, in advance, to achieve a greater hiring result,” said DOES Director Lisa María Mallory.
In addition to the 40-plus employers who participated in the Path2Work Job Seeker’s Symposium, over 600 positions currently open with One City • One Hire employer partners were showcased for the job seekers at a number of Opportunity Booths, and attendees were given the opportunity to set-up Comprehensive Assessment & Screening Appointments with Career Counselors at one of the five DC Works! One-Stop Career Centers of their choice.
“Saturday’s Path2Work One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium was just the beginning,” said Mallory. “As we develop more customized One City • One Hire events like this in the coming months, we will use this experience as our model for how DOES matches job seekers and employers in our ongoing efforts to help put DC residents back to work and drive down unemployment in the District. That’s our job.”