On Saturday, April 14, 2012, thousands of unemployed District residents are expected to attend the Path2Work: A One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium at the Washington Convention Center, sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES), in partnership with Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The purpose of the event is to motivate thousands of unemployed District residents who in many instances have given up hope and provide them with information and a Path2Work that will help them secure gainful employment, including connecting pre-screened, qualified job seekers to employers who have current and upcoming job vacancies within their organizations.
“Even though the unemployment rate in DC has gone down for three straight months, there are still thousands of people across DC that are out of work and searching for hope and jobs,” said DOES Director Lisa María Mallory. “We have to continuously motivate job seekers and make sure they have the necessary skills to qualify them to fill open positions available through private sector and government employers. That’s our Path2Work.”
The Path2Work Job Seeker’s Symposium, which starts at 9 am and ends at 3:30 pm, will begin with an opening ceremony that will feature a number of speakers, including Mayor Gray, DC Councilmembers, and special invited guests. A plenary work readiness and motivational training session will be conducted immediately following the opening ceremony, followed by an array of workshops, speakers, and interview sessions with employers for pre-screened, qualified job seekers, scheduled throughout the day.
Workshop topics that will help better prepare job seekers for employment include Marketing Yourself; Addressing Barriers to Employment; Success in the Workplace; Financial Literacy: Banking on Your Money; Mastering the DC Government’s Ranking Factors; Tips and Techniques for a Successful Interview; Professional and Personal Image; and a primer on services available at the One-Stop Career Centers.
“DOES is committed to helping unemployed District residents find jobs, and we will be relentless in our efforts to match job seekers with employers,” said Mallory.
Clyde’s, CVS Caremark, Hyatt Regency, Metro Washington Airport Authority, DOES, Department of General Services, DC Housing Authority, DC Department of Human Resources, and DC Department of Transportation are only some of the employers at the Path2Work Job Seeker’s Symposium that will be conducting on-the spot job interviews to fill open positions.
To attend, job seekers must register at OneCityOneHire.org and RSVP at Path2WorkRSVP@dc.gov. In addition, they should bring proof of DC residency and permission to work in the US, a government-issued ID (Drivers license), military ID card or Veterans Form DD 214, and several resume copies.