Community and Economic Development

Friday, May 7, 2004

CONTACT: Eric Symons
(619) 533-5318

Tere Avina
(619) 980-4176

Hundreds of Jobs Available at Regional Job Fair
Workshops Also Offered to Help Job Seekers Get Hired

SAN DIEGO - More than 100 of the region's premier businesses will showcase hundreds of immediate job openings to San Diego's workforce at a Regional Job Fair, which helps put "tomorrow's leaders to work today." The event, the largest of its kind in the county, will be held Thursday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the San Diego Concourse, Plaza Hall, 202 C Street in Downtown San Diego.

The City of San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department has taken a proactive role in San Diego's employment concerns by forming a community partnership with the state's Employment Development Department and the PennySaver, to present S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2004 (Students Are Valuable Employees/Cities Involved Now for Everyone's Success). In its eighth year, the Job Fair will assist the region's workforce in finding employment. Many of the job seekers attending may leave with jobs, as most employers participating in S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2004 will offer immediate openings.

With more than 6,000 attendees at last year's job fair, this year's event is expected to attract between 6,500 to 7,000 potential employees and more than 100 employers. The diverse employer pool expects to fill openings that range from top executive management positions, professional, technical, clerical, and entry-level opportunities. Participating employers include businesses such as 24 Hour Fitness, Volt Services Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homes.com, NASSCO, San Diego State University Foundation, SeaWorld San Diego, Time Warner Cable, University of California San Diego, and the City of San Diego.

There will be a wide menu of services available to attendees, including opportunities to participate in three workshops, which will propel job seekers into more successful careers.

Workshops are as follows:

10:30 a.m. Tools and Trends - What are employers looking for in their future employees? What questions are employers asking in the interview? Speakers: Cheryl Mason and Maggi Payment.
11:45 a.m. Standing Out by Being Outstanding - Ask the experts: Employers look for resumes that stand out, but it's not the applicant's only tool. Employers will share the secret to pass the interview and get hired!Speakers: Alison Prager, Area On-site Manager, The Eastride Group, Erika Foxworth, Special Agent Recruiter, and Susan Zubiate, Human Resources Representative, NASSCO
1:15 p.m. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life-John Assaraf The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of "The Street Kids Guide to Having it All." For more than 17 years John has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and team leaders achieve outstanding results in life and business by showing them the fastest and most efficient ways to break through the mental limitations of what is possible to achieve. This year he will help job seekers to maximize their potential. For more information, visit www.thestreetkid.com.

Résumé critique services will be available again this year at the Youth Connect/Career Center booth. Additionally, the booth will provide information for a snapshot of what the various Career Centers offer, and mini workshops on interviewing skills.

Applicants should bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally for interviews. Businesses that have immediate job openings and need qualified applicants may participate in S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2004 by calling (760) 599-1520 or visiting www.careermart.pennysaverusa.com to reserve space by 5pm, Wednesday, May 12, 2004.

S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2004 is being organized in partnership with the City of San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department, the state's Employment Development Department, San Diego Career Opportunities Partners, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Southwestern Community College, Comprehensive Training Systems, San Diego Unified School District, and Santos Graphics. The event is sponsored by the PennySaver.

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With an emphasis on the City's urban core neighborhoods and low and moderate income residents, the Community and Economic Development Department strives to improve the quality of life and ensure a healthy economy in San Diego through job development, business development, neighborhood revitalization, public improvements, redevelopment, social services, and revenue enhancement.

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