Community and Economic Development

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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 the S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2005, which helps put "tomorrow's leaders to work today." The event, the largest of its kind in San Diego County, will be held Thursday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the San Diego Concourse, Plaza Hall, 202 C St. 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 California Employment Development Department, the PennySaver, and NASSCO to present S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2005 (Students Are Valuable Employees/Cities Involved Now for Everyone's Success). In its ninth year, the Job Fair will assist the region's workforce in finding employment. Many of the job seekers attending may leave with jobs, as all employers participating in S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2005 offer immediate openings.

With more than 5,000 attendees at last year's job fair, this year's event is expected to attract between 5,500 to 7,000 potential employees and more than 100 employers. The diverse employer pool expects to fill openings including top executive management positions and professional, technical, clerical and entry-level opportunities. Participating employers include businesses such as Automobile Club of America, Coast Citrus Distributors, Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort San Diego, Homes.com, Metropolitan Transit Systems, San Diego State University Research Foundation, SeaWorld San Diego, Time Warner Cable, University of California San Diego, the City of San Diego and NASSCO.

There will be a wide menu of services available to attendees, including opportunities to participate in three workshops, designed to enable job seekers to become more successful in their careers.

Workshops are as follows:

10:30 a.m. Soft Skills make the Difference - What are employers looking for in their future employees? What skill should be included in your "toolkit" to be hired? Speaker: Cheryl Mason
11:45 a.m. Stand 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: Craig Kreismer, Director of HR Operations with Marriott Hotels and Resorts; Adam Palafox, Director of Marketing with Assist Home Healthcare, Inc.; Mary Thigpen, Senior Personnel Analyst with City of Chula Vista; and Susan Zubiate, Human Resources Representative with NASSCO.
1:15 p.m. Conversations on Success - It was great philosopher, Tolstoy, who said, "Everyone thinks of changing humanity, but nobody ever thinks of changing themselves." In this Extreme Makeover World, this keynote will focus on practical ways we can bring more balance into our lives by developing a "Dream Team" around us that will keep us accountable in fulfilling our dreams. Speaker: Jim Cartmill

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 2005 by calling (760) 599-1503 or visiting www.careermart.pennysaverusa.com to reserve space by noon, Tuesday, May 17, 2005.

The S.A.V.E./C.I.N.E.S. Job Fair 2005 is organized in partnership with the City of San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department, the state's California Employment Development Department, PennySaver, San Diego Career Opportunities Partners, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Southwestern Community College, Comprehensive Training Systems, Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc., San Diego MANA, and Santos Graphics. The event is sponsored by the PennySaver and NASSCO.

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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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