April 13, 2007

Urban League of San Diego County’s “Diversity Works!”

Career Fair/Expo boosts employment opportunities for all

San Diego is a city with a highly diverse population. The Urban League of San Diego County is helping to make rewarding employment available to all as sponsor of the 18th Annual Career Fair/Expo, to be held on Thursday, April 26, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Golden Hall’s San Diego Concourse at 202 “C” Street.

This year, the Urban League of San Diego County – the region’s leading community-based organization – is offering the Diversity Works! initiative, a program that takes a practical approach to enhancing workplace diversity. Diversity Works! surpasses simple job placement by combining behavior modification training with the League’s award-winning work readiness training. All Diversity Works! partners will receive unlimited access to the Urban League of San Diego County’s Diversity Job Bank, where employers can post openings and search resumes. Partners can also participate in quarterly mini-career fairs and be spotlighted on the Diversity Works! Web site, www.ulsdcjobs.net. Information regarding partnerships plus Career Fair booth and sponsorship packages is also available.

More than 120 employers will participate, representing the high-tech, medical, education, construction, management consulting, retail and other fields. Positions are available nationwide in executive, management, professional, technical, administrative, trade and apprenticeship roles. Employers will also accept resumes and applications for future openings and offer free advice to career-oriented attendees. The event is expected to attract between 6,000-8,000 potential candidates.

Other services available at the Diversity Works! Career Fair/Expo will include:

• Free workshops on searching for the right job, getting training, interviewing skills, utilizing the Internet’s job search capabilities, and more.

• Free resume service.

Attendees can increase their chances for success by:

• Bringing an updated resume that highlights experience in their desired field.

• Dressing for success – business or business casual is recommended.

• Scheduling a babysitter. Little ones are often restless and can distract applicants and interviewers, making it difficult to make a winning first impression.

• Being prepared to discuss skills, accomplishments and desire to learn and grow.

In addition to this event, the Urban League of San Diego County’s numerous employment services include basic education preparation and “attitudinal transformation” workshops, an employment information and referral bank, diversity training and support by the Diversity Works! Employer Advisory Team.

Employers and job hunters seeking more information on the 2007 Career Fair/Expo and the Diversity Works! initiative may call the Urban League at (619) 263-8196, visit the League’s Web site at www.ulsdcjobs.net, or e-mail: diversityworks@sdul.org.

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