A ‘HIRE DETROIT!’ job fair, organized by District 3 Councilman Scott Benson, drew large crowds to the Matrix Center at Gratiot and McNichols yesterday.
The ‘Employment Extravaganza’ featured over two dozen Detroit employers ranging from Quicken Loans to Rizzo, and from McDonald’s to the U.S. Navy, with several employers making on-the-spot job offers.
Initial estimates of up to 500 job seekers appeared to be low as more than two hundred signed in during the first hour of the six hour event, which ran from 9.00a.m until 3.00p.m. Over seven hundred people pre-registered to attend the event.
“We don’t have the actual numbers yet, but it looks as though the final count will be over a thousand jobseekers” said Councilman Benson. “There are lots of people in this city who need jobs and want to work – they deserve that opportunity. We at the city are here to match Detroit jobseekers with employers and to eliminate all obstacles to employment.”
The event was jointly run by the Matrix Center and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. DESC also ran the ‘HIRE DETROIT!’ event that attracted over 3,000 people to Cobo Hall in March when the City of Detroit was recruiting for over 350 open positions.
As it did at the Cobo event, DESC had staff on hand to help jobseekers with online applications, and also to provide workshops focused on interviewing and resume-writing.
“Events like this are a great opportunity for us to engage with jobseekers that are not familiar with our services to let them know about all the free resources we have that are available to them” said Pamela Moore, President and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions.
DESC has three One-Stop Service Centers in the City of Detroit, and offers a variety of programs from education to workshops and apprenticeship training. In addition, two further ‘satellite’ One-Stops are due to open in May.
The job fair is affiliated with DESC’s ‘HIRE DETROIT!’ awareness campaign, which seeks to track and report the placement of 25,000 Detroiters into employment by the end of 2014.
“As the City of Detroit’s workforce agency, we are delighted to see initiatives such as Councilor Benson’s” said Ms. Moore.
The job fair was additionally supported by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Council President Brenda Jones.