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Mayor Duggan announces Detroit career fair

Detroit, February 20, 2014: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has announced a major career fair later this month that will recruit for hundreds of positions with the City of Detroit.

Mayor Duggan Hire Detroit Press Conference
Mayor Duggan announces the Hire Detroit job fair

The ‘Hire Detroit’ career fair, scheduled to take place at Cobo Center on February 28 and March 1, will feature representatives of 11 city departments.  Some departments have open positions that need to be filled immediately, while others are looking to develop eligibility lists.

“The city is committed to improving the level of service it provides to our residents and filling these positions is an important step in making that happen,” said Mayor Duggan. “We also want to recruit the best and brightest from within our community and make sure that city residents have an opportunity to be considered for one of these positions.”

Open positions range from Transportation Equipment Driver to Emergency Mobile Medical Technician, and from Police Officer to Construction Inspector.

While no job offers will be made at the job fair itself and applications must be submitted online, jobseekers are expected to turn out in large numbers to meet city staff and get more information about the jobs and the respective departments, and pre-registration for the event is encouraged.Cobo

The career fair is being run in partnership with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), the city’s workforce agency.  DESC also plans to make other services available on the day to those attending the job fair.

“With large numbers of Detroit jobseekers expected to attend, it’s a great opportunity for us to inform them about some of the other free services that are available to them” said Pamela Moore, President and CEO of DESC.  “We will have staff available to explain the resources we offer, from simple job search advice to job-specific training programs to education opportunities.”

DESC will also be running presentations throughout the two days for jobseekers who need help with interviewing skills or with developing a resume. There will also be an information table for attendees who need more information on the Affordable Care Act.

“Detroiters need jobs,” said Ms. Moore. “Events like this are the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their existing skills and maybe learn new ones as well. We will be tracking and reporting the new hires made as part of our HIRE DETROIT! campaign.”City of Detroit Job Fair

The event runs from 10a.m. to 4p.m. both days and although online application is mandatory, jobseekers are encouraged to bring resumes with them for when they meet city departmental staff.  Free parking is also available to attendees.

“Having a resume is a critical part of looking for a job” said Michael Hall, Labor Relations Director for the City of Detroit. “It gives you the opportunity to show an employer exactly what your skills are.  That and making a good first impression are probably the two most important parts of finding a new job.”

A limited number of computer facilities will be available for jobseekers who wish to submit online applications on the day. Access to computers is also provided for free every day at DESC’s One-Stop Service Centers.

Preregister for the job fair here.

View open positions and apply online here.