2016 Holiday Job Fair
The holiday season is fast approaching and for employers who depend on holiday business to survive and thrive, hiring seasonal workers is an important part of capitalizing on the expected increase in business during this time. On September 29, NOVA hosted its third annual Holiday Job Fair at the Sunnyvale Community Center. This is an opportunity to bring together employers interested in expanding their workforce over the next several months with NOVA job seekers who are seeking temporary employment and income while they look for more permanent work. The event was open to all job seekers, including youth age 16+. Nearly 200 participants attended, with youth representing about 35 to 40 percent.
Over 35 employers participated offering a wide variety of opportunities, including Anthropologie, City of Mountain View Recreation Department, City of Sunnyvale Community Services Department, County of Santa Clara Voter Registrar’s Office, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel, Starbucks, Target, TJ Maxx, Toys R Us, Trader Joe’s, UPS, Whole Foods, and YMCA of Silicon Valley, among many others. At least 20 employers reported they intended to make job offers as a result of the job fair.
From the feedback received from employers and job seekers, this year’s event was another big success. Comments from employers included: “I’ve been to many job fairs and this was the best by far.” (Anthropologie); “Great organization/layout. Excellent opportunity for local candidates to interact with employers.” (Toys R Us); “The support NOVA gave me was superb!” (Macy’s) Job seekers’ comments included: “[The employers] were all very helpful and interested in helping me get a job.” “This was great for our son who is looking for his first job.” and “This was one of the best job fairs I have attended.” NOVA would like to thank the employers for participating in the job fair and for supporting job seekers in this community.