The 2019 SF Job Fair for Older adults and People with Disabilities on August 5, 2019, was a resounding success. The event was sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) in partnership with organizations that included the Dignity Fund Coalition, Community Living Campaign, SF Tech Council, Felton Institute, the San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services, and Jobs Now! Mayor Breed was so impressed with the turnout and level of interest in job opportunities that she’d like to see similar events take place in neighborhoods.
Marie Jobling, Community Living Campaign, highlighted the following job seeker outcomes:
- The event planned for 200 participants, but 400 registered in advance and 500 attended on the day.
- 375 Workforce Connection Cards were filled out by job seekers and collected by the organizers.
- 116 job seekers had on-site job interviews.
OEWD provided the following employer outcomes and highlights:
- 25 businesses and 13 non-profits participated.
- DHR and LinkedIn provided workshops
- Bon Appetit interviewed more than 60 candidates for the Chase Center.
- Guckenheimer (corporate food service vendor) had over 30 interviews.
- Bauer agreed to hire several candidates based on their obtaining Class B licenses.
OEWD continues to compile data from employers on job offers and hiring outcomes.
SFTC member organizations have consistently reported that a significant proportion of San Francisco’s older adults and people with disabilities want to work but have difficulty navigating the workforce services system, connecting with resources that meet their job search needs, and in finding suitable – namely part-time – employment opportunities. The Mayor’s Job Fair in August was an important indicator of the high level of demand that exists among older adults and people with disabilities for targeted job fairs and networking events. Key learnings were to host future events in City neighborhoods, and that future venues provide better accessibility in terms of physical access and language translation. There was also anecdotal feedback that job readiness coaching and counseling support services would be beneficial in helping older adults an people with disabilities meet their employment goals. SFTC has also identified high levels of interest among job seekers for networking events and opportunities for peer-to-peer resource sharing and community building.
Stay posted for more news on future job fairs!