Oakland County hosting virtual job fair Jan. 26 | News

Oakland County Michigan Works!, in partnership with Oak Park and Southfield, is hosting a regional, multi-industry virtual career fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. 

Thirty employers from manufacturing, health care, retail, professional services, real estate and government are participating in the event. Organizations conducting virtual interviews can be found at www.OaklandCountyMiWorks.com.

This is the second virtual career fair arranged by Oakland County Michigan Works! with the first event featuring 60 companies, nearly 1,000 available jobs, with 700 people participating in multiple interviews.

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“The feedback from both job seekers and employers after our first virtual event was very positive,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, director of Oakland County Michigan Works! “People were ready and eager to meet with employers face-to-face online. Employers said the virtual setting allowed them to meet with many potential candidates in a short period of time. A number of them received follow-up interviews and found their next career opportunity.”

Registration for this second career fair is required and space is limited. Job seekers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible by visiting the website, or clicking on: https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/Michigan/e/l5Pmw.

Employers who would like to participate in the job fair should contact Jeffrey Granat at [email protected].

Here’s a list of employers that have committed to attending: 

  • American House
  • Beaumont Health
  • Believe Trust and Change Counseling
  • Capital Sales Company
  • City of Southfield
  • Dunning Honda
  • FCR
  • FoamPartner
  • Friedman Real Estate
  • Geniuses On Board Child Development and Learning Center
  • Hagopian Cleaning Services
  • Hope at Home Health Care
  • Ken Garff
  • Kroger
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  • Oakland County
  • Oakland County Michigan Works!
  • Pace of Southeastern Michigan
  • Rochester Telemessaging Center
  • Runco Waste Industries
  • Sani360
  • Toad Opener
  • Welding Technology Corporation
  • XPO Logistics

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In addition, Oakland County Michigan Works! has extended its virtual workshop series through March. To date, 1,000 people have participated in the workshops since their launch last summer.

Workshop topics include:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Opening the Door to Employment
  • Virtual Interviewing: Making a Great Impression
  • The Language of LinkedIn: Using the Popular Career Tool the Right Way
  • Changing Careers: New Opportunities, New Future
  • Mid-Life Career Transitions: Switching Careers and Flourishing in Today’s Economy
  • Personal Brand: Building and Maintaining a Successful Marketing Strategy for You!
  • Landing A New Job: Appearance, Communication and Performance
  • Career Vision Board: Showcasing Your Interests, Skills and Goals
  • Gig Jobs: Exploring Non-Traditional Employment Opportunities
  • Landing A New Job: Appearance, Communication and Performance (A new workshop being rolled out this month)