Updated: Apr 20, 2020
When the Salt Lake Tribune first reported that unemployment claims jumped to 29.5% the week of March 14th, we felt something had to be done.
Then the following week, the U.S. Department of Labor registered over 3 million initial unemployment claims. That's when we came together as a community and decided we have to help people find jobs.
The industries that have been hit the hardest include travel, hospitality, retail and the food service sector, among others.
After spending a couple of weeks discussing some ideas and having conference calls with many key people in the Salt Lake Valley, we came up with the idea to organize a virtual job fair.
Within just a few days, we had over 800 people register, half a dozen companies come onboard as sponsors and another half dozen come onboard as marketing partners. We couldn't be more thrilled with the response we've received so far.
We realize there are dozens upon dozens of companies that have laid off people or announced hiring freezes, but there are also dozens upon dozens that have announced hiring for hundreds of positions in response to how Covid-19 has shifted some businesses focus.
Everyone from Amazon looking to hire 75,000 positions on top of the 100,000 it filled last month, to Lendio looking to hire 200 full-time small business loan agents. There are still plenty of companies hiring and we want to make sure people know who they are and all the positions they need to fill. We also want to help connect job seekers with all the necessary resources, information and support to update their resume, revamp their LinkedIn profile and prepare them for virtual interviews considering no one is doing face-to-face interviews currently.
We hope you'll join us at the #Gethired Summit. We're looking for sponsors, volunteers and to help get the word out! For more information, click here. For companies interested in being a sponsor, click here. For job seekers, the event is free! Click here to reserve your seat. Let's help people #gethired! Remember to follow us on social! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also sign up for our newsletter here.