Job Hunters Boot Camp: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

On April 8, Rep. Jackie Speier sponsored her fifth Job Hunters Boot Camp – three last year and two so far this year. Although I live outsider her district in the San Francisco Bay Area, I attended as a member of the press because of this blog. In contrast to standard job fairs, the Boot Camp is focused on workshops and one-on-one counseling, all of which were excellent. Seven hundred people came, along with more than two dozen employers and more than a dozen resource organizations. And everyone was treated to a free lunch!

I was able to go to only one workshop, for mature workers – which was excellent, and which I will report on later – but the others sounded great too, with lots of hard-to-find “insider” information, to judge from this video posted by Rep. Speier’s office, below. After watching the video, scroll below the video for a list of employers and the agenda for this event. And then bring this post to your own congressperson and ask him or her to do the same for job seekers in your district!

Here are the employers that had tables at the April 8 event:

  1. Allied Barton Security
  2. Aragen BioScience
  3. Astound Broadband
  4. Bristlecone
  5. Citibank
  6. Con-Way/Menlo Worldwide
  7. CBP/Dept of Homeland Security
  8. Facebook
  9. Franklin Templeton
  10. Granite Rock
  11. Intuit
  12. Joie De Vivre Hospitality
  13. Kaiser Permanente
  14. Menlo Worldwide
  15. Microsoft
  16. Labs Support, a Division of On Assignment
  17. Oracle
  18. Patelco Credit Union
  19. San Mateo Daily Journal
  20. Sanmina Manufacturing
  21. SAphotonics
  22. SFO
  23. Silver Spring Networks
  24. Solazyme
  25. Southwest Airlines
  26. Tethys Bioscience
  27. Universal Protection
  28. Virgin America

Here is the program:

  • 9:30 a.m. Attendees arrive, event opens
  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome remarks (Chancellor, Congresswoman, Presenters) in the main hall area of “College Center” Building
  • 10:30 a.m. Workshops Begin (All classrooms located in College Center Building 10, downstairs, outside entrances on all classrooms)
    • Room 10-191: “LinkedIn Part I: Successful Profiles” with Jenny Kahn (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and “LinkedIn Part II: Beyond the Basics” with Jenny Kahn (11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
    • Room 10-192: “Veterans: Operation Career” with Karen Colligan, Anthony Flores, Leslie Flowers and Bobbie LaPorte (10:30-12:30)
    • Room 10-193: “Choosing Greater Good: Finding Motivation in the Face of Uncertainty” with Jeff Bell (10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon)
    • Room 10-194: “Communicating Power: Gaining an Edge in Your Job Search” with David Woodward (10:30 a.m. to 12 noon)
    • Room 10-195: “Strategies for the Mature Job Seeker” with Camille Grabowski 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
    • Main Hall, North East corner: “Speed Networking” Activity with Rebecca Kieler and Joan Tabb (10:30-11:15)
  • 12:15-12:45 p.m. Lunch break. Lunch provided for ALL attendees, presenters, and volunteers in main hall café
  • 12:45-2:30 p.m. Workshops and Employer Panels
    • Room 10-191: “Veterans: Embracing Transition” with Ivan Temes (12:45-1:30 p.m.)
    • Room 10-191 “ACT: Accelerating Career Transition & How to ID Job Opportunities with Jud Walsh
    • Room 10-192: ”Entrepreneurship: Is it Time to Start Your Own Business?” With Jeff Winters (12:45-2:15)
    • Room 10-193: Employer Panel – Travel & Hospitality (12:45-1:30) Employer Panel – Veterans Preference Employers (1:45-2:30 p.m.)
    • Room 10-194: Employer Panel – Health Care (12:45-1:30) Employer Panel — Clean Energy/Bio Tech (1:45-2:30 p.m.)
    • Room 10-195: Employer Panel – High Tech (12:45-1:30) Employer Panel – Financial Services (1:45-2:30 p.m.)
  • 2:30 p.m. Event concludes
For more videos of the April 8 event, see Rep. Speier’s Web site.
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