As the response to the pandemic severely limited interaction and engagement throughout
communities in Southeast Texas, Workforce Solutions continued to assist employers and
businesses with recruitment and hiring employees. Employers, including those deemed essential
to the economy, utilized our on-line event software application, Brazen, to recruit and
hire employees. Many employers were able to safely connect to job seekers and hire individuals
that meet the company's particular skill and educational requirements. A long-time workforce
partner, the Crisis Center of Southeast Texas, experienced a shortage of professional staff.
Services provided by the agency such as intervention in critical family and personal situations
were in demand and the agency needed to fill openings for a case manager and assistant director.
Additionally, Cheryl Williams, agency director, was a bit hesitant to participate in a virtual,
on-line event due to the lack of experience with technology and social media.
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Crisis Center of Southeast Texas, Brazen platform.
The workforce employer services unit staff assured the director she would be assisted
through each step of the virtual event, including screening and referring candidates
whose skills, experience, and knowledge matched the open job positions. Workforce staff
assisted Williams in creating her on-line 'booth', in Brazen. In November, Williams
hired an applicant from the virtual job fair to fill the case manager position.
In December, Williams hired another skilled, qualified applicant outreached during a
virtual job fair. "Connecting job seekers to employers to meet manpower demands in Southeast
Texas remains at the forefront of our operations", commented Mary Hammon, executive director.
With the reopening of the state of Texas as declared by Governor Abbot, virtual job fairs and
hiring events continue to be an effective tool for many Southeast Texas businesses. The workforce
centers have experienced a steady increase in the number of employers hiring through on-line
event software. In March 2021, workforce centers hosted 6 Virtual job fairs; 105 employers
participated in the events and offered a total of 104 job postings. Registration data collected
during March indicated over 600 jobs seekers attended the events. Several employers have partnered
with the workforce centers to hold in-person events, working with the center staff to ensure the
health and safety of all participants.
Please contact the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Employer and Business
Services representatives at 1-877-834-5627 for assistance in creating the
right recruiting and hiring event for your business.