For Release:
July 28, 2020
Contact:
Joyce Fogg
Joyce.fogg@vec.virginia.gov
(804) 786-7592

MORE THAN 5,300 VIRGINIANS TAKE PART IN FIRST-EVER STATEWIDE VIRTUAL HIRING EVENT

~ The event, coordinated by the Virginia Employment Commission, drew 200 employers with immediate job vacancies across the Commonwealth on Tuesday and was extended by an extra hour. ~

RICHMOND – Today, the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced more than 5,300 Virginians participated in the first-ever Statewide Virtual Hiring Event, where employers from across industries, including public agencies and private corporations, advertised immediate job openings in locations across the Commonwealth and had representatives available online to chat with applicants.

The event, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., was extended an additional hour because of strong interest.

“Today’s turnout exceeded expectations and highlighted Virginia’s interest in returning to work,” said Dr. Robert M. Walker Jr., Chief of Veterans Services in the Virginia Employment Commission’s Workforce Services Division. “We are thrilled with the response we’ve received from employers and job-seekers, and want to thank them and our partners at Premier Virtual for making this event a tremendous success.”

The hiring event is part of the Virginia Employment Commission’s latest effort to leverage digital platforms to connect job seekers with employers in a safe, efficient environment during the current pandemic.
Multiple online job fairs are scheduled through the next several weeks. To learn more about these important events, visit https://www.vec.virginia.gov/find-a-job/job-fairs.

About the Virginia Employment Commission
The Virginia Employment Commission, a state agency under the Department of Commerce and Trade, is dedicated to promoting economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include: policy development; job placement services; temporary income support; workforce information; and transition and training services. To accomplish this mission, the agency partners with stakeholders; develops and empowers staff; improves its processes; embraces innovative solutions and technologies; and continually renews the organization.