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City of Scottsdale Partners with IEEE, the Association for Emerging Technology Fields, in Launch of a First-of-Its-Kind Online Career and Talent Expo


June 8, 2015
By Business Wire News

SCOTSDALE, Ariz.

The City of Scottsdale is participating with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in a first-of-its-kind online Career and Talent Expo.

The event is free to Global Members of the institute which is a professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence with more than 426,000 members in more than 160 countries.

The Expo is delivered on a 3D virtual environment, and will host monthly job fairs and world-class resources to advance members in their careers. The institute’s Region 6 Virtual Career and Talent Expo opened June 1 and the first live job fair will be held June 10 – 12.

This Career and Talent Expo differentiates itself from other virtual fairs by matching the applicant’s behavioral skills, intrinsic drivers, and competencies to the job along with the prospective company culture. This combination marks the beginning of a groundbreaking methodology to recruiting talent. The Expo will host corporate booths and company job postings covering 14 industry disciplines, with an emphasis on hiring United States veterans and providing transitioning resources in helping veterans select and connect to technology fields. The program also will bring awareness to the importance and opportunities in STEM jobs with high school student and company online networking days.

The Expo will provide participants the opportunity to match not only their technical experience but also their personal skills to companies with appropriate jobs to fill by providing a personal skills assessment tool. Typically, candidates post resumes with anemic results, and companies are overwhelmed with applicants and rely on key word searches to find the best match. In today’s world, companies need to expeditiously fill positions with quality candidates. Bill Bonnstetter, Chairman of the Board for Target Training International, a Scottsdale-based firm, the world’s leading industry expert in assessment tools and also the chosen assessment tool provider for the institute’s Career and Talent Expo, states, “Job matching is the key to success in creating a win-win situation when hiring. People are more than just a resume.”

City of Scottsdale companies interested in exhibiting a ‘virtual stand’ through participation in the city of Scottsdale booth may contact Robert Tunis at rtunis@scottsdaleaz.gov or by phone at 480-312-7057.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers project is the latest initiative in the city of Scottsdale’s new ‘Work Scottsdale’ program. The program was developed in response to requests for partnership from local firms seeking skilled workers to satisfy their rapid Arizona growth.

The city’s Economic Development Department has helped Scottsdale companies attract new talent from outside the market during the past year through participation in job fairs, acclimatizing recruited employees, and identifying new sources of talent and training tools for current and prospective employees. A comprehensive Relocation Guide, Scottsdale-based job search portal courtesy of Recruiting.com, and information on travel, cost of living, demographics and educational resources is available on the city’s online portal at ChooseScottsdale.com/work.

“After speaking with more than 150 Scottsdale firms the message was consistent – Scottsdale is known for its amazing resorts and tourism amenities but little is known of the lifestyle, employment opportunities or needed workforce attraction in the community. Scottsdale has tremendous assets and as a result of the Work Scottsdale initiative the word is definitely spreading,” said Bob Tunis, business retention manager with the City of Scottsdale.

City of Scottsdale
Christian Green, 602-363-2306
cgreen@scottsdaleaz.gov