On Tuesday, January 15, 2008, BDS participated in the first City of Portland Job Fair hosted exclusively for Jefferson High School and Portland Community College students. This event was planned as part of Mayor Potter's week at Jefferson in which he will operate his office from Jefferson for the entire week of January 14th -January 18th.
Many of the city bureaus set up tables lined with information about their bureau, services, available careers and internships. BDS hosted a table full of useful information from "How to Apply for a Job at the City", "Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions" and "Most Commonly Used Action Words in Resumes and Interviews" in addition to Careers the bureau has to offer.
Director Paul Scarlett joined our team at the noon hour to visit with staff and students. He shared his knowledge of the importance of education with various students and jokingly poked fun with Water Bureau Director David Shaff, comparing who had the best give-aways between BDS and Water Bureau.
The gym was alive with energy, excitement and promise. The students roamed the area with bags collecting materials, asking questions, seeking information on the possibility of interning at the various bureaus and grooving to the sounds of DJ O.G. One from Jammin 95.5. In addition to the job fair there was a "Live Mic" session in the Community room, where students voiced their thoughts, questions and opinions on the Mayor's stay and showcased their talents.
I would like to personally thank bureau staff: Planner Tim Heron, who had a great way of engaging students with humor and hipness; Engineer Lisa Buellesbach, who spoke earlier to a classroom about the engineering field; Inspector Joe Botkin, who explained what different inspectors are responsible for in the bureau; Customer Services', Carol Richard, who kept our area well organized and engaging for the students and Tech I Trainee Viktor Palchey, who shared his experience as a summer intern to eventually landing a permanent position in the bureau.
Participating in events geared toward the success of youth is just another example of the Director and Bureau supporting the Mayor's "Children's Bill of Rights" initiative and finds new ways to diversify outreach efforts and future staff.
For more information, contact Outreach Program Coordinator, Tiffani Penson (503) 823-1109.