TARGET Targets Oakland Jobseekers

By Adam L. Turner

Target employees (in red) team with PIC/EDD staff to help hire 200 workers for the new Target Store. Photos by Adam L. Turner.

Target Stores teamed up with the Oakland Private Industry Council   (PIC) and the State Employment Development Department (EDD)to hire 200 Oakland residents last week.
After three days of meeting more than 1,500 applicants for jobs at the Oakland One Stop Career Center in downtown Oakland, Target offered jobs to more than 115, on the spot, after their interviews and successful drug tests.
Many of the jobseekers patiently lined up around the block to be interviewed as early as 5:00am each morning, and a handful waited overnight.
“We’re pleased that the PIC/EDD One Stop Career Center served as a full-service recruitment and hiring location for Target’s new store in our region,” said Gay Plair Cobb,  Chief Executive Officer of the PIC. “We have completed more than 500 on -site interviews and Target is continuing to hire Oakland residents towards their goal of 200 hires.”
Dennis Elger, District manager for Target, said “working with the PIC/EDD Career Center helped Target save money which would otherwise be budgeted on advertising and marketing campaigns to promote hiring for the new store.”
Laura Patalo of the  Target’s HR department said, “although many people were not offered a position, their application will be on file and a HR team member will contact the applicant when more positions become available.”
She said the application process involved more than just applying for a position at Target Stores.
Part of the process was to fill out an online application with EDD and become a  EASTBAY Works  member.   EASTBAY Works  provides its members with a wealth of resources to the unemployed.  From resume writing classes to meeting with a case worker to tailor job specifics.
The PIC/EDD One Stop Career Center is located at 1212 Broadway.  EASTBAY Works members have access to  workshops, computers , printers  and job lisitings from many employers who have  submitted information   to the EDD’s  CalJobs database.
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