City of Albuquerque hosts skill-based job fair | KOB 4

City of Albuquerque hosts skill-based job fair

Kai Porter
November 09, 2018 05:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than 60 employers filled the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque for the One Albuquerque: Job Source Hiring Fair.


Hundreds of people showed up, looking for jobs in different sectors.

Representatives from Starbucks were looking to hire baristas and management positions for new stores on the West Side.

"Even though we serve coffee, we're looking for people that want to make those great connections,” said Starbucks district manager Mike Berlint. We want them to really make people's day and really appreciate those customers that are coming in."

The job fair was different from typical job fairs.

Those looking for work took a quick test that measured their critical thinking and customer service skills, as well as how effective they are at communicating with potential clients.

"So we're telling employers, drop these barriers that are really leaving people out of the market and look at someone for their skills," said Jamai Blivin, founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate -- which teamed up with the City of Albuquerque to host the job fair.

Blivin said skill-based job fairs are more inclusive than traditional job fairs and allow for employers to hire on the spot.

"It really drops the barriers of poverty, barriers around age and really says, ‘I have the skills to do this job,’” Blivin said. “We have tools to help employers look at what skills they need and we can match those."


Kai Porter

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