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City of Scottsdale partners with IEEE to launch first-of-its-kind online career and talent expo.

SCOTSDALE, Ariz. - June 8, 2015 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.

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About Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society, is commemorating its 125thanniversary in 2009 by “Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future” around the globe. Through its more than 375,000 members in 160 countries, IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed nearly 900 active industry standards. The organization annually sponsors more than 850 conferences worldwide. Additional information about IEEE can be found at IEEE.org.

About the city of Scottsdale

Scottsdale, one of Arizona’s 10 largest cities, is a premier visitor location as well as a tremendous place to live and do business. It is home to 125 golf courses, 220 tennis courts, dozens of parks and hundreds of miles of bike paths and hiking trails, and a Downtown with more than 20 hotels, 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and 80 art galleries. More than 20 percent of Arizona corporate headquarters are in Scottsdale, and 98 percent of Scottsdale’s software companies are growing with 14 percent software employment growth forecast in Arizona over the next five years, the highest in the Mountain West region. Scottsdale is ranked the sixth safest city in America, holds a Gold Ranking as one of Top Ten Best Burbs for Biking, and is an up and coming foodie location. It was also honored as Arizona’s 2013 “eCity” by Google, and is home to some of Arizona’s top performing public and private schools. For more information and rankings, visit ChooseScottsdale.com.


Media Contacts:

Christian Green

Economic Development Manager

City of Scottsdale

cgreen@scottsdaleaz.gov

(480) 312-2612

 

Adrienne McGarr

Ruder Finn for IEEE

(312) 329‐3907

mcgarra@ruderfinn.com

 

 

Francine Tardo

IEEE

(732) 465‐5865

f.tardo@ieee.org


Kyla Bonnstetter
Virtual Event Sales

IEEE REGION 6 Career & Talent Expo

(602) 373-3361

R6TechExpo@IEEE.org

 

 

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