The fourth-annual hiring fair helps high-profile companies bridge the employment gap exacerbated by the pandemic, with a focus on youth most in need.
On June 16, The Hire Opportunity Coalition and Get Schooled are hosting the fourth annual National Youth Hiring Day—a national, free virtual job fair for young people, featuring 16 leading national employers looking to fill more than 135,000 entry-level jobs. Every applicant who logs on is guaranteed an opportunity to engage with participating companies, learn more about available entry-level positions, and potentially get hired on the spot.
National Youth Hiring Day 2021 will be the biggest yet with more industry-leading employers on board. Participating exhibitors include Amazon, City Year, CVS Health, FedEx Ground, Five Guys, Hilton, Hyatt, Jason’s Deli, Nordstrom, Rue21, Staples, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Verizon, Victra, Walgreens, and Wayfair.
National Youth Hiring Day’s goal is twofold: help America’s youth access meaningful employment opportunities and help leading employers hire the young talent that will continue to fuel America’s economic recovery.
Introduced in 2018, National Youth Hiring Day was the first national, virtual job fair for young people. Last May, the third annual event featured nine leading national employers, reaching more than 12 million young job seekers, and connecting directly with nearly 50,000.
How National Youth Hiring Day Works
Young people who have pre-registered for the virtual job fair, will be able to receive robust coaching support in the lead up to the event, from resume help and interview prep to what to wear to a virtual job interview and more.
The services will be provided through multiple digital platforms, such as an exclusive Get Schooled text line—offering young people the 1-to-1 support they need to guide them through the application and hiring process. Youth can access the preparation and job fair from any connected device, no download or special software needed.
The event, which will take place on an immersive, interactive platform, will mimic the best features of an in-person job fair—enabling youth to learn more about the benefits and openings of each participating employer, engage with recruiters and service providers directly in real time, and apply for specific openings near them.
At the event, employers will have the opportunity to engage live with thousands of motivated job seekers, spotlight their youth-friendly policies and benefits, accept applications for open positions and interview candidates on the spot via chat, video or audio.
The Stakes Are High
The COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have a devastating effect on young people who are struggling both financially and emotionally—especially for young people of color and female youth. Young people who are unable to access consistent work before age 25 will earn 44% less over the course of their lives, further contributing to long-standing cycles of intergenerational poverty. (Source: The State of Youth Unemployment)
“Facing both a global pandemic and now a national reckoning on race has shown Americans that, while we’re all connected, opportunity youth continue to face formidable systemic barriers to gainful employment,” said Charles Hiteshew, Executive Director of The Hire Opportunity. “What is called for and what Hire Opportunity Coalition stands for is corporations that recognize not only the moral imperative, but the business case for hiring these young people. When effectively supported, trained, and advanced, these youth will soon inform their corporations’ strategies to meet an ever-diversifying marketplace in the future.”
Research from Mathematica’s recent report found that three out of four unemployed respondents said COVID-19 made their job search more difficult and nearly one in three reported having stopped their job search altogether due to COVID-19. Nearly two-thirds of young people indicated a general belief that existing barriers, such as discrimination, lack of money, lack of education and skills, and immigration status, will make it difficult to achieve their career goals.
How You Can Help
We’re calling on supporting organizations to help us recruit youth to the online job fair and spread awareness about our available resources. You can help us achieve our goals by:
- Posting about the job fair on your social media using the sample language and graphics found on the NYHD 2021 Social Media Toolkit. (Please note these are just starting points and you should feel free to tailor these messages to your unique organizational voice.)
- Resharing posts from Get Schooled (Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook) and Hire Opportunity Coalition (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) regarding the job fair.
- Encouraging youth to register for the fair by visiting http://youthhiringday.org or texting #HiringDay to 335577.
More information about the event can be found on the National Youth Hiring Day website – http://youthhiringday.org