Partnership offers free classes to help job seekers find new work

Posted at 4:08 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:53:21-04

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Workforce Partnership is offering free online classes daily that can help jobseekers get ahead when it comes to finding work.

The classes include mock interviews, strategies for finding jobs and best ways to create an effective online profile.

Andrew Picard, chief programs officer for the partnership, said job searches and interviews were already transitioning to largely online, but all of that accelerated amid the coronavirus outbreak. Almost all business now is done exclusively online, using meeting programs like Zoom.

"It's forced us to really quickly and really creatively rethink our strategies to reach job seekers and businesses in San Diego," Picard said. "We're looking at how can you shift your online presence, how can you make sure you have a LinkedIn profile, how do you follow up and do your research online on who you're connecting with."

The Workforce Partnership, a semi-public nonprofit, reports more than 27,000 San Diego workers have been laid off amid Coronavirus restrictions, increasing competition for what positions are available.

Picard said he is seeing jobs in health care, online communication, delivery services and at grocery stores.

The classes begin daily at 9 a.m. Participants can register online at