PITTSFIELD — The city's personnel director said he was pleased with the response to an open house and career fair held Thursday in Council Chambers at City Hall.
"I was really excited to host this event," said Michael Taylor. "It provided the opportunity to meet with job-seekers, and not only communicate what jobs we currently have open, but also what we have coming down the road."
The open house was part of a long-term strategy by the department to enhance outreach and promote transparency toward recruitment for city employment and hiring procedures. It provided information on currently open and future position openings within the city; recruitment procedures for police officers and firefighters; insight on licenses required for specific jobs, and ways to obtain required certification.
Also participating Thursday were Berkshire Community College, BerkshireWorks career center, and career counselors from Project ReConnect, providing resume and cover letter assessments.
"In addition, this gave me an outlet to provide some educational items to [job] candidates regarding licenses and certifications some of our positions require," Taylor said. "This is going to really help rev up our recruitment efforts."
He said he "was fortunate to meet and speak with a lot of talented individuals, and was even more thrilled to learn some of these young professionals have recently moved back to the Berkshires."
Mayor Linda M. Tyer said Thursday afternoon that the event "resulted in an impressive turnout among those interested in what the city has to offer, as well as other professional resources. I thank Personnel Director Mike Taylor for his vision and leadership."
Tyer said the city "is committed to attracting the best and brightest from our community to city government, and this event is one of many that will fulfill this mission."
"I always enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with other departments," Taylor said, "so having employees from the police and fire department present to speak with the public about Civil Service and public safety careers was a great highlight."
Overall, he said, "This event really provided ideal information and outlook into city employment and the resources to help job seekers obtain a great job with the city of Pittsfield. It's important that we remain transparent in our hiring practices and this was just one way to help adhere to that mission."