Just over one year after the official launch of its workinnorthernvirginia.com website and accompanying talent initiative funded by the Fairfax County government, the site created by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) has logged more than 483,000 visitors and 72,000 job views.
The website connects a new and diverse talent pool – in Northern Virginia and in key target markets such as the Bay Area and New York City – with companies in the region. Launched in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA), the site this morning lists more than 121,000 job opportunities from innovative local companies in industries ranging from cybersecurity to aerospace and healthcare.
“We are thrilled to have already connected thousands of job seekers from across the nation with hiring companies in our region, but this is only the beginning,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA.
In addition to displaying job opportunities, workinnorthernvirginia.com serves as a digital hub for the FCEDA’s initiative funded by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to attract, retain, retrain and grow talent that businesses need to grow and succeed here.
The website features a cost-of-living calculator, a commuting tool, a neighborhood quiz to help relocating talent learn more about Northern Virginia’s diverse living options, an interactive map that showcases the density of top employers in the area, and a wealth of information on local upskilling programs and resources. A robust digital marketing campaign has driven traffic to the website.
The talent initiative has featured a series of virtual career fairs that have focused on different segments of the job market, from entry-level jobs for recent college graduates to open positions in cyber and cloud for mid-career technology professionals. In total, five career fairs have attracted 3,470 attendees and resulted in more than 7,000 completed conversations between job seekers and hiring representatives.
Together with two more virtual career fairs that the FCEDA sponsored, the events have involved more than 500 recruiters from 170 businesses ranging from Fortune 500 firms to small and minority-owned firms. Some 100 colleges and universities also have been involved, including 40 historically black institutions of higher learning. Partners also have included organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in hiring, such as Women Who Code, BDPA-African American STEM Association, NOVA Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
“Fairfax County funded the Economic Development Authority’s talent initiative to build awareness of the thousands of open jobs here and the quality of life that people can enjoy in Northern Virginia. I am pleased to see after a year of investment, the success we are having in growing our talent pool,” said Jeffrey C. McKay, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.