Rabbi Steven Weil

You’re Hired!

May 26, 2011

Ever since the economy turned a few years back, the OU Job Board has been one of the busiest offices in the organization, providing essential services and hosting the most heavily-trafficked section of the OU web site. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that 16 candidates were hired on the spot at the recent OU Job Board Staten Island Job Fair at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Center. 700 candidates attended to meet with 50 potential employers, resulting in a significant number of immediate offers, as well as a substantial number of second interviews. (Similarly impressive results were equally true of past OU Job Fairs. For example, a 12 percent hiring rate followed February’s Brooklyn Job Fair.)
Between immediate hires and call-backs, it is estimated that 10% of attendees at the Staten Island event were employed as a direct result of this Fair. According to Michael (Srulie) Rosner, Director of the Job Board, “this is an extremely high percentage, reflecting the fact that the OU Job Board pairs qualified candidates with firms interested in hiring.” The Senior VP of Human Resources at a Manhattan-based investment firm said, “I do not go to any job fairs other than the OU… I never leave the office, but I always come to the OU fairs.”

Our thanks go to Srulie and his staff, as well as to Yaffa Schonbach, Director of Connect to Care, JCC of Staten Island, who served as co-organizer of the Fair, and to all the companies who participated. You can read more about this event here.