recruiting a diverse workforce
Con Edison continued to use successful recruitment strategies. We use the Internet, job fairs, and professional search firms to recruit talented women and minorities. We also develop potential applicants by supporting organizations dedicated to skills training.
The Internet was the key means of marketing career opportunities to diverse populations. Leading websites, such as HotJobs.com, Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com, jobcentral.com/ny (New York State Job Bank), EnergyCentralJobs.com, and Powermarketers.com allowed us to reach diverse audiences in energy-related and other technical fields by linking to a broad range of diversity websites. The sites include AmericasJobExchange.com, DisabilityJobs.com, GayJobs.org, WomensLinkWorldwide.org, netip.org (Network of Indian Professionals), AsianAmericans.com, AfricanAmericans.com, DiversityJobsite.com, MinorityJobsite.com, nafe.com (National Association for Female Executives), GayWork.com, HispanicOnline.com, and NAACP.org.
Posting jobs on the Society for Human Resource Management website shrm.org links to a broad array of professional associations, including those that focus on Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, and people with disabilities.
We attracted a diverse pool of qualified candidates by participating in job fairs. The fairs were sponsored by the American Association of Blacks in Energy, and City University of New York campuses, including Baruch, Medgar Evers, City and Brooklyn colleges, and the College of Technology.
Con Edison of New York also participated in the Opportunity Expos career fair for veterans in New York City sponsored by RecruitMilitary, a veteran-owned firm dedicated to helping veterans connect with employers. Con Edison of New York also advertised its career opportunities listed at conEd.com/careers under the headline We Welcome Applicants with Disabilities in a special biannual advertising section of The New York Times called Disability in the Workplace. The New York Times, in conjunction with Hire Disability Solutions, a leading national consulting firm that focuses exclusively on employment issues of people with disabilities, sponsored the recruiting campaign.
Con Edison of New York also took part in college-sponsored career fairs outside New York City, including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers fairs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We attended career fairs at Morgan State and Clark Atlanta Universities, and LeMoyne-Owen College, all of which are historically black schools. We participated in job fairs sponsored by universities and colleges with diverse student populations, including Saint Peter's College, Rutgers University, and the University at Buffalo. We also took part in the American Association of Blacks in Energy annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. We participated in a career fair sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers in Orlando, Florida, and hosted tours of one of our steam generating stations for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to promote women in nontraditional careers. We also were a part of a career fair sponsored by Polytechnic Institute of New York University, considered among the best colleges for women and minorities pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Orange and Rockland Utilities participated in diversity job fairs at Orange County Community College and Dominican College. We also attended the annual job fair sponsored by the Orange County Employment and Training Administration held in Middleton, New York. We took part in a career fair for persons with disabilities sponsored by Independent Living, Inc., a consumer advocacy organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the disabled. In addition, Orange and Rockland Utilities participated in the Veterans Job Fair sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The competitive energy businesses had a presence at the African American Men of Westchester's Supply and Demand Expansion and Diversity annual breakfast.
Con Edison of New York continued to work with Sairam Consultants, a diversity search firm specializing in structural engineering, civil engineering, and construction management; Buckner & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in diversity; and Workplace Diversity, LLC, a minority-owned employment company that targets diverse employees.
The competitive energy businesses established a business partnership with Schaper Associates, a woman-owned search firm specializing in energy services and engineering, and partnered with Orion International, a search firm with extensive experience in recruiting veterans, and HEPCO, Inc., an agency dedicated to finding jobs for disabled veterans.
Con Edison of New York continued our partnership with Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a nonprofit organization that prepares women for work in traditionally male jobs. NEW has trained most of the women "hard hats" in New York City and has been a model for national programs. The Learning Center trained 275 women enrolled with NEW in 2010. The women learned basic electricity, carpentry, and plumbing, and received an introduction to transmission and distribution systems, as well as leadership and management development. Since 2000, NEW has helped us hire 77 women, and we remain committed to this productive relationship.
Con Edison of New York maintained our partnerships with Bronx Community College Project HIRE, an occupational skills training and development program that gives men and women practical skills to re-enter jobs in the construction trades. We also work with the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and the East River Development Alliance, both of which offer job training.