The company has hired a full-time "community liaison," Bernita Dillard, to run the program. She is a resident of East Palo Alto who has worked at JobTrain and as a recruiter at Google. She plans to offer advice and guidance to candidates going through the application process and lead workshops for job candidates, according to Juan Salazar, local public policy manager at Facebook.
The company has also developed a separate job application portal for local applicants intended to increase the visibility of local candidates' qualifications to potential employers.
"This was really spurred by conversations with community groups," said Mr. Salazar. The program, he said, was a way for "us, as a company, to better connect with the community when it came to individuals highly qualified for jobs to make sure they don't fall through the cracks." The goal of the program is to help hiring managers at Facebook and its contractors see and duly consider local candidates' job applications.
The program had a soft launch in September and has yielded some local hires, Salazar said.
He said that hiring locally allows qualified locals who might be commuting to San Francisco or San Jose for work to shorten their commutes. "We probably pay better, too," Mr. Salazar added.
Residents of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks interested in working at Facebook should use the separate job application portal on the Access web page at accessfb.com.
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