A total of 824 CNMI residents participated in the three-day 2020 Census job fair, according to the Census manager Claudio “Clyde” Norita.
The job applicants competed for about 560 available full-time and part-time positions for the upcoming decennial 2020 Census.
The job fair on Oct. 11, 2019, and Oct. 12, 2019, attracted about 300 and 474 participants, respectively, while the job fair last Oct. 19, 2019, attracted about 350 participants.
“This number is positive for our recruitment efforts as we need over 300-plus just for part-time census employees,” Norita told Saipan Tribune in an interview. He further noted that the job fair, which was held at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe, was a convenient one-stop shop for the applicants.
The applicants were required to submit several documents and the job fair got together all the agencies where they are required to obtain a document under one roof.
Although the job fairs are now over, Norita noted that interested applicants may still apply for job positions, though not with as much convenience as the job fair.
“People can still apply but the process will be tedious, with getting documents notarized, scheduling the assessment test with the U.S. Census, which requires advance scheduling, and then [an] interview that is also on an advance scheduling,” he said.
“It was the main reason we had the job fair, for convenience,” he added.
The job fair, according to a previous interview with Norita, was held to fill up to 60 full-time jobs and up to 500 part-time job positions. Noting that the employment period would only be valid temporarily, or until the end of the 2020 Census, Norita’s office only hired 12 members as part of the skeleton crew.
“We have not done yet the bulk of the hiring,” he previously said. “We have started to sort out applications. …After that, we will have to [compile them].” An automated response will be sent to applicants after a federal background check.
Starting in early spring 2020, Census staff will be sent out to collect demographic information from residents of the CNMI, including social, economic, and housing characteristics of each resident.
The data collection phase would end in summer 2020.