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ST. THOMAS — The Division of Personnel fielded a barrage of criticism for failing to make available the over 800 government jobs that Governor Kenneth Mapp declared during his second State of the Territory address were available. Mr. Mapp encouraged residents and diasporas to apply for work, but D.O.P.’s website was ill-prepared to handle the influx of requests, and initially only included about 9 postings.
The amount of jobs posted has since improved, showing 96 police officer positions and about 150 teaching jobs, among other openings. But the department has gone a step further, launching a territory-wide recruitment drive dubbed “Transform Yourself, Transform Your Community”, in an effort to attract new hires to opportunities available in the Government of the Virgin Islands.
“In keeping with Governor Mapp’s mandate to fill vacant central government positions, the Division of Personnel invites the general public to its recruitment drive taking place on all three islands,” reads the press release, issued on Wednesday. “There are numerous vacancies territory-wide to be filled in the areas of corrections and law enforcement, education, social work, engineering, finance and more.”
“This is your opportunity to meet with HR professionals of the Division of Personnel and several government agencies to discuss your employment options,” it added.
D.O.P. is asking those who plan on attending the job fairs to dress in business casual attire, and come prepared with an updated resume as well as educational documents and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
On St. John, the drive will be held at the Administrator’s Office Battery on February 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. On St. Croix, it will be held at the Canegata Recreational Center in Gallows Bay, on February 25, at 10:00 a.m. And St. Thomas job seekers are asked to gather at the Tutu Park Mall from 10:00 a.m. on February 26. All fairs will end at 3:00 p.m., according to the release.
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