COMPANY: BioReference Laboratories, Inc.

INDUSTRY: Health Care

WEBSITE: bioreference.com

“We always get a great pool of qualified applicants from Bergen County Job Center,” said Christine Budowsky, Director of Business Operations for BioReference. “They have played an integral role in meeting our staffing demands and it’s refreshing to have this service free-of-charge from the county.”

Headquartered in Elmwood Park, NJ, BioReference Laboratories, Inc. is at the center of progress for patient care, providing testing and related services to physicians, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, employers, government units, correctional institutions and more. As the largest full service specialty laboratory, servicing approximately 11 million patients annually, and with a leading position in genetics, women’s health and cancer, BioReference is advancing the course of modern medicine.

CHALLENGE

By mid-March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, BioReference launched the COVID-19 test to aid healthcare providers in quickly and efficiently diagnosing patients. Throughout the year, the uncertainty that surrounded the pandemic increased the demand for immediate staff in select areas. To help support patients, healthcare providers, and the general public through the COVID-19 pandemic, BioReference collaborated with local and national organizations, employers, and government agencies to bring reliable and scalable test solutions that fit their needs. Meanwhile, with in-person job fairs on hold, interviewing and hiring eligible candidates to fill an immediate staffing demand during the pandemic represented a new challenge for recruiters.

SOLUTION

The Bergen County Job Center came to the rescue with a virtual online job fair where BioReference had the opportunity to interview candidates in real time on camera. This was also a great opportunity for our communities in Bergen County to pull together and assist many residents who were out of work due to the pandemic.

RESULTS

The virtual job fair helped BioReference hire seven employees. In addition, the Bergen County Job Center has been an invaluable resource to BioReference by providing highly qualified candidates for various other positions on an ongoing basis.

BioReference is looking forward to participating in the next virtual job fair that is currently being planned.

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