Job fair connects job seekers with private, public sector employees looking to hire

TULALIP – The sixth annual Snohomish County Career Fair provided job seekers on Tuesday with an opportunity to meet with employers actively looking to fill positions.

The job fair at Tulalip Resort Casino showcased five dozen employers from fields including aerospace and technology, law enforcement and the armed forces, construction trades, school districts and colleges, media, insurance, real estate and social services.

Application and interview tables gave jobs seekers space to fill out forms and prepare their resume and work samples.

Rosie Bazaute and Leticia Maclovio drove from Mount Vernon to check out potential jobs that would work with their family schedules.

“Many don’t seem to be hiring if you don’t have an education,” Bazaute said.

The drive down I-5 on a sunny day was still worth the time, though, Maclovio said. “We’re getting lots of information from different employers that we can look through,” pointing to her bag full of job materials, snacks and stress balls.

David Glenn from Everett said he came with several copies of his resume that included services and hospitality jobs over the past 15 years.

“I’m looking to move into a new career that builds off skills I already have, and I know there are jobs in the market, but I haven’t found the one ‘aha’ job just yet,” Glenn said.

Unlike first-time job seekers, Glenn was reflective of another group with other ideas in mind that workforce experts are seeing in larger numbers.

“Many of the visitors we are seeing are already employed, and they’re coming in looking for the next big opportunity,” said James Lapsley, a veterans employment representative that has helped staff the WorkSource Everett booth every year since the job fair started.

Plus, the thriving economy is pushing costs of living higher, and that runs the risk of leaving some local employees behind unless that can latch onto higher-paying jobs.

In talking to job seekers, Lapsley said, “It’s really about doing your research, and knowing what you’ve done and what you want to do.”

The job fair also serves as a valuable networking event.

For example, Elise Robinson, director of Human Resources at Everett Community College, at the fair introduced WorkSource staff to new dean of Business and Applied Technology, William Stuflick, who started two weeks ago. The introduction opened the door to future discussions about ways that EvCC and WorkSource could work together to bring even more jobs for students into the pipeline.

She said that during EvCC’s expansion, the school has had on average up to 10 exempt positions being hired and filled at any given time.

EvCC used two booth spaces, one for actual jobs, and the other a seating area to explore information for other career learning tracks and skills necessary to succeed in them.

For Eric DeJong, executive director of Teaching and Learning with Arlington Public Schools, this was his first year attending the job fair. Arlington, Everett and Snohomish school districts occupied an educators row.

Among the jobs APS highlighted was a benefit specialist, a year-round position that drew interest from some job seekers. DeJong said they were also seeking for classified workers for non-teaching positions such as school bus drivers and custodians.

The ongoing struggle for Arlington – and other districts – is substitute bus drivers. “We all looking for the same thing,” DeJong said.

More in News

Inslee: Stay home for 2 weeks

By Jerry Cornfield and Zachariah Bryan The Herald OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay… Continue reading

Fences have been put up around Marysville playgrounds to keep kids off. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Marysville leaders concerned as (almost) everything’s closing

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – Within hours of Gov. Jay Inslee’s… Continue reading

Briefly

Beware of coronavirus scams SEATTLE – U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran is… Continue reading

Jennifer Thompson, left, and her father Ron Thompson secure a new remembrance plaque to the Oso slide site gate on Sunday, near Oso. Ron Thompson handcrafts a new plaque for the gate every year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Community remembers Oso slide victims, survivors

By Ben Watanabe The Herald OSO — The power of remembering the… Continue reading

People gather to pick up special allergy meals before leaving Lakewood High School on Wednesday in Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Districts taking meals to students since schools are closed

By Stephanie Davey The Herald LAKEWOOD — Children wearing pajamas stood outside… Continue reading

Jon Nehring
Letter about coronavirus from Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring

This is an edited version of a letter Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring… Continue reading

DOUGLAS BUell/Staff Photos
                                Lead cook Keina Gowins with Presidents Elementary hands out free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to students and parents outside the school Wednesday. Presidents and AHS serve as central kitchen sites for preparing meals, which starting next week will expand to 12 delivery sites from Silvana to Oso. Right, Arlington Food Bank executive director Carla Gastineau and Mike Simpson, food bank board president and owner of Arlington Grocery Outlet, partnered with the district with their Meals Til Monday program, and gave a woman a box of donated food while at Presidents.
Arlington students won’t go hungry during the COVID-19 school closures

ARLINGTON – Arlington schools are closed through April 24 to help fight… Continue reading

Scott Beebe hands out Chromebooks to people in their cars. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Marysville parents anxious to pick up school materials for kids

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – A few days ago Marysville schools… Continue reading

Jon Nehring
Marysville leaders’ trip to D.C. productive

MARYSVILLE – City leaders recently obtained advice on how to get more… Continue reading

Crews will blow garbage into the street and sweep it up over the next few weeks. The city is asking people to move their cars, trash cans and recycle bins when they come around to help them do a thorough job. (Courtesy Photo)
Marysville shuffles workers due to virus, seeks public’s help for sweepers next week

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe. MARYSVILLE – From working from home to teleconferencing… Continue reading

City of Arlington carries out operational changes to encourage social distancing

ARLINGTON – The city has made a series of operational changes in… Continue reading