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Job Fair Outcomes

June 02, 2017

 
Fulfilling Demand
Outcomes from the Fourth Annual KHQ / WorkSource Job Fair

On May 17, WorkSource Spokane and KHQ co-hosted their fourth annual job fair at the Convention Center, with sponsorship from the City of Spokane and the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council. The event was very busy for the full three hours, with 1,571 job seekers coming through the doors to meet the 111 employers in attendance. Job fairs offer a great advantage for employers by giving them the opportunity to meet many candidates in a short amount of time, which saves both time and money. Feedback from employers was overwhelmingly positive, with most of them indicating they expect to make hires as a result of attending the fair. "We hired seven people we met at the Job Fair. This is our third  year attending, and we doubled what we hired last year," said Kym Keller, HR Manager at Kodiak Security Services.  Mindy Whitcher from Pitney Bowes shared, "We interviewed two candidates and made both offers from the job fair. I have six more interviewing from the job fair! Success!"
  
This year, WorkSource introduced a new job fair preparation course that enabled job seekers to earn " Certified Candidate" badges to wear to the fair. The prep sessions offered one-on-one résumé advice, assistance with business attire and hair cuts, and the opportunity to practice interviewing in a noisy environment. Janice W., one of the candidates who went through the program, shared "I came from a very small community in Montana. By taking the class today, I am more prepared for the noise and large crowd of people. I also now have...the confidence to sell my education, experience, and skills as a Food Service Manager." Employers reported that overall, the candidates who went through the prep sessions were better prepared and more professional than other job seekers at the event.
 
Click below to watch video highlights from the event. 
 
Fourth Annual KHQ Job Fair
Fourth Annual KHQ Job Fair
 
If you would like to receive an announcement when registration opens for future job fair events, please email Andrea Hixson atahixson@wdcspokane.com

 


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