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Recruiting: Job Fairs | Cascade Windows

August 30, 2016

WDC Spokane
 
Regional Workforce Snapshot
Fulfilling Demand
Job Fairs Help Local Businesses find Future Workers 
Next Job Fair - October 2016
 
The third annual KHQ/WorkSource job fair was held at the Spokane Convention Center in May, with over 1,200 job seekers in attendance and 115 businesses represented. Job fairs help save companies time and money by providing an opportunity to meet many candidates in a short time-frame.  
 
Often, candidates who l earn about an opening while at a fair will apply online and go through regular channels to get hired, which makes it difficult to capture exact numbers of hires made as a result of job fair networking. However, a majority (83%)  of business attendees reported that they were likely to hire candidates they met at the fair; ten hires have been confirmed as a direct result of the job fair. Kym Keller, HR Manager at Kodiak Security Services, shared "This is the second year we have participated, and we have a blast every time. The amount of potential employees we meet and talk to is amazing." Kodiak hired three candidates they met at the May job fair. "We look forward to attending for many years to come," says Keller.  

Cody Fox
Two students from the Next Generation Zone who helped staff the job fair as volunteers also found a job that day. Cody Fox was offered a Sales Representative position at Web.com, and started on July 27. Bethany Noble was offered a full-time CNA position with Prestige Care on June 3 that included a sign-on bonus and the opportunity to earn a future bonus as well. Both are thrilled. 

In addition to the annual job fair in May, the SAWDC assists in hosting two other job fairs: the Next Gen Job Fair (February or March 2017), designed for young adults; and the Access Spokane Job Fair (October 11, 2016), designed to connect companies and candidates with disabilities. Businesses and service providers can register for the Access Spokane Job Fair on the SAWDC website at wdcspokane.com/access.
Progressive Business Focus
WorkSource helps Cascade Windows fill Labor Shortage
 
Cascade Windows has been manufacturing windows for over 27 years. The company is headquartered in Spokane Valley, WA and has additional locations in Arizona, Oregon, and Utah. They recently expanded to about 1,300 total employees and expect to double in size over the next five years. Due to growth and turnover, Heather Meese, HR Business Partner for Cascade Windows, was facing a sizable labor shortage at the Spokane Valley manufacturing site. She contacted James Baker, Business Services Consultant from WorkSource Spokane, for help.
 
James coordinated with Heather to hold two separate hiring events at the Spokane WorkSource office to recruit for loaders and production workers. James also helped coordinate hiring events at the Everett and Tacoma WorkSource offices for Heather to find CDL drivers for positions located in Western Washington.  "Our partnership with James has been crucial," said Heather. "Since April we have hired 27 new employees directly from WorkSource, all full-time with full benefits."
 
With the hiring successes in Spokane, Human Resource managers from Cascade's other locations have begun to ask Heather "What are you doing differently in Spokane?"  She tells them the Business Services offered by WorkSource make all the difference. Heather is so impressed with the quality services offered that she has encouraged her managerial staff to enroll in WorkSource Spokane's behavioral interviewing classes over the next few months.  To find out how the Business Services team at WorkSource Spokane can help you, please contactbusinessoutreach@esd.wa.gov
SAWDC News and Events
SAWDC News
Board Officers and Member Appointments: The new program year for the SAWDC began on July 1, 2016. At its June meeting, the council voted to appointRob Goranson, Chief Financial Officer at Hotstart, Inc, to serve a second year as Chair of the Board; and Jeff Benesch, Vice President, Personnel at Trans-System, as Vice Chair. 
 
Three new members have recently been appointed to fill vacancies on the council. Tina Morrison, Secretary-Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council, and Bryan Adams, President of the Local 370 Operating Engineers, were appointed in April to fill two Labor representative positions. Dan Evans, Senior Vice President/Senior Client Manager of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, was appointed in June to fill a Business representative position. 
 
Eight board members with terms expiring in June 2016 were re-appointed for new three-year board terms by unanimous vote of the board. Re-appointed members are Donna Dalzell, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Robert Duron, Bottom Line Prophets; Mike Midkiff, Department of Social and Health Services; Diane Quincy, Avista; Lowell Sather, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 93; Ben Small, Central Valley School District #356; Jennie Weber, Employment Security Department; and Aaron Wilson, Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS).
 
Tim Robison, Program and Compliance Specialist:  In May, Tim was awarded the 2015 WorkSource System Customer Service Group Award for dedication and hard work developing WorkSourceWA.com by the International Association of Workforce Professionals. 

 


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