Chamber hosts job fair Oct. 16

October 15, 2008

By David Hayes

 

While state or national employment numbers may be down, local businesses are hiring. To help fill their positions, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is hosting its third free Eastside Job Fair from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

 

What to know

 

  • Employees seeking work who cannot attend can e-mail their résumé to EastsideJobFair@comcast.net. Résumés will be shared with all represented companies.
  • Learn more about WorkSource at www.worksource.com.
  • Call the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce at 392-7024.

 

 

“According to our feedback from chamber of commerce members, there is a job shortage in Issaquah,” said Amber Libenson, chamber events manager. “They’re having a hard time finding people to hire. So, even though there’s an employment crisis, we’re short on employees.” 

The Job Fair, presented by Zetec, will again connect employers with prospective employees. Many businesses are expected to be represented, all under one roof, including Nintendo, Edward Jones, UPS and more. Part-time, full-time, retail, service, labor, management and high-tech companies have been invited to participate.

Libenson said the first job fair the chamber hosted in October 2007 attracted 49 businesses and more than 500 applicants. A survey of participants indicated a preference for a biannual event. So, the chamber tried again in April, only to less successful numbers — only 30 businesses signed up and it attracted a little over 250 people, Libenson said.

“We were thinking that April may not be such a good time,” she added. “So, we’ll see how it goes this October.”

So far, 17 businesses have committed, and Libenson expects that number to get to 30 again. 

Job seekers should come prepared with a résumé or ready to fill out a job application. New this year will be an interview room available for prospective employers to do on-the-spot interviewing if necessary. 

Libenson said free résumé assistance proved to be so popular last October, the chamber is introducing this time a free Career Corner, sponsored by WorkSource Redmond. Job seekers can get free résumé help, interviewing tips, what to expect in job interviews, Veteran services available and a multitude of resources to help with their job-seeking journey.

“We’re trying to make this an all-encompassing job fair. That’s why we thought WorkSource would go well with the whole thing,” Libenson said. 

Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com.

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