Find a job, find an employee

WorkSource Whidbey, in partnership with other community based organizations, is sponsoring a spring job fair Thursday, May 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst, in Oak Harbor.

The job fair has 23 employers confirmed to participate. Attendance at the previous eight job fairs ranged between 250 and 400 job seekers. The last job fair was held in October and featured 26 employers representing the federal government, health care, food service, construction, retail, and insurance industries, among others.

“Response from job seekers was very positive,” said Josette Martin, WorkSource spokesperson. She quoted one job seeker as saying, “This was a great foot in the door – I am so excited!”

Employers were equally happy with the candidates they met that day. “This was the best organized job fair we have seen. We were impressed by the number of, the quality of, and diversity of applicants,” said Officer Tish Lagerwey, from US Customs and Border Protection. She interviewed 10 prospective employees in October, and said she planned to return for future job fairs.

Here are businesses and agencies that have signed up for next Thursday’s job fair:

AFLAC, Air Force Reserve, Bert LLC., Chapman University, Comcast Cable Communications, Express Personnel Services, Independent Electrical Contractors of Washington, KWDB Radio, Military Sealift Command, Navy Exchange, New Leaf, Inc., Northwest Laborers, Panorama Properties, Safeway, Service Alternatives for Washington, Skagit Valley College, US Border Patrol, US Navy Reserve, University of Phoenix, Whidbey General Hospital, Whidbey Island Manor, Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle, Whidbey Telephone Company.

At least 28 people found jobs immediately at last October’s Job Fair, according to Martin, and several others began a process that would result in a job.

WorkSource conducts classes for job seekers prior to the job fair. For information call 675-5966 or stop by the office 31975 Highway 20, Oak Harbor. There is no charge for WorkSource services.

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