Career fair to connect employers, jobseekers

TULALIP — More than 900 people showed up at the Snohomish County Career Fair last September and met with more than 50 employers.

Some of the companies hired people on the spot, said advertising director Carrie Radcliff. The second career fair is planned for Tuesday.

“When we saw the success of the first one, it was a no-brainer that we should do it again,” Radcliff said.

The second career fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Orca Ballroom at the Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip.

About 60 employers plan to host booths at the event with many returning companies and some new ones, Radcliff said. Employers who plan to be on hand include the Bellevue Police Department, Campbell Soup Co,, Electric Mirror, T-Mobile, U.S. Border Patrol and Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett.

The fair is being organized by The Daily Herald and hosted by the Tulalip Resort Casino. Everett Community College is sponsoring the event.

The unemployment rate for the state has risen slightly since September up to 5.5 percent for the state and 5.3 percent for the county. That’s up from 5.3 percent for the state last fall and 4.3 percent for the county.

Still, Radcliff said there are companies that are in need of quality job candidates.

She said The Herald is planning a third career fair in September and plans to offer seminars on resume writing and interview skills.

“The main test of its success is if the hiring companies are pleased with the quality of jobseekers who are coming through and the jobseekers find the positions that they’re looking for and it’s well attended,” Radcliff said.

People who register and upload their resumes will have a chance to earn $100 gift certificate to Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant. To learn more about the job fair or to upload your resume, visit www.snococareerfair.com.

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