By Jim Davis
Everett Herald Business Journal editor
TULALIP — More than 50 businesses and other employers are signed up for a job fair Sept. 10 at the Tulalip Resort Casino, looking for candidates to fill positions in industries ranging from healthcare to public service to aerospace.
People who need jobs or are seeking to take the next step in their careers are invited to attend the fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Orca Ballroom at 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip.
The Snohomish County Career Fair is being organized by The Daily Herald and hosted by the Tulalip Resort Casino. Other partners include the Marysville Globe, the Arlington Times and the Spanish-language weekly La Raza.
“We’re excited to bring together businesses and professionals, representing a wide array of industries in Snohomish County provide career opportunities to qualified job seekers,” said Herald Publisher Josh O’Connor.
The Herald organized the job fair after hearing from employers about the difficulty in finding qualified candidates for open positions, said Pilar Linares, the newspaper’s advertising director.
The unemployment rate for the state has dipped to 5.3 percent and has fallen to 4.3 percent in Snohomish County, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.
“This goes hand in hand with the economy,” Linares said. “People are having a hard time filling positions — we’ve seen it here, too — this is just another avenue for companies.”
It’s also a valuable tool to connect job seekers with a wide range of employers. Those job seekers could be someone looking for their first job or looking to try a new career path.
“People keep asking me what’s the demographic and I say it’s 18 plus,” Linares said. “It’s an opportunity for someone right out of school or maybe it’s someone who’s 50 plus and they’re looking for a change.”
Linares has been part of newspaper-organized job fairs at previous jobs in Houston and Beaumont, Texas. She said the newspaper saw a need in the community are attempting to respond.
“I think any company will tell you there’s a huge amount of time and energy spent in hiring a person and then training a person and then having them ready to go,” Linares said. “There’s an efficiency in job fairs.”
The newspaper plans to market the fair heavily in advertisements and radio spots. As an incentive, The Herald is asking people to upload their resume before the fair; the first 50 people registered who check in at the Sound Publishing Career Booth will receive two free Seattle Mariners tickets.
The Herald is hoping that at least 500 job seekers will attend, Linares said.
“When we did it in Beaumont, I was expecting 300 and then 1,500 showed up,” Linares said. “You just don’t know, but we’re marketing this extensively.”
The Herald also continues to be a sponsor of the biannual Snohomish County Job Fair, which is planned next from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Xfinity Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.
If you go
People are invited to attend the Snohomish County Career Fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Orca Ballroom at the Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. To learn more, go to www.snococareerfair.com.