Free workshops expand to help jobseekers in Boeing hiring blitz
Media contact: Rick Van Cise, WorkSource Communications manager, 360-902-9454
EVERETT – More aerospace jobs are concentrated in Snohomish County than anywhere in the world, and the number is growing. But getting the attention of Boeing and other aerospace companies can be daunting for some jobseekers.
“For every 100 applicants, Boeing screens out about 75 of them, often because they didn’t know how to accurately describe their skills,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “WorkSource is turning that trend around by teaching job seekers how to develop résumés and applications that get screeners’ attention.”
As recruiting ramps up, WorkSource is expanding its unique partnership with Boeing to teach applicants the résumé and interview skills needed to get noticed. WorkSource centers in Everett and Auburn are increasing the number of free workshops to once a week or more. Boeing-trained job coaches will be on hand to help applicants navigate the hiring process.
The program is already working. Some 250 who applied at Boeing but never heard back were all offered jobs after seeking help from Everett WorkSource.
“They were instrumental in getting me the chance I needed,” said Michael Iacono of Everett, who got help with his résumé and learned about training opportunities.
Michael doesn’t own a computer, but he used the free computers at Everett WorkSource to apply at Boeing, which takes applications only on-line. He was offered a job as an assembler-installer at the 737 plant in Renton.
Without WorkSource, he said, “I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today.”
The next aerospace workshop orientation session for jobseekers will be April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Everett WorkSource, 3201 Smith Ave., Suite 413. Similar workshops continue every other week at the WorkSource centers in Mount Vernon and Tacoma.
WorkSource is a statewide partnership of Employment Security, other state agencies, local governments, colleges and nonprofit organizations that work together to provide free employment and training services to job seekers and employers. WorkSource can also help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training.
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More aerospace jobs are concentrated in Snohomish County than anywhere in the world, and hiring is on the rise. Workers who have the skills but need help navigating the application process are finding success by attending special workshops run by Washington WorkSource in partnership with Boeing.
Hundreds, who didn’t get a response from Boeing before, were offered jobs or an interview after attending the workshops.
Everett and Auburn WorkSource centers are expanding the program to offer workshops weekly, with similar workshops every other week in Skagit and Pierce County WorkSource locations.