Skilled and employed workers use WorkSource to further their career

By Chad Pearson, Employment Security Department; Submitted by Cheryl Flynn

Many people think WorkSource is only for the unemployed, but more than 170,000 people used WorkSource last year, many of them employed. Washingtonians are learning that WorkSource career centers offer valuable resources — all free.

More and more skilled and employed workers are turning to WorkSource to attend classes geared to marketing their skills and abilities to prospective employers, putting a shine on their resumes and honing their interview skills.

With many companies looking for staff in a shrinking labor market, these skills can set you apart from other candidates and help you land that dream job. If you haven’t visited a WorkSource Career Center, now’s the time!

“If you want to explore job leads, take a workshop or research a promising new line of work, WorkSource should be your first stop,” said Dale Peinecke, commissioner of the Employment Security Department. ”No matter what your next step, WorkSource can help.”

WorkSource also has teamed up with Monster.com to launch a powerful new employment website called WorkSourceWA.com. The site offers employers free unlimited job postings and the largest talent database in the state. WorkSourceWA.com is attracting more employers every day, which   means job seekers can view thousands of jobs, and upcoming hiring and training events.

WorkSource is a partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies delivering a wide array of employment and training services for job seekers and employers. Customers access services both online and by visiting the network of more than 60 WorkSource career centers, affiliates and connection sites statewide.

WorkSource staff help you as much or little as you want. They can point you to the self-help tools or support you through each step of your job search; it’s up to you. Studies show that people who use WorkSource services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.

To get help with your job hunt or with your business, go to WorkSourceWA.com, and use the locator tool under the website’s resources tab to find your nearest career center.