Reaching out to diverse job seekers at career fair
Teams from around King County, including the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Public Health, Transit, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Sherriff’s Office, and Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, spent the day at the recent Pacific NW Public Sector Diversity Career Fair in Renton help build pipelines and networks with job seekers from diverse communities.
“It was part community outreach and part straight recruiting,” said Julie Dunn, Employment Manager with Department of Human Resources. “We were asked to participate as one of the sponsors, and they wanted to get a bunch of our departments to talk about all the different things we do.”
During the career fair Julie gave a 15 minute presentation open to all event goers on the many services that King County provides and having representation from so many departments allowed attendees to hear what each team does and about the vast array of career opportunities the County offers.
“I started off the presentation talking about how public service makes a difference in the world,” said Julie. “If you want to find a way to give back to the community, we have something that will fit your needs and that will inspire you. We are so large that you can have an entire career at King County and do lots of different things.”
During the four-hour career fair Julie’s team was able to connect with more than 200 guests and showcase King County as a desirable employer.
Other participating agencies included City of Seattle, City of Bellevue, City of Renton, City of Auburn, City of Everett, Snohomish County, Community Transit, and the Port of Seattle.
Besides connecting with employers, the career fair also featured resume and interviews assessment, NeoGov application system assistance, and a class on how to apply for public sector jobs.