By Marjorie Gray
Web Content Assistant
On February 19, approximately 900 job seekers attended the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair & Employer Panel at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo.
About the event
The Career Fair was sponsored by Paine Field Airport. Amid giant fuselage sections and Rolls-Royce jet engines, with planes suspended above, job seekers waited in long lines in front of the 31 vendors’ booths.
The hopeful future employees appeared to come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, united in their search for jobs in one of Washington State’s healthiest industry sectors.
From our perspective
I was in attendance showing job seekers the COE website’s new Jobs System, where people can find aerospace and manufacturing job postings for companies such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Janicki, Umbra Cuscinetti, AMT Senior, and many more.
Many people expressed interest in getting more training, so they were directed to Preston, from Everett’s CCEC and Raphael, from the WATR Center, who talked to them about the short-term programs that could help them increase and upgrade skills.
There was a lot of interest in the Career Pathways directories, which quickly disappeared from the COE table. The directory lists aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs and certifications at community and technical college across Washington State. It can be viewed or ordered from the COE website.
Resume critique and employer panel
About 150 job seekers took part in a resume critique, where HR managers reviewed and gave valuable feedback on resumes. There was an employer panel of hiring managers from 3 of the attending companies. About 130 job seekers went to the employer panel, which was moderated by Workforce Snohomish’s Kurt Simmons.
The panelists discussed and answered questions about interviewing, resumes, what they look for in applicants, and other job-finding tips.
Networking between applicants and hiring companies
The Career Fair was also an opportunity for companies to network, in between talking to job applicants. Business cards were exchanged and partnerships forged.
I talked to many employers about the COE website Jobs System, where they can get more exposure in their recruiting efforts. Two new companies have already taken up this offer to post their jobs on the COE site. Company representatives were also informed of the COE website’s Recent Program Graduate matrix, where employers can recruit from lists of aerospace and manufacturing skills-development programs, with corresponding program ending dates.
The Career Fair was another of many events where representatives from the Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing meet with others to offer service and express the center’s mission of: Convene. Problem Solve. Disseminate.