Access Job Fair

Access Job Fair

An Annual Event in Celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Each year in October, the Spokane Workforce Council, WorkSource Spokane, Spokane County, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation partner to offer the annual Access Spokane Job Fair, a hiring, resource, and education event held in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event is designed to bring together job candidates, employers, service providers, educators, and students for employment opportunities, assistive technology demonstrations, and resources for individuals and veterans with disabilities. 

October 1, 2019 from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Centennial by Davenport Hotels

For Employers and Service Providers

The WorkSource Talent Solutions Team offered a short training for employers interested in attending the event and/or hiring people with disabilities. Guest speakers included experts from Spokane County, Skils’kin, DSHS, and WorkSource. 

Anyone can view a recording of the 30-minute webinar here. Access requires Adobe Flash Player. 

For Job-Seekers

Did you miss the event? Or maybe you attended, but want to follow-up on an employers or service provider you met?  See the list of registered vendors below. 

For Employers and Service Providers

Pre-registration for both employers and service providers is now closed. 

If you would like to come and did not get a chance to register, please contact Andrea to be added to the wait list.  

The WorkSource Talent Solutions Team offered a short training for employers interested in attending the event and/or hiring people with disabilities. Guest speakers included experts from Spokane County, Skils’kin, DSHS, and WorkSource. 

Anyone can view a recording of the 30-minute webinar here. Access requires Adobe Flash Player. 

For Job-Seekers

Attend a free prep session and learn how to ensure a more successful and rewarding job fair experience! Also get help on your résumé from professional career coaches. 

Attend one of the two sessions:

  • Monday, September 23: 2-3:30 pm*
  • Friday, September 27: 10-11:30 am

Sessions will be held at WorkSource Spokane: 130 S Arthur Street, Spokane, WA 99202

RSVP required – Click here to RSVP

*ASL Interpreters will be available at Monday’s session. Call (509) 532-3120 with accommodation questions. Washington Relay 711. 

Q: How much does the event cost?
A: The event is free!

Q: Do I have to register for the event?
A: No, pre-registration is not required for job seekers.

Q: I don’t have a disability (or I don’t want to disclose my disability), but I’m looking for a job. Can I come?
A: Yes! Although the focus of the event is on helping connect job seekers with disabilities with local employers,  this event is open to any and all job seekers. 

Q: I have accessibility needs. What should I do?
A: This event is wheelchair accessible, and ASL interpreters will be onsite. WorkSource staff in dark blue shirts will be posted throughout the event to answer questions and help anyone who needs assistance. If you have other accessibility questions, please call (509) 532-3120. TTY 711. 

2019 Fair

October 1, 2019

We hosted 57 vendors and 330 attendees at the 2019 event.

Commissioner Kerns gave words of welcome on behalf of the County, and Mayor David Condon’s declaration that October 2019 was Disability Employment Awareness Month was read. 

WorkSource offered prep sessions for job seekers with higher attendance than in previous years. The Talent Solutions Team also offered a training webinar for employers ahead of the event. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE JOB FAIR

I'm very pleased with the potential candidates that I've met today, and I already have one interview scheduled later in the week, with six more I'm sure my department managers would agree are solid candidates for our current openings.

Ashleigh Matthews, DAA NW

We love this event....it has allowed our company to be more visible to persons that identify with having a disability and the support we can provide in connecting them to gainful employment.

Cameron Steward, Ability Employment Services

I wanted to practice my professional pitch and really make a great impression...The staff at WorkSource Spokane encouraged me to customize my pitch with different employers, but maintain my personality in the delivery.

Job seeker who attended a prep session

Keep doing these job fairs, they are wonderful for both employers and job seekers.

Business attendee

The WorkSource staff was very helpful and accommodating in setting up and tearing down the show, as well as ensuring we were taken care of for breaks during the fair.

Business attendee

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2018 Fair

October 18, 2018

We hosted 67 vendors and 470 attendees at the 2018 event.

Mayor David Condon, County Commissioner Josh Kerns, and US Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers all attended and provided opening remarks in support of this valuable community event.

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE JOB FAIR

We did make a job offer today to a candidate I met at the job fair, and we have two more interviews scheduled.

“Well organized, as usual, and lots of good candidates.”

“I think these career fairs are very beneficial and greatly appreciate that you guys host these sort of events.”

“Keep up the good work! This is an awesome event.”

“Very impressed with the amount of job seekers attending.”

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2017 Fair

October 24, 2017

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE JOB FAIR

“Thank you to everyone who has helped in making this event happen today. When we work together we can celebrate the ability that every person has and ensure work is a reality for anyone who wants it.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
(WA-05)

2017 was our biggest Access fair yet, with 80 vendors and nearly 650 attendees!

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