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KHQ Job Fair

In These Unprecedented Times, We Are Stronger Together

For the past seven years, the Spokane Workforce Council has partnered with KHQ and WorkSource Spokane to offer the region’s largest annual hiring event. This year, in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are working together to connect businesses and job seekers in a new way. Together, we can help our local economy weather this storm and come out stronger on the other side. We will be facilitating virtual hiring events, connecting essential businesses with people who need to work right now, and highlighting stories of how our community can help struggling businesses stay open through this difficult time. We plan to offer the in-person job fair as soon as possible when social distancing measures are no longer needed. Spokane, we are stronger together! 

Click through the options below to access resources, and click here for our COVID-19 response press release

Join us for Spokane's largest hiring event, held annually in May

This event is a collaborative offering from KHQ Q6, the Spokane Workforce Council, and WorkSource Spokane. Each year we also offer co-sponsorship opportunities to local businesses. Employers who attend range across many industries, and job opportunities span from entry-level to executive. WorkSource Spokane offers prep sessions for both employers and job seekers to help all attendees have the best possible experience. This signature hiring event has been offered since 2014, and has grown to host over 110 employers and over 1,200 job seekers each year. 

WorkSource Career Coach greets job seeker attendee

For Businesses

We can connect you quickly to the workers you need

The WorkSource Talent Solutions Team can add your information to the Immediate Employment Opportunities web page, post your openings on social media, and/or feature your openings on our featured employers group. With the help of KHQ, these openings are getting in front of a wide audience of job seekers quickly. 

Email talentsolutions@esd.wa.gov or call 509-532-3186 for more. 

We held a successful Virtual Job Fair pilot event on May 21. We are now planning how expand on the pilot and offer additional virtual hiring events for our community. Stay tuned for more information! 

Many businesses continue to struggle as phased reopening moves slowly, customer behavior is hard to predict, and the landscape of financial supports continuously changes. The Talent Solutions Team from WorkSource Spokane is working to stay on top of all of these changes, and they can help your business navigate the complex landscape. Contact them at talentsolutions@esd.wa.gov or 509-532-3186. 

  • Click here to see resources for maintaining or reducing your workforce.
  • Click here to see financial resources available to businesses.
  • Click here to see additional business resources, like GSI’s Business Recovery Page.

Regardless of how quickly or slowly our economy re-opens for in-person business, we anticipate sustained demand for virtual services and remote work. That’s why the Talent Solutions Team has put together guides to help you increase your business’s online presence. Whether you want to improve your ability to manage teams remotely or learn the first steps in offering products online, Talent Solutions has a tutorial that can help you. Click here to get started

  • Click here to see a load/unload and parking map
  • Spokane Public Library will have a computer lab onsite where you can direct candidates to apply online. 
  • A semi-private interview room will be available onsite for same-day interviews. 
  • Didn’t order enough lunch tickets? Food will be available for purchase in the lobby of the event.
  • Please bring extra copies of applications and other materials. We don’t have the ability to make photocopies at the event. 
  • Please note, helium balloons are NOT allowed in the event ballrooms. 
Do you have more questions? Contact Andrea

For Job-Seekers

The Unemployment Insurance system is struggling to keep up with the demand of new applications. We’re working with the Employment Security Department to identify and fix problems as they arise. Although WorkSource does not provide unemployment insurance benefits, our career coaches may be able to help you navigate the system or identify the issues holding up your claim. Call us today at 509-532-3120. 

Click here for additional resources – we have links to see if you’re eligible, a video training on how to apply for Unemployment Insurance, and more.

WorkSource Spokane may have closed its doors physically, but they are uploading more virtual workshops regularly. Click here to access trainings on interviewing, résumé writing, strategic job search, and more. 

If you’re not sure where to start on your job search, consider using our online Career Quest tool – it is loaded with resources and checklists to keep you organized. You can even upload your résumé and other documents for access from anywhere! And it’s free! 

And as always, WorkSource Career Coaches are available by phone to answer questions and offer guidance on your career journey. Call them weekdays 9 am – 5 pm at 509-532-3120. 

Need food? Worried about losing your housing? Worried about healthcare costs? The Spokane Resource Center has compiled available community resources in one area to make it easier to access services you may need. 

Visit www.SpokaneResourceCenter.org to access resources!

Also follow the SRC’s Facebook page for real-time updates of new support and resources. 

  • 2020 WorkSource/KHQ Job Fair

The 2020 in-person event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We will re-schedule as soon as is feasible following the cessation of social distancing protocols. In the meantime, we are offering online resources for both businesses and job seekers to help weather this difficult time. Click through the sections above to find resources relevant to you.

For Employers

Registration deadline was May 13th, 2019. The event is completely full, and we are running a waitlist. 

1. Standard Booth – Price $150.00

**Update – Standard Booths are sold out for this event**

Price includes a 10’x10′ vendor booth with draped 8′ table, two chairs, parking for one vehicle, and two lunches. Electrical access, additional lunches or parking passes, and featured booth status are available for additional cost.

Please note that we do not make a profit on this event – all fees are used to help cover costs.

2. Featured Booth – Price $350.00

**Update – Featured Booths are sold out for this event**

Price includes all items included with standard registration, plus prime booth placement at the event near the front doors. Businesses will also be listed as “Featured Employers” on our website, with your logo on event materials and opportunities to market your open positions ahead of the event.

Talent Solutions from WorkSource is offering a “Maximizing your Job Fair Experience” webinar, a short training which will give you tips and tricks to attract candidates to your booth and have fruitful conversations at the fair. The training will include how to develop a job fair strategy, proper booth setup, and how to boost your brand at the event. The webinar is FREE and open to all. 

  • Click here to see a load/unload and parking map
  • Spokane Public Library will have a computer lab onsite where you can direct candidates to apply online. 
  • A semi-private interview room will be available onsite for same-day interviews. 
  • Didn’t order enough lunch tickets? Food will be available for purchase in the lobby of the event.
  • Please bring extra copies of applications and other materials. We don’t have the ability to make photocopies at the event. 
  • Please note, helium balloons are NOT allowed in the event ballrooms. 
Do you have more questions? Contact Andrea

For Job-Seekers

Registration is not required for attendance. 

  • Click here to see an event and parking map. 
  • Admission is FREE to job-seekers, but parking is on your own.
  • Food will be available for purchase in the lobby of the event.
  • Spokane Public Library will have an on-site computer lab where you can print your résumé, apply to jobs online, and more.

1. Prepare for Success – WorkSource  can help you stand out from the crowd in the busy job fair environment! Job fair prep sessions are offered on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 14, 10:00-11:30am – Click here to RSVP

Wednesday, May 15, 1:30-3:00pm – Click here to RSVP

Thursday, May 16, 1:30-3:00pm – Click here to RSVP

All sessions will cover the same material – you only need to attend once! All sessions will be held at WorkSource: 130 S Arthur Street, 99202
Questions? Call 509-532-3120 

2. Connect Center at KHQ

On May 9, KHQ will be hosting a call-in hour during the evening news beginning at 5 PM, with phones manned by WorkSource Career Coaches. Anyone in the area can call in and get on-the-spot help with résumés, information about how to prep for the job fair, and other job search tips and tricks. Tune in to channel 6 on May 9 to access the Connect Center. 

3. Make the Most of the Job Fair

This is a hiring event, and job offers are made on the spot each year. To ensure your best experience, dress for success and come prepared to interview for jobs! Researching the employers ahead of time can really help you have a positive experience. Our employer list includes job openings, minimum requirements, and company websites. View the list of Attending Employers.

Pre-registration is now closed. If you didn’t get a chance to register, don’t worry. This event is open to the public, and you can come day-of with no issues. 

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  • PAST JOB FAIRS
KHQ reporters greeting crowd

2019 Fair

May 23, 2019

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE EVENT

"It was a well-organized event that provided us an opportunity to immediately meet dozens of qualified candidates. We made offers to four individuals we met that day. I am already looking forward to attending next year."

Derek Humes
Hiring Manager, Bank of America Merchant Services

"I went to the job fair and I already have two interviews...Wow I just started this process. Thank you!"

WorkSource Customer

"This was our first time at the career fair, and over 19 years of doing various fairs in Chicago and Seattle, this was by far the best one I've ever attended. THANK YOU!"

Employer

"WorkSource employees are extremely professional and knowledgeable; it's great to work with staff who are fully trained and ready for an event of this size."

Employer

"Thank you for doing this, it is a great use of employers' resources and employees' time."

Job Fair Attendee

Event Outcomes

  • 115 Employers
  • 1,155 Job Seekers
  • Event was rated Good, Very Good, or Excellent by 88% of job seekers and 100% of employers surveyed.
  • One month out from the event, 71 hires have been confirmed
  • More than half of job seekers and employers surveyed said they’re still actively pursuing leads from the event.

2018 Fair

May 24, 2018

WHAT EMPLOYERS SAID ABOUT OUR JOB FAIR

"This event is one that we look forward to every year. It's very well put together, it's professional, and we always meet the right people."

"The service and accommodations were excellent. Thank you."

"The event was great and I would recommend the KHQ Job Fair to anyone seeking employment."

"This was the best by far of the three job fairs I've attended this spring."

Job Offers and Hires

Although it can be challenging to track hires made as a result of job fairs, we know of 57 job offers that were made as a direct result of this event. In addition, one month after the event, 60% of employers surveyed indicated that they were still vetting promising candidates and may make more job offers.

2017 Fair

May 17, 2017

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR JOB FAIR

"This is our third year attending the KHQ/WorkSource Job Fair, and we doubled what we hired last year. I am already looking forward to next year."

Kym Keller
HR Manager, Kodiak Security Services

"The service and accommodations were excellent. Thank you."

"We interviewed two candidates today and made both offers from the job fair. SUCCESS!"

"The best ever!"

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