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KHQ and WorkSource Job Fair draws crowd

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An estimated 1,400 people showed up to Wednesday's job fair. An estimated 1,400 people showed up to Wednesday's job fair.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

An estimated 1,400 people came to the Spokane Convention Center to speak with employers for the KHQ and WorkSource Job Fair.

“I'm looking for just about anything. I'm retiring from the military next month and I'm looking for any job opportunity that becomes available,” says Mike Lewandowski.

Mike is just one of hundreds trying to find a job.

“I do work in Health Care IT,” he says.

At the fair, Mike is finding opportunities.

“I've found a place that I'm really interested in,” he says. “It seems like it's going well so far.”

That's because some employers now are scrambling to find workers.

“It definitely has changed more to the job seekers market,” says August Richardson, assistant manager of Hampton Inn.

He’s helping recruit for three hotels managed by Vandevert Developments.

“We’re right at about 20 positions between three different hotels,” Richardson says.

The employee pool, he says, is thinner than before.

“It's more competition in town specifically in hospitality, restaurants, bars, everything here in Spokane, so gearing up for summertime is a part of it,” he says.

So to get the most qualified employees, “we offer not just full time but full benefits to our employees, paid holidays, lots of different advantages to be a part of our team,” Richardson says.

But being at the job fair, Richardson is excited to see so many prospective employees.

As for Mike, he’s just excited to start a new journey.

“I'm waiting for my next best career. I'm looking forward to it.”

If you missed the job fair, here’s some advice from WorkSource to market yourself to employers: know how to use technology well, tailor your resume for the job you’re applying for, and make sure to practice your interviewing skills. Find out more here: http://www.wa.gov/esd/spokane/

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