Still need a job? Hiring event set for Friday

Update that necktie, iron that blouse and spellcheck your resume: a hiring event, which will feature about 30 employers, is set for Friday at South Puget Sound Community College.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college’s Student Union building, is free and open to all job seekers.

As many as 30 employers could attend, and 25 were confirmed as of Tuesday, college spokeswoman Kellie Purce Braseth said.

Businesses set to attend include Costco, Home Depot, Great Wolf Lodge, Red Wind Casino, Twin Star Credit Union and some Washington state agencies.

“And every employer there is hiring,” she said.

Job seekers should dress professionally and bring a hard copy of their resume as well as an electronic version, either on a smart phone or downloaded onto a thumbdrive.

Friday’s hiring event is a collaboration between SPSCC, Thurston County WorkSource and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council.

If you can’t make it Friday, a local company is set to have a hiring event at 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Waterstreet Cafe in Olympia, 610 Water St. S.W.

Smart Energy Today of Olympia, which helps homeowners and businesses with energy efficiency, anticipates hiring 17 positions locally and 22 nationally, according to a news release. Positions include HR director, sales, supervisors and field technicians. For more information, go to www.smartenergytoday.net.

The Thurston County jobless rate has fallen to pre-recession levels -- it was at 5.3 percent in July -- but not everyone has a job or wants a job because the national labor participation rate in August was 62.8 percent, the lowest since 1978, U.S. Department of Labor data show.

Seasonally adjusted Washington state unemployment was 5.6 percent in July.

Statewide unemployment for August will be released Wednesday (Sept. 17), followed by county jobless rates for August on Sept. 23.