#PoweredbyJobs: Key Partner makes recruiting and hiring easier

(en español)

Happy #WorkforceWednesday!

As partners in Washington state’s WorkSource system and the American Job Center Network, the Employment Security Department helps people – unemployed or not – find new jobs and learn new skills. We help them experience the life-changing Power of a Job.

Every week, we spotlight a different Power of a Job success story. This week, we bring you a story from the other side of the job interview tracks: the business.

WorkSource understands that businesses — rather than feeling the Power of a Job — are Powered by Jobs when they find and keep the skilled workers they need to thrive. That’s why WorkSource supports businesses with job fairs, hiring events, online recruitment tools, labor market data, worker training, and even help avoiding layoffs.

The first Powered by Jobs story is from WorkSource Kitsap County in Bremerton.

I’m Michael Hooker with Aerotek, a recruiting and staffing agency with offices all over the country. I’ve been with the company for about 12 years now, and we’ve worked with WorkSource for just about the entire time I’ve been here.

We made a big change about eight years ago and started doing a lot of the recruiting for shipyard work here in Bremerton. Last year, we hired about 240 folks out here — veterans primarily.

I come out here every Tuesday and Thursday. Aerotek was thinking of renting a space in Bremerton, but WorkSource gave me free office space so I could invite some of the vets out there at 9 a.m. each morning.

WorkSource got them there. They do a lot of the pre-screening of applicants for us. That helps me out a lot, since my office is back in Federal Way. Plus, if they have any veterans who come in throughout the week, or if any job seekers have background in a shipyard, WorkSource will set them up to come see me, fill out an application and have a face-to-face interview.

When Aerotek first started coming to WorkSource, we held job fairs with probably 120 people showing up. But out of those, we probably would hire only seven or eight. Few were actually qualified, with the background and clearances we required.

So, after a lot of discussion with WorkSource staff, they came to understand better what we were looking for. Instead of bringing in 120 people, they would refer maybe only 20, but they were better qualified. Out of those 20, we would hire about 16 or 17. So, basically it was a lot more efficient. Plus, it didn’t hurt all those people coming in and finding they weren’t qualified.

WorkSource is a free service. My success here in Bremerton over the last eight years is 100 percent tied to WorkSource, so can’t get much better than that. They’ve definitely done a great job helping us out.

¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Michael Hooker, de Aerotek nos platica como WorkSource ayuda a los negocios /empleadores a encontrar los trabajadores que necesita.

Me llamo Michael Hooker trabajo con Aerotek, una agencia de colocaciones con oficinas por todo el país. He trabajado con la compañía casi 12 años, y casi todo el tiempo hemos trabajado con WorkSource.

Hace casi ocho años hicimos un gran cambio y comenzamos a reclutar para trabajos en el astillero aquí en Bremerton. El año pasado, contratamos como 240 personas, veteranos principalmente.

Vengo aquí cada martes y jueves. Aerotek estaba considerando rentar un lugar en Bremerton, pero WorkSource me ofreció espacio de oficina —gratis, para poder invitar algunos veteranos aquí todos los días a las 9 a.m.

WorkSource atrae los trabajadores hasta aquí. Hacen una parte importante con las evaluaciones preliminares de los solicitantes. Eso me ayuda bastante ya que, mi oficina está hasta Federal Way. Además, si durante la semana entran veteranos por esa puerta, o si identifican algún trabajador con experiencia en astillero, WorkSource los refiere para que vengan a verme, llenen una solicitud y hacer una entrevista en persona.

Al principio, cuando Aerotek comenzó a venir a WorkSource, hacíamos ferias de trabajo y como 120 personas se presentaban. Pero de esos, probablemente contratábamos solo siete u ocho. Eran pocos los elegibles por los antecedentes y verificaciones requeridas.

Entonces, después de conversaciones a fondo con el personal de WorkSource, entendieron mejor lo que buscamos. En vez de atraer 120 personas, ellos me refieren tal vez 20, pero están más capacitados, y de esos 20, contratamos 16 o 17. Básicamente, esto es más eficiente. Además, de esa forma evitamos herir los sentimientos de las personas que venían y se enteraban que no estaban capacitadas para el trabajo.

WorkSource es un servicio gratis. Mi éxito aquí en Bremerton en los últimos ocho años está ligado a WorkSource —en un 100 por ciento, no se puede pedir más. Definitivamente ellos han hecho un gran trabajo en ayudarnos.

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