Nearly 250 students attended the April 28 Teen Job Fair hosted by Bellingham Public Schools.
According to Martha Zender, Sehome High’s High School & Beyond Coordinator and the job fair organizer, the event was successful in linking students with jobs. “We’ve received great feedback from the employers,” Zender said, “and students left with loads of information and smiles on their faces.”
Participating employers came from a variety of local industries — everything from grocery stores, manufacturing and health care, to parks, recreation and local farms. The following businesses were onsite speaking with students: (in alphabetical order) Andgar HVAC, Barron Heating, Birch Equipment, BP Cherry Point, City of Bellingham, Common Threads Farm, Eden Health, Enfield Farms, Express Employment, Futures NW, Goodwill Job Training, Haggen, Hoagland Pharmacy, Lions Club Camp Horizon, Lithtex NW printers, Marathon Cleaners, North Cascades Health and Rehab, Pacific Northwest Autism, Radar Farms, Rice Insurance, San Juan Sailing, Silverado Memory Care, WECU and WorkSource.
Goodwill employment specialists were also onsite to provide assistance with resume writing.
Nick Urdiales was pleased with the amount of interest in Enfield Farms during the event. “We thought it was a great event for both the kids and us,” he wrote. “The interaction with everyone was fun and speaking with the kids was great.”
“We had multiple applicants and will be hiring them for summer employment!”
Likewise, Jessica Noonan from San Juan Sailing said she got plenty of leads on hiring from the job fair and looks forward to future partnerships like the Teen Job Fair as she looks to hiring staff.
Attending the job fair was a great opportunity for BPS high school students to put themselves out there with confidence and to challenge themselves. It was also a great chance to introduce themselves to possible employers, developing those important communication skills when in a job search.
“We have one student that was hired by San Juan Sailing and another who wants to apply to Common Threads and is working on their cover letter,” shared job coach Karen Morris at Options High School.
“The job fair was a great opportunity for students to learn about potential job opportunities but most importantly to practice engaging in conversation with these businesses,” Morris continued. “I was so impressed by my students’ bravery in going up to employers and engaging in conversations!”
Students are always welcome to visit and ask questions at their high school career centers where teen job opportunities are often posted.