Big job fair Tuesday for teens, young adults in Tacoma

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 8:59 AM

TACOMA – Is your teenager looking for a summer job or permanent work? Companies are looking to hire teens and young adults at one of the largest teen job fairs in Washington.

Teen JobFest 2014 on Tuesday is expecting a huge turn-out with more than 600 teens and young adults pre-registered and 50 companies looking to hire.

Young job seeker Sam Rodman plans to attend the Teen JobFest. He’s made a commitment to himself to apply for at least three jobs a day.

"There are just so many people that are looking for one position. It's really difficult. I think right now that is the hardest part,” said Rodman.

Teen JobFest is specifically for young adults ages 16 to 24. The jobs are tailored for first-time, entry-level workers. For example Starbuck's and McDonald's are looking to hire cashiers and baristas. Also, Wild Waves is looking to hire workers this summer.

Organizers hope today will help young people connect with a number of employers all under one roof. They also hope to turn the young adult unemployment rate around in Pierce County, which is one of the highest rates in the state.

Pierce has a 9.2 percent young adult unemployment rate, compared to 5.5 percent in King County and 8.1 percent in Thurston County, according to data from Employment Security Department.

Recruiters recommend job seekers rehearse a 30 second pitch and bring dozens of resumes.

"Young people may not have a lot of experience. They could just put down community involvement, education, their software skills. Our young adults are pretty well versed in technology,” said Madalaine Marton, a Workforce Central job recruiter.

Teen JobFest takes place at the Star Center at 3873 South 66th Street in Tacoma. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

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