The new jobs report for September just came out and it was less than half the number some economists had predicted. Let us just start with this - WHY don't those missed prediction guys have to join the number of people now looking for work?!   Like the weatherman, the predictors can be so wrong so often and they just come in tomorrow and try again.  I would say if you were off by more than half once, you get one more shot, and then it's "Thanks For Playing". but I digress.

Of course, the built-in excuse for that and virtually everything else is "the Coronavirus".

Here's what the New York Times had to say about it.

"The latest coronavirus wave led to a second straight month of disappointing job growth in September, as Americans avoided restaurants and travel and were reluctant to rejoin the workforce.....U.S. employers added 194,000 jobs in September....down from 366,000 in August ...the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, but that was partly a result of people leaving the labor force entirely — a sign that public health fears and other disruptions from Covid are still keeping people from looking for work."

SO, thousands, nay Millions of people aren't out there helping to "build back better" and here's perhaps an ironic thing depending perhaps. Among those who could be working are those people whose job it might be to ultimately help other people find their jobs!

 That right my friends, the Employment Security Department (ESD) is now looking for workers for positions opening in WorkSource centers throughout Central Washington; Yakima, Sunnyside, Goldendale, and White Salmon

Alberto Isiordia, Central Regional Director says, “This is a great opportunity for people looking to begin their career in public service or those wishing to change careers... wages are competitive and the benefits are terrific...plus, ESD offers training and upward mobility.”

ESD helps people in person, online, and virtually in their search for the right job that meets their skill set, wage needs, and availability. In addition to finding the jobs, ESD preps the job seeker with training and information like how to write or improve a resume, how to apply for a job, and how to practice interviewing skills and techniques.

So that's what they do for others but what do you need to do to be successful in getting YOUR job helping them?  ESD says applicants must like helping people, be empathetic, pay careful attention to detail, work in a team environment, offer memorable customer service, and be able to communicate verbally as well as in writing.

If that sounds like you, you just might have a job helping find jobs for others!  APPLY online with a cover letter, resume, and written answers to a few questions. Go to the website careers.wa.gov and click on the job title, “Employment Development Specialist” and select the county in which you would like to work.  Good Luck!

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