By Chad Pearson, Communications, Employment Security Department
When partnerships are good, the results can be outstanding. That’s why the Washington Retail Association and the Employment Security Department are once again teaming up to promote September as Careers in Retail Month in Washington.
The goal is to create awareness around retail as a career, connect employers and job seekers in a tough labor market and to celebrate all things retail. The industry, which employs nearly 400,000 people in the state, is expected to list some 50,700 job openings in the five-year period ending in 2021. That’s a lot of jobs, many of which will be career and leadership positions.
It’s also why we created WARetailCareers.com as a new microsite within WorkSourceWA.com to encourage future managers to investigate careers in the industry. This new website is focused on the retail industry and also provides tools that make it easier for you to find and hire qualified candidates. For free on the website, you can post jobs as well as look for and manage candidates.
For the second consecutive year, Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed September as Careers in Retail month.
You, too, can keep the momentum going. Reach out to the WRA microsite to see how you can connect to job seekers in your area and make retail careers a top choice for the next generation.