Hundreds of job offers coming to youth at May 5 Opportunities Fair

Young people apply for jobs at the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. Thousands of young people came to the fair searching for a job. The coalition of companies and service agencies offered a range of help to the young people. Photographed on Feb 11, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Young people apply for jobs at the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. Thousands of young people came to the fair searching for a job. The coalition of companies and service agencies offered a range of help to the young people. Photographed on Feb 11, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Youth in search of a job in King County are in luck.

Hundreds of jobs will be offered on the spot at the 100,000 Opportunities Fair happening May 5 at CenturyLink’s WAMU Theater from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Job interviews with companies like Nordstrom, Starbucks, and Target are guaranteed to the first 1,000 youth from ages 16 to 24 who register for the event. Many more walk-ins will nab interviews too.

To help youth get there, Lyft is offering $50 of rideshare credit to youth 18 and older. Youth of all ages can pick up King County Metro Transit bus passes at the event for their trip back home.

Representatives from several other companies including Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and Hilton Worldwide will be there to provide career advice and inspirational speeches, while several other fair participants will prep youth for future job interviews with any company. Services youth can take advantage of include:

Los Angeles Opportunity Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. Photographed on Feb 11, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Los Angeles Opportunity Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

  • Resume writing/updating advice
  • Mock interviews
  • Online job application support
  • JCPenney and Nordstrom Dress-for-Success booths
  • Haircuts
  • Record sealing help for youth with justice involvement by TeamChild
  • Immigration/DACA support
  • Food handler cards
  • Public Health – Seattle and King County will help youth sign up for healthcare
  • Training providers – Goodwill, YearUp, Etc.
  • Education providers (Community colleges and GED providers/re-engagement)
  • Housing assistance
  • Financial help/Banking
  • University of Washington – Dream Project/College Access
  • Voter registration
  • FREE FOOD

This fair is part of a national effort that began last summer called the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, an employer-led coalition committed to hiring at least 100,000 youth by 2018. The initiative is especially focused on employing youth who are currently out of school and work.  Thousands of jobs have already been offered at fairs in other cities so far this year.

All youth are welcome, even if they’re not ready yet for an interview or a job. At the Opportunity Fair they can work on their resume, practice their interview skills and get connected to resources.

The coalition is partnering with the King County, City of Seattle, Educurious, The Community Center for Education Results & The Roadmap Project, United Way of King County, and other key partners for the event.  More than 20 leading companies will be represented, including:

Los Angeles Opportunity Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. Photographed on Feb 11, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Los Angeles Opportunity Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Pre-Scheduled Interviews Available

Chipotle Mexican Grill

HMS Host

Macy’s

Nordstrom

Papa John’s

Pizza Hut

Red Robin

Starbucks

Adalbert Aisporo, 20, shakes hands with Starbucks Regional Vice President Miguel Lozano after Aisporo was offered at job at the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. Thousands of young people came to the fair searching for a job. The coalition of companies and service agencies offered a range of help to the young people. Photographed on Feb 11, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Adalbert Aisporo, 20, shakes hands with Starbucks Regional Vice President Miguel Lozano after Aisporo was offered at job at the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center.(Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Taco Bell

Target

Representatives on Site

Alaska Airlines

Delaware North

Dominos Pizza

FedEx

Hilton Worldwide

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

JCPenney

Los Angeles Opportunity Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. Photographed on Feb 11, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Los Angeles Opportunity Hiring Fair at the LA Convention Center. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Lyft

Microsoft

Republic Services

Teavana

T-Mobile

TOMS

Walgreens

Walmart

For more information, contact event organizers at info@100kopportunities.org. Here’s a video about a similar job fair held recently in Phoenix: