RICHLAND -- Would-be workers with decades of experience but no jobs and college students looking for their first internships pitched their qualifications at Washington State University Tri-Cities on Tuesday.
The university in Richland attracted 60 employers and about 900 people looking for employment to a career fair at its Consolidated Information Center in Richland. It was held in cooperation with WorkSource Columbia Basin.
The job hunters were diverse.
Scott Albin, a WSU Tri-Cities grad in social sciences in December, was looking for work beyond the customer service job he had been able to find.
Dan Berghofer of Pasco had even less experience as a second-year computer science student, but was hoping to find an internship.
Then there were candidates like Matt Boehnke, who just returned to the Tri-Cities after retiring weeks ago from the Army.
He last lived here before leaving for Desert Storm and chose to return even though he knew Hanford laid off about 2,000 workers during the past year, many of whom also are looking for jobs.
He is optimistic that his 21 years of military service, project management experience and information technology knowledge will be a winning combination for some employer.
Hanford workers also showed, both those who had been laid off and some who feared they would be laid off as the nuclear reservation waits for a federal budget for the fiscal year that began last month.
But not every job available at businesses at the fair required technical expertise. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, for example, had openings for part-time drivers to deliver cars and service agents.
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