Workshop helps job seekers fill out applications properly for state jobs

Nearly half of the applications received seeking jobs with the state are immediately rejected “because applicants don’t adequately describe how their skills and abilities match an advertised position,” said Don Chavez, a human resources consultant with the Department of Enterprise Services.

Along with other duties, the DES is the state’s personnel office, and yes, he said half of all applications.

To rectify that, and to educate job seekers, JobSource Thurston County and DES are sponsoring a series of monthly workshops – “Work for the State of Washington” – held to help job seekers navigate the state’s application process.

The new workshop offers an overview of the website and shows how job seekers can best target cover letters, resumes and applications.

“The key to success is showing that your skills and abilities match the requirements of the job,” Chavez said in a release Wednesday.

The workshop is conducted the second Thursday of each month at the WorkSource center at 1570 Irving St. S.W. in Tumwater. The next session will begin at Oct. 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The event is free, and job seekers from any county are welcome to attend.

To find workshops, visit and click on the Calendar Workshops & Events.

For information concerning job openings and hiring events in Pierce County industries, visit