PDX Credit Unions Unite in First-Ever Cooperative Career Fair
Portland, Ore., September 4, 2018 – While banks across the nation lay off thousands of employees under the saccharine pretense of “talent optimization,” Unitus Community Credit Union offers a distinctly different kind of “talent optimization.” They are hosting a Cooperative Career Fair, in partnership with eight other Northwest credit unions, to provide employment opportunities for hundreds of talented job seekers aiming to build a fulfilling career with valuable community impact.
The fair will take place at Unitus Plaza downtown on Friday, September 7, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Following the fun and aspirational theme, “Take this job and LOVE IT!” the fair will feature catered food from Busters BBQ, and will be deejayed live by local radio personality Jake Byron. Attendees will be invited to fill out a passport which they will receive upon entry, for the chance to win one of 10 prized gift baskets.
“This event extends the spirit of the Credit Union Movement, bringing people together to help each other build a rewarding, impactful career in financial services,” said Gayle Evans, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Unitus. “For anyone interested in new opportunities to help people and make an impact, we invite you to join us September 7.” Evans was instrumental in organizing the event, as well as Jenny Sherman, Human Resources Manager and Steve Stapp, President and CEO of Unitus.
In addition to Unitus’ own staff, eight other credit unions will send representatives to speak with job seekers: Advantis Credit Union, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, First Tech Credit Union, iQ Credit Union, Point West Credit Union, Rivermark Credit Union, SELCO Community Credit Union, and Trailhead Credit Union. Unitus also invited representatives from the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), Young Credit Union Professionals (YCUP), BankWork$, and Worksource Portland Metro to set up tables on the Plaza.
All nine credit unions will speak with job seekers about a range of positions, including backend roles in areas such as lending, credit services, member services, and administration, as well as frontline opportunities for those interested in branch and retail positions. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards as well as copies of their resumes and cover letters. Those with questions are invited to contact the event organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org.