“8,000 new jobs available this week, in Seattle”, boasts a job searching website at the moment of this writing.
And if you visit the Seattle.gov site, you are confronted with the same spirit: “Build your career with City of Seattle employment”, says the site.
In fact, the City of Seattle offers a large array of public sector careers in their many operating departments and, according to their own words, competitive pay and benefits packages and generous leave programs.
Greater Seattle job opportunities
Seattle is expanding fast; there is a growing number of start-ups and new companies based on Seattle (including the Puget Sound area). Seattle is first in the rank of the best American cities to get a job.
Microsoft alone employs around 40,000 people in the Seattle area, 28,000 of whom are R&D engineers – an impressive number, but still a small fraction of a much wider reality.
Anyway, the present prosperity and the many job opportunities in the region, are largely due to Microsoft. By the time the company moved to the Redmond area, Seattle was a depressed city, with very few jobs to offer. And it was the huge number of engineers and high-tech personal associated with the firm (in the mid-eighties of the last century) that explains the development that is currently taking the place (and those of the last decades).
Microsoft did not directly help many other companies to base their activity in Seattle, but its presence triggered the creation of hundreds of start-ups and other companies. The high-tech cluster induced by the company, and the amazing number of indirect jobs sustained by that cluster, is largely a result of the relocation of Microsoft to Redmond.
Amazon illustrates this very fact. Amazon has based its activity in Seattle because Microsoft was in the region, or rather, because many software programmers and venture capital firms were concentrated there.
Expedia, RealNetworks, and thousands of new businesses have spun directly or indirectly out of Microsoft.
Anyway, whatever the reasons, the multiplier effects of the software cluster based in the Greater Seattle are still working and creating jobs – well beyond the software sector.
Applying to waiters, drivers and other “unskilled” jobs in Seattle
The number of jobs created for service workers with limited education (taxi drivers, carpenters, real estate agents…) or with college or advanced degrees (architects, lawyers, teachers, doctors and so on) is also soaring.
That’s a rule. For each high-tech job created in a city, several other additional jobs are created outside the high-tech sector: lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, waiters, stylists, hairdressers and so on…
So, if you are looking for unskilled and low tech-jobs, Seattle offers plenty of opportunities.
List of the main companies based in Seattle & Type of job opportunities
There are many large and well-known companies in Seattle, and Wikipedia lists many of them here.
If you are looking for jobs in a specific sector – Internet, retail, law, insurance, healthcare… – consider the companies in the sector you are interested in; most of the listed companies are probably recruiting professionals, and you can apply at their site, or by following their instructions. It may be tedious to analyze the offer of a significant number of companies, but it’s worthwhile.
How to find jobs in Seattle
For public sector jobs (in the City of Seattle) take a look at this page of Seattle.gov.
For other jobs you may 1) follow the clues mentioned earlier or 2) use the tools and the possibilities offered by job search sites (Indeed, Graiglist, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, Linkedin, Monster) or 3) contact a local-Seattle job-career company.