Employment In Tacoma

Tacoma is known as the “City of Destiny”. Fulfilling that expectation is a tall order when it comes to finding your dream job. And, depending on your skill set and the industry that you want to work in, that is either an apt description of the opportunities available to you, or it can be a bit of a letdown.

If you work in the tech industry, corporate administration, banking, insurance or are looking to join a startup, Tacoma can be a great place to find work. Similarly, having the Tacoma Mall centrally located provides decent customer service jobs as well.

But Tacoma is a patchwork city… some parts are thriving and others are really run down. The best advice we can give is to always try to visit the location of a potential employer. Phone interviews are great, but you’ll want to check out parking, transportation and then general location of your potential future employer before signing on. Not all part of Tacoma were created equally and finding a job that you want to stay at for the long term will require feeling comfortable in the neighborhood your work in.

Finding Work in Tacoma

Tacoma is a bustling city that houses all the major industries of an urban area. One thing that stands out in Tacoma is the restaurant and bar scene. Becoming a regular patron at a local establishment can quickly lead to not only getting a feel for the community, but also meeting people who can help you in your quest to find employment in Tacoma.

Researching Employment Options

One of the best ways to do research on places to work in Tacoma is to take a look at the following 5 websites.

Recommended Research Websites:

  • Indeed – If you’re looking for open positions in the area Indeed.com is my best suggestion for seeing the best current offers in the Gig Harbor job market. My recommendation is to post your resume immediately and then check in every week or so to see if there are new listings. Posting your resume allows employers to find you via Indeed’s formidable matching algorithms.
  • Yelp – Yelp is a great way to sort by business type and to see customer reviews of these establishments. You do have to take some of these reviews with a grain of salt, but they can give you a general sense of what clients think of these businesses.
  • Glassdoor – Glassdoor gives you an inside look at previous employee’s experiences, salary estimates, open positions and more. Again, take employee reviews with a grain of salt (if you’ve ever been fired, you know what the urge to rant and rail against your previous employer feels like). Glassdoor is one of my top recommendations for employment research.
  • LinkedIn – This social network has been around for a while now and it can be a great way to do research on a business or to connect with current employees. Using their Advanced Search feature can be a great way to narrow down results to just the pertinent businesses that make sense for your situation.
  • Craigslist – This website has lost some credibility in the last few years, but it can still be a remarkably good place to find employment, especially in service-based industries. You’ll have to wade through a bit more clutter while sorting through positions, but it still has a large user base of employers and is worth giving a try if the other sites come up empty.