Seattle is one of those cities that attract college grads like moths to the flame. It's not the rain that draws them in (though Seattle is well known for being rainy). Seattle has a reputation for being a home to coffee (Starbucks hometown), Grunge (many grunge bands in the 90's originated from the region) and nature since mountains abound around Seattle.
Seattle is also known for big business. Consider that a number of the country's top Fortune 500 companies are located in and around Seattle. Starbucks aside the list includes companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Costco and Paccar.
There's a lot of business growth in Seattle actually, making it an ideal place to land that first big gig out of college. According to the Seattle Department of Economic Development, key industries in the region seeing consistent growth include:
• Manufacturing • Maritime • Life Science • Information and Communications Technology • Healthcare • Clean Technology • Film and Music
So how do you get in?
Get Your Foot in the Door
Whether you're considering a move to Seattle or you're already a resident, the key thing as a college grad is getting your foot in the door locally... in any job. It's critical to get a job as quickly as possible to avoid gaps in your resume. Consider it a stepping stone into your industry of choice.
Know the Demand
Each region in the U.S. has a growing demand for specific roles based on key industries in the area. If you're considering Seattle for a career, pay attention to job demand in the region so you can strike when the iron is hot. For example, in 2012 software engineer was the #1 in-demand job in Seattle followed closely by a number of healthcare related jobs.
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