Where Seattle workers can find job and employment resources

Let’s boost the fruits of your labor.

A view of the Amazon spheres and Amazon's primary corporate headquarters in Seattle on Terry Avenue.

Amazon’s campus is filling with more workers after a newly implemented in-person work policy.

Photo by SEAtoday staff

In Labor Day weekend spirit, we’ve been breaking a sweat to exploring the ways our city supports local workers.

Whether you’re an independent contractor, a company employee, a job hunter, or run a small biz, the city has many essential resources worth a look. Let’s dive in.

For job seekers

Work-Source Seattle-King County provides online job-seeking advice, career coaching, and tech training. It also hosts in-person hiring events and virtual workshops like a resume lab.

The Seattle Jobs Initiatives also has career-driven programs for folks who want to break into industries like healthcare, logistics, and even maritime — in case watching “Deadliest Catch” inspired you.

For worker bees

If you have a gig already, get acquainted with Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards, which establishes worker protections. Four ordinances apply to all city employers — keep them bookmarked.

  • Paid Sick and Safe Time requires employers to provide paid leave for either critical safety issues or a personal or family member’s medical condition.
  • Fair Chance Employment limits how employers can use conviction + arrest records when considering hires.
  • The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets (you guessed it) minimum wages for Seattle. The number is currently at $18.69 per hour for companies that have 501+ employees and $16.50-$18.69 for smaller employers.
  • The Wage Theft Ordinance allows OLS to investigate complaints of nonpayment of wages, tips, and other compensations — along with setting certain wage disclosure requirements.

For employers

All of the above are good resources to keep in mind if you have employees. In fact, there are pre-recorded webinars for those that need a refresher on the latest rules.

Be sure to check out the Office of Economic Development, which has a whole crew of small business advocates at your service. You can also read through a free handbook before getting started with that million dollar idea. Good luck.