By Don Nelson

TwispWorks is teaming up with Room One, Methow Valley Long Term Recovery and WorkSource Okanogan to offer a series of free workshops for job-seekers beginning next week.

The workshops will be on Oct. 5, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 at the Gateway Building on the TwispWorks campus, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. each day. A light dinner and child care will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required by calling TwispWorks’ Economic Development Coordinator Hannah McIntosh at 997-3300 or emailing

The workshop topics are:

• Skills and abilities analysis on Oct. 5.

• Resume and cover letter writing on Oct. 19.

• Interviewing techniques on Nov. 2.

McIntosh said the workshops program grew out of her efforts to develop an understanding of the local economy and how to best support it. Since she was hired last summer, she has been interviewing local business owners, employers and civic leaders to gather their ideas about local economic challenges.

She noted that four industry groups — arts, entertainment and recreation; retail trade; construction; and agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining – provide about 45 percent of the jobs held by valley residents.

“One thing all these industries have in common is a strong seasonal pattern to employment in them,” McIntosh said in an email. “This is particularly true in our community, where tourism drives much of our retail and entertainment/recreation economy. Fall and spring are often difficult times for people working in these fields, as they are subject to seasonal layoffs.”

McIntosh said the job-seeker workshops are timed to help workers make the seasonal transition.

“The workshops will provide a chance for job-seekers to re-evaluate how they can package their skills and experience, polish their resumes and get practice with difficult interview questions,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh has more than 15 years of experience in major project management, community development, transportation planning and public policy. Most recently, she led the development of a 10-year strategic plan for Seattle transportation, and was involved in the successful passage of the largest transportation funding measure in Seattle history in her role as chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation.