Help Wanted

A Nevada credit union offers tangible support to members, businesses, and its community.


How often do credit unions have the opportunity to put job seekers in touch with several employers with jobs to offer? In March, WestStar Credit Union ($135.7M, Las Vegas, NV) organized a “Find a Job in Gaming” fair for its Northern Nevada region. Twenty-three booths were filled with area businesses looking to fill more than 1,000 jobs. Considering Nevada’s unemployment topped 13% in February, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the job fair is well-timed, indeed.

“What makes this job fair different from any other job fair out there is that every single booth here has jobs,” Mona Joseph of WestStar Credit Union told KOLO 8. “We have several people who walked out of here with jobs today. There are several companies hiring on the spot.” (click here for KOLO 8’s job fair video coverage)

Although the credit union wasn’t hiring, that didn’t stop it from stepping in to help connect those that needed work with those that needed workers. What better way to demonstrate the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” And the goodwill garnered from local media coverage goes a long way in establishing the credit union as a pillar of the community, regardless of membership parameters. What opportunities to help workers of all job classifications exist in your market? What can you do to ease the burden of employment in your area? Efforts ranging from organizing job fairs to posting openings on lobby boards to just asking struggling members how they are, shows the credit union — far from being just another financial intuition — is in touch with its members.


April 7, 2011

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  • Although our CU is much smaller, we have also created a job connection for members. We have job opening info in our lobby and an email "tree" where we are sending members updates to local job fairs and openings. One member has connected us with a employement organization and in additional to job openings they offer free resource assistance for resume writing, networking and more! So members helping members is working too!
    Kathleen Quinn