About Us

We’re a trusted provider of professional staffing and recruiting services in the Puget Sound region.

Serving The Community Since 1998

West Sound Workforce is a professional placement and staffing service established in 1998 by Julie Tappero and currently owned and operated by Monica Blackwood. West Sound Workforce is a woman-owned small business certified by Washington State as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).

Our company is locally owned and connects job seekers and employers in the South Sound and Kitsap Peninsula, including Kent, Federal Way, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, and more from our Poulsbo and Gig Harbor offices.

When You Trust Your Career to West Sound Workforce, You Gain:


As an independently owned organization, we aren’t tied to rigid processes and corporate red tape often found in national chains – we can adapt our approach to your needs. We are more than a temporary staffing company. We provide a full array of staffing and recruiting services, including temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire, and HR services.

HR Expertise

All our recruiters come from an HR background, bringing extensive HR knowledge. We hold certifications, participate in related organizations,  and keep our knowledge fresh. As HR professionals, we believe in staying current on the latest standards, regulations, and laws affecting employment and being a resource for employers and job seekers in our community. We consider ourselves partners with our clients and candidates and always keep their best interests in mind. 


We find diversity in many channels. These include our partnership as a YesVets employer, our MOU with the Welcome Home Project, and our involvement in the Kitsap Supported Employment Business Advisory Committee, and are active in Vet Tribe. We have studied how verbiage choices can attract talent from different backgrounds, and we craft our job descriptions and advertisements to reflect this knowledge and meet our DE&I initiatives.

The Local Advantage

Employees Who Work Close to Home:

Businesses That Employ Local Residents Experience:


At West Sound Workforce, we believe promoting local employment for all individuals is essential for people and businesses alike, and it benefits our communities as a whole.

We Believe In:

Doing the right thing.

The employability of all individuals.

Investing locally.

Supporting minority-led businesses and organizations.