Job fair season hits the Grand Strand

sjones@thesunnews.comMarch 6, 2014 

Spring hiring time has hit the Grand Strand, and while there may be a new twist here or an earlier schedule there, the thing that really matters to the unemployed is that there are jobs available.

Perhaps the newest twist to this year’s hiring season is the number of jobs that can be sought online. Food Lion, www.foodlion.com/careers, is looking for 175 mostly part-time employees in it Myrtle Beach area grocery stores, and Verizon, www.vzwcareers.com, is looking for 98 new employees statewide.

Those interested in the Food Lion jobs need to get their names into the virtual hat as soon as possible, according to company spokesman Benny Smith. The company held two in-person job fairs in Myrtle Beach this week and Smith said attendance was good.

The biggest step into virtual job searching may be the first virtual job fair at Horry Georgetown Technical College scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The virtual job fair allows seekers to connect with employers online. Regular job fairs will also be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at either the Conway, Myrtle Beach or Georgetown campuses for one day at each location.

Kenyatta Gracy, a career resource work study specialist at HGTC, said the virtual fair will include questions and answers as well as chat sessions. She said those who are interested in talking directly with a potential employer can arrange a face-to-face interview online.

The list of job fairs includes:

•  Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., NAACP Job and Resource Fair, Canal Street Recreation Center, Myrtle Beach. Participating companies include BB&T, Bank of America, Aflac, Coastal Carolina University, Century 21 and others, according to the association. Job seekers are advised to bring a typed resume if they have one.

•  Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Myrtle Beach castle, 2904 Fantasy Way in Fantasy Harbour off U.S. 501. Jobs are open in all departments, according to the company. Applicants should bring a current resume and there will be interviews with department managers.

•  Tuesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., www.facebook.com/HGTCCareers. Traditional HGTC job fairs are set for the same hours at Building 1100 on the Conway campus Tuesday, Speir Building 1000 and Building 200 on the Grand Strand campus on Wednesday and at Building 100 on the Georgetown Campus Thursday.

The Tuesday fair will focus on students who have majored in business, hospitality/tourism, digital arts, early care and education, engineering, information technology, HVAC, golf and sports turf management, cosmetology, automated office technology/medical administrative, criminal justice, radiologic technology, culinary, associate in arts and associate in science.

The Wednesday fair will focus on those who have majored in nursing, billing and coding, HIM, cosmetology, esthetics and nail techs, massage therapy, dental hygiene, surgical technology, pharmacy technician, PTA, EMT/fire science, culinary, paralegal, associate in arts and associate in science.

The Thursday fair will focus on majors in forestry and wildlife, surgical technology, radiological technology, nursing, business, hospitality/tourism, human services, early child development, associate in arts and associate in science.

Rob Salvino, an economist at Coastal Carolina University, said the plethora of job fairs can’t be linked to an improvement in the economy. He said that while the average number of people employed along the Grand Strand has increased by 2,000 this year versus last year, there has at the same time been a nationwide stagnation or reversal in the growth of the workforce.

Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.

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