With the Myrtle Beach area gearing up for the spring and summer seasons, there are many opportunities locally for natives, locals and visitors to find a job. Whether someone is searching online or in person, job seekers have multiple opportunities from job fairs to websites to find the work that they need.
Late February and early March is the time across the Myrtle Beach area when businesses, especially those related to the tourism and hospitality industries, ramp up hiring for the busy summer season.
So, you’re probably wondering now, how does someone start a job search locally?
First of all, make sure your resume is ready to go. If you need help doing this, there are resources available on the local chamber of commerce website.
“We provide links to a number of different agencies such as SC Works, which can provide job seekers information on everything from resume building to wage data,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
Or, job seekers can check to see if a local workshop is available.
“In our North Myrtle Beach programming, we conduct workshops and seminars as needed to aid in resume building techniques,” said George DuRant, vice president of Tourism and Development at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.
If you’re ready to start looking for a job locally, the best resources are also available on the local chamber of commerce website.
“Job openings and job fairs that our members publish are posted to our chamber website,” said Dean. “There are also listings for internships, continuing education and others. And that just scratches the surface of what job seekers can find in the Myrtle Beach area.”
If you’re looking for a hands-on approach during your job hunt, check out one of the local job fairs hosted in the area, or stop by a visitors center.
“We have had 92,000 business referrals over the past few years,” said DuRant. “We also conduct job fairs. We co-sponsor these with the Myrtle Beach Mall, SC Works, SC DSS and Goodwill. We find this this to be an excellent method to connect employer and employee.”
If you can’t make it out to a job fair, there are multiple other methods for finding a job in the Myrtle Beach area.
Try LinkedIn. After setting up a profile which includes work history, educational background, and contact information, job seekers and professionals alike are able to connect with people in their immediate area and professional field. These connections can post online recommendations, and endorse skills. Additionally, there are resume posting sites such as monster.com, indeed.com, ZipRecruiter.com, and glassdoor.com.
The LinkedIn Jobs app is available for iPhones, and will connect directly with your LinkedIn Profile. The app allows you to save jobs, and apply for jobs in one click.
Likewise, there’s also the Zip Recruiter app, available for iPhone and Android devices, that will connect to the online Zip Recruiter profile, allow someone to save jobs, and apply for some jobs in just one tap of the finger. Both of these apps allow job seekers to save searches if you’re looking for work in a specific field or specific area.
Murrells Inlet resident Julie Pinckney said she’s found job leads from multiple sources.
“I’ve found job listings lots of places – Craigslist, Careerbuilder, Miller Motte job source, Internet newspapers, TV station websites, and just plain word of mouth.”
Perhaps it goes without saying that the tourism industry is your biggest, and best, bet for jobs in the Myrtle Beach area. This includes the hospitality industry.
“Tourism is our biggest economic driving force, and there are a wealth of quality jobs found within that industry,” said Dean.
“The food industry pays pretty well as long as you’re patient. The hotels are great in the summer,” said David Weber, Coastal Carolina graduate student and teaching assistant in the Masters of Art in Writing program.
If tourism isn’t something someone is interested, there are other options, too.
“We have a thriving health care industry off Highway 9,” said DuRant, “And also a thriving light and technology industry as well.”
Whatever someone seeks out in this area, there are options and opportunities available.