Ocean City Today

Weekend job fair brings employers

Ocean City welcomes those seeking seasonal, full-time positions at annual event
By Kara Hallissey | Apr 13, 2017

(April 14, 2017) There will be at least 100 employers looking to fill thousands of seasonal and full time positions throughout Ocean City at the 32nd annual job fair on Saturday. The event will be held at the convention center on 40th Street, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 “The competition is incredible for the higher paying jobs at a busy restaurant or in retail,” said Melanie Pursel, executive director for the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. “Here in Ocean City, that face-to-face for hiring is vital for our hospitality industry. You can get a jump start on the best jobs in town.”

There is no fee for job seekers to attend. Positions will be available in hospitality, stores on the Boardwalk, bars, lifeguarding, watersports, marinas, restaurants, hotels, banks, amusement parks, specialty stores, motels, staffing agencies and Ocean City Transportation, among others.

“We want people to come looking their best and prepared with a resume and pen,” Pursel said.

The Maryland Workforce Exchange and Resume Doctors will be on hand to help job seekers with resumes in addition to offering tips, training and guidelines.

There will also be free industry and job training seminars such as alcohol awareness for bartenders and servers.

Information on seasonal housing and safety in Ocean City from the beach to biking will also be available at the event.

“We need employees and a workforce to serve our guests and encourage people to come out on Saturday,” Pursel said. “There are a lot of career paths in hospitality. You could start off with a summer job in Ocean City and end up a general manager.”

The 32nd annual Ocean City Job Fair has grown from 600 attendees in 1985, to at least 2,000 expected on Saturday. About 2,900 job seekers came out in 2016, Pursel said. LaserTone Business Systems should be back to provide complimentary copies for both job seekers and prospective employers.

From 1-2 p.m., employers will hold interviews with applicants.

“It gets packed,” Pursel said. “Employers have the option to do interviews and it gives them more one-on-one time.”

Prior to the event, job seekers can visit www.oceancity.org and click on the Ocean City Job Fair graphic to find a generic job application. Organizers suggest attendees fill out job applications in advance, and make copies when they arrive to make the process run smoother.

For more information, call the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce at 410-213-0552, or visit www.oceancity.org.

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