Need a job? Huge hiring events are taking place in South Florida
HIALEAH, Florida – With enhanced unemployment benefits coming to an end and amid a staff shortage across all sectors, one of the largest in-person job fairs of its kind was held on the Miami Dade’s Hialeah campus on Wednesday Middle School.
The fair, open until 8 p.m., illustrated how the demand for workers is so high that employers are now launching job seekers.
“We know a lot of people have suffered from the pandemic and lost their jobs, and we wanted to make sure that we had a job fair that was open to the whole community, not just our students,” said Anthony Cruz, president of the MDC Hialeah campus. “This event kind of sets it back, hey, we’re trying to get back to normal.”
Over 60 employers provided hundreds of jobs in a wide variety of industries.
Medical assistants, care managers, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, warehouse stations, commercial drivers.
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Registered nurse Loudjina Duverna is currently employed, but has come to see what other hospitals in the area are offering as they recruit for these positions.
“I really like the face-to-face,” she says.
It comes at an important time as the country pulls out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve had a lot of vacancies, but now we’re in a recovery phase and we have people looking for work and we’re here to make sure everyone has a job,” said Shalanda Thomas, specialist in talent acquisition at Pollo Tropical.
And in this rehiring push, “they’re even accepting applications on the spot,” said Cruz.
Job seeker Juliesky Rivera is in full-time school on the MDC Kendall campus, but was there on Wednesday to start finding full-time employment for graduation in the coming months.
“They just interviewed me like two jobs already,” she said.
Some candidates are hired locally. Thomas added three people who were due to start later Wednesday afternoon, heading to restaurants where managers were waiting for them.
And this strong demand for workers pushes employers to propose candidates with their advantages.
“People are looking for flexible hours as well as salaries,” said Alexis Osorio, general manager of Kush Hialeah. “Work-life balance is important for people returning to work. They are happy to return to work and we are happy to have them.
Cynthia Bowles is the first female owner / operator of a Chick-fil-A in a Miami market and says of the employees, “I think they are looking for value from us.
“Can we get to where they feel they’re going to get a great value proposition for their time and for their talent?
She said that job seekers who return to the labor market seek competitive wages, flexible hours to care for children and in other cases older parents, benefits such as childcare allowances. health, health coverage and reimbursement of tuition fees and organic growth opportunities.
“People want to work, but they also want to see what we have to offer as an employer,” Bowles said.
Economists continue to say that one of the biggest barriers to returning to work remains the lack of affordable child care.
Grant Thornton’s chief economist Diane Swonk argued the country needs better childcare options, “especially for low-wage households,” adding that “the pandemic has laid bare the we have huge gaps in child care in this country. The labor force participation rate for women was increasing before the pandemic, but still below the peak reached in 1999. “
Mega South Florida Career Fair: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BB&T Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise). Jobs available in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach counties. For more information on which companies are hiring and to pre-register, click here.
Miami-Dade Career Fair: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miami-Dade Water and Sewer 1st Floor Breezeway (3071 SW 38 Avenue). Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade County invite all residents seeking career opportunities in county government. Job seekers are encouraged to bring an up-to-date resume. Find out about current vacancies at miamimidade.gov/jobs.
Frequently Asked Community Resources: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ronselli Park (250 SW 114th Ave., Sweetwater). Residents can meet with representatives from Miami-Dade County departments and learn about employment opportunities offered by the county, in addition to county services and programs.
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