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Local businesses looking for hospitality workers at job fairs

Local businesses looking for hospitality workers at job fairs // WSBT 22 photo

Do you have a knack for customer service?

There are local companies looking for you.

Lake Michigan College is hosting a hospitality job fair where employers are looking to fill over 600 jobs.

Hospitality has been a growing field.

In Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties hospitality has become the second largest sector, employing more than 11,000 people and it's only expected to grow.

Walk in with a resume and potentially walk out with a new job.

Nearly 50 companies are set up looking to hire.

The hospitality fair is open to anyone, from high school kids looking for a summer job to someone looking for a new career.

“I need a job for summer and I just want to see what options they had. This is like a really quick and easy way to pick up applications and meet some people,” said Sara Crossman, High school student.

Several big name companies like Four Winds Casino and Fairfield Hotel have openings.

Berrien County's Business Account Manager says there is something for everyone.

“It's a really good range of companies, whether it's restaurant, hotel, golf course, customer service. And then also the size. So what people are interested in, if you want to work for a mom and pop store or if you want to work for a corporation and get in there. So the opportunities are here,” said Paul Brohman, Berrien County Business Account Manager.

With hospitality equaling nearly 11-percent of jobs in the three counties, Brohman says these fairs are important because the demand for workers is going to increase in the coming years.

“An expected nine-percent growth, so over the next 10 years you are looking at another 1,400 to 1,500 jobs that are going to be here. So currently it's about $303 million grossed here in the tri-county,” said Brohman.

Bill Arnold attended one of these job fairs not too long ago looking for a new career.

After making connections, he now is the General Manager of a Buffalo Wild Wings and is looking to return the favor.

“It's just what you put into it. If you really come here looking for an opportunity and you seize the moment, I think this is a great place for anyone that is looking for a gainful employment,” said Arnold.

If you missed Monday's session, you have another shot Wednesday at the Lake Michigan College campus in Niles.

That fair will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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