Point Pleasant Chamber hosts first annual job fair

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The Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce presented its first annual job fair at Riverfront Park Saturday. More than a dozen local businesses and eateries sought applicants for a variety of positions. [KAYLA MARSH/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce held its first annual job fair at Riverfront Park on Saturday morning, with more than a dozen local businesses and eateries seeking applicants for a variety of positions.

“We have a lot of local businesses here and they have been struggling and are looking for people to hire, so we thought what better way to utilize beautiful Riverfront Park than to host a job fair for our local businesses,” Executive Director Gloria DeFalco told The Ocean Star.

“Everybody is spread apart, so there is plenty of room to social distance. It is a one-stop shop: anyone can come and there is a big variety of jobs here. We hope to do this every year, especially before the summer, because a lot of businesses do look for the summer help.”  

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Businesses taking part in the April 17 event included Stop & Shop, Wharfside Restaurant, Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty, Complete Care at Laurelton, The Beanery, Shore Fresh Seafood, Rita’s Italian Ice, Lovelandtown Grocery and Provisions, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Lenny’s Colonial Ranch Market, Artis Senior Living, Red’s Lobster Pot, Bay Head Landscaping, Clarks Landing, Kneaded by Lady J and The Cleaning Diva. 

From 9 a.m. to noon, the local businesses spoke to a number of applicants about the positions they were seeking to hire for, such as servers, bussers, cooks, dishwashers, fishmongers, certified nursing assistant, assistant manager, bakery assistant and more.

“The chamber sent out an email to all the members and it seems like a lot of local businesses, not just us, are really struggling to find help this season, so we are just trying to really get some people into our field,” said Abby Daw, of Bay Head Landscaping.

“It is a great company to work for. We have been around for close to 40 years and it is family owned and operated, so we are really just trying to maybe find some younger kids ready to start a job and start out somewhere.

“We had a few applications and a few kids came out, so all in all, it has been a good morning and it is nice to be able to … say ‘hi’ to everybody. It is a good starting job and there are ways to work up and really learn more about the field. It is not just cutting grass and planting flowers; there is a lot that goes into it so we are hoping to find some more people to join our family.”

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