Job fair to offer 25 new hotel positions

First Posted: 11/1/2009

The planned December opening of a new Holiday Inn Express promises to bring up to 25 new jobs to the area, and a job fair planned for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. may be where many of those spots are filled.
Positions offered include front desk, housekeeping, laundry, breakfast host or hostess and maintenance. The four-story hotel will have 74 rooms and will open on Dec. 22, but training for those who are hired will begin after positions are filled following the job fair.
Larry Calloway, Veterans Employment consultant, and Karen McBennett, Goodwill Industries Employment specialist, both with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, are helping the new Holiday Inn Express General Manager Trudy Willard with the job fair.
The fair will be held at the Workforce Development Center in the Surry County Human Resources Building off U.S. 601 on State Street. The fair is being hosted by Surry Community College. The entrance to the job fair is on the left-hand side of the building.
Calloway said he expects hundreds of applicants to show up for the job fair. He said those who wish to apply for jobs should come in and fill out an application. Employment specialists will be on hand to help those with questions.
We are expecting a good turnout. If not, Ill be surprised. Thats why we encouraged this job fair and to do it this way, that way the hotel doesnt get bombarded with applications, Calloway said.
We are pleased to be able to provide this service. We are not just the place you come when you want to file for unemployment, Calloway said.
McBennett echoed Calloways sentiment.
We try to be an employment office, she said.
Calloway said the new jobs will be a blessing to everyone involved.
We are tickled to death to be able to help you. This will increase the tax base in the city and the county. With this hotel, more people will be encouraged to come and stay. This is a win-win situation for all of us, Calloway said.
Calloway encouraged those who have taken the hospitality course offered at Surry Community College to apply, but anyone interested in a position is welcome to apply.
Willard was the general manager of the Mount Airy Hampton Inn for 12 years. Calloway said he is pleased that a local person was selected for the position.
The new hotel will include an indoor pool, a fitness center, a business center, a conference room and a large breakfast area.
For more information about the job fair, contact the N.C. Employment Security Commission at 786-4169.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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