Workforce Wednesday: Seasonal jobs still available
As the state of Alaska approaches the heart of its summer, seasonal employers continue to search for qualified job candidates.
On this Workforce Wednesday, Demetria Veasy with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development stopped by Daybreak.
Veasy is a manager at the Midtown Job Center in Anchorage. The center is one of 15 spread throughout the state acting as a resource to Alaskan job seekers.
"We are just there to help Alaskans get back to work," Veasy said. "Each job center has a resource room, free resources available to the public to come in and look for jobs on computers and we have printers, etcetera."
It's a one-stop-shop for job seekers as well as employers. Veasy says some pretty large seafood companies are still staffing seasonal jobs, and the overtime hours are aplenty and an Alaskan hire is always first.
"They can expect to work in some of the rural areas of Alaska, just processing seafood, working on the line and cutting fish and processing it," Veasy explained.
If you're looking for something a little closer to home, Veasy says you have options, especially with tourism season in full swing.
"Holland America is always looking for people," said Veasy. "BAC Transportation is looking for chauffeur drivers, Wal-Mart, still looking for a lot of people. They will be at the job center Monday doing a huge recruitment. From what I understand, they're looking for 120 employees right now."
With many opportunities for work in Alaska, Veasy says to not get upset if your job search hasn't been fruitful.
"It can be frustrating at times, but that's where you come to the job center and you allow our specialists to help you," Veasy said. "We have workshops for resume writing, interview skills, mock interviews with people to help them brush up on your interviewing skills, and give good advice on how to answer those questions, how to be presentable for an interview."
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