Hospitality job fair at the municipal arena Thursday

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – About 50 employers in the restaurant and hotel sectors participate in a job fair Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri.

The fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Arena, 301 West 13th Street. It is free for everyone to attend. Restaurants, hotels, casinos and museums will be among the participants.

“It’s been a tough year and everyone is in transition,” said Bill Teel, executive director of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association.

Teel said restaurants and hotels across town have jobs for cooks, waiters, front desk, maintenance, management and more.

The West Plaza Bar is a restaurant looking for new employees. Waiter Dreyah Cushman said it was difficult to find new employees because changes in COVID-19 restrictions mainly allowed restaurants to reopen to pre-pandemic capacities.

“We have a lot of people coming in and applying, but then they don’t show up, which is very sad,” Cushman said. “Other times, we have people come, they do the maintenance and then they tell us directly that they are only there to meet the requirement. [to qualify] for unemployment [benefits].

“So that hurts us a little bit, and we were like, ‘OK, you’ve kind of wasted our time. “We could have brought in real candidates to take this place for an interview, and we must have wasted that time. So there’s just a mixture of things going on.”

Job seekers should bring multiple copies of their resumes to the job fair.

Teel said Heart to Heart International will be on hand throughout the event to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Rebound Kansas City is our effort to help subway residents play a role in the advancement of our community. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas via email to [email protected] and invite you to join the conversation on the Facebook group Rebound KC.

Whether you are returning to work after a layoff, need help making ends meet during these tough times, or need advice on dealing with the pressure we all feel, The Rebound has resources. to find help. We’ll also make sure local leaders do what’s right to get Kansas City back on track after a three-month hiatus.

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