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Two Job Fairs Planned in Sevier County as Employers Struggle to Find Workers

Two Job Fairs Planned in Sevier County as Employers Struggle to Find Workers

Local employers will be looking to fill full-time and part-time positions at two Sevier County job fairs being held in July.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Sevier County; cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg; and the Sevier County Economic Development Council are hosting two job fairs to help local employers connect with potential employees. The first will be held 9 a.m. ­– 2 p.m. on July 20, 2017 at Smokies Stadium, 3540 Line Drive in Kodak. The second is scheduled for 9 a.m. ­– 2 p.m. on July 25, 2017 at Rocky Top Sports World, 1870 Sports World Boulevard in Gatlinburg. Attendance is free for job seekers.

Organizers recommend that job seekers bring copies of their resume. A copier will be available if they need additional copies. A Tennessee Career Coach will be on site to assist with writing a resume and to share tips on how to interview with a potential employer.

According to Allen Newton, executive director of the Sevier County Economic Development Council, the unemployment rate has fallen below 3% in Sevier County and businesses are struggling to find quality employees. The organization is also advertising the job fairs in Knox, Jefferson and Cocke counties in hopes to attract enough applicants to fill the labor demand.

“Many employers are starting to think outside of the box to try and solve this problem,” Newton says. “Several of you that I have talked with are doing a ‘Job Share’ concept. This means that two separately owned businesses are working together to provide hours to an employee at both businesses. This allows the employee to get at least 40 hours a week. If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact me. We would be happy to put businesses together in booths side by side at the job fair if you are willing to work together on scheduling part-time employees for a combined 40 hours per week.”

The deadline for businesses to register for both job fairs is Friday, July 14 and the cost is $75 for participation in one job fair or $100 to participate in both. Call (865) 428-2212 for more information or visit www.seviercountyjobs.org for a registration form.

Businesses are encouraged to list their jobs for free on www.seviercountyjobs.org, where job seekers can browse and apply for jobs online.

About Candice Fitzgibbons

I am a Sevier County resident and active in my local community. I’ve spent more than 20 years as a graphic designer and copywriter, creating marketing materials to help small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations achieve their goals. I have a passion for equality, the environment and animal rights.

3 comments

  1. Exactly!!! Theese people are trying to find ways around paying decent employees the insurance and only working them 20-25 hours a week! Bi-weekly at that!!!!??You greedy people are not helping anyone but your managers and corporate executives….. That is a shame!!!!

  2. More and more businesses are being built along with established business that can’t find enough workers to work the hours needed to run the business and little to no places to rent for us workers. And since the fires, housing is a huge issue. Then the rent is high and with the low wages. Yes, there are plenty of jobs here, but pay is low, most of the jobs are part time and few places to live here thats afordable. There is a big issue…

  3. This is just a way not to pay insurance and other benefits by just having part time workers. And you wonder why you can’t find help.