CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 40 companies from the local restaurant and hospitality industry will attend the restaurant and food industry career fair at the Omni Hotel on Wednesday, which is hosted by Coastal Elbow Workforce Solutions.
“If you are looking for a job in the food or restaurant industry, do not hesitate. It’s a great opportunity to network with local employers, ”said Xena Mercado, communications manager at Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend.
Mercado said the companies would be looking to fill around 300 jobs in total, with more than just service positions. Companies will also seek to fill managerial positions, human resources positions, etc.
“This is a great opportunity for businesses and job seekers. Restaurants need help and people are looking for work, so we’re trying to make that connection, ”she said.
The exchange is one of the companies that will be present on Wednesday. Chef Tony Nichols looks forward to the event and the prospect of having more staff.
“Everyone is looking for people to work, in front of the house, behind the house, across the service industry,” Nichols said. “There are jobs all over this city in this industry, people are just begging people to come and work for them.”
House of the Rock is another local business that will be present. Casey Lain, owner and operator of House of Rock, said the company was able to retain much of its staff during the pandemic, but struggled to fill vacancies.
“Over time you lose people and replacing them has become more difficult. It’s all coming back online, add that to a booming tourist season. Our industry is a big industry, and I think there are a lot of opportunities for people out there, and just not enough people to fill the positions, ”he said.
Lain recently said that it has become increasingly difficult to find people who want to work in the industry.
“I’ve been in this business all my life, and things have been tough the last few months. We’re starting to get more applicants and things are starting to improve a bit, but I think there are a lot of people in our industry who left during COVID and found new jobs, and might not come back ” , did he declare. .
Nichols said The Exchange will look to fill vacancies in the kitchen, bar and on-call staff. He said turnover is normally high in the industry, but COVID-19 has made it harder for restaurants, bars and hotels.
Now that things are starting to open up and more people are visiting bars and restaurants, understaffing is becoming more of a problem.
“People are coming back, and people want to have fun and have fun and eat out, and there aren’t enough people to work. So for us to get back to normal, we need the full capacity of our staff, as well as everyone around town, ”Nichols said.
Worforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend asks people to pre-register for the event on their website.
Here is a full list of companies that will be attending Wednesday’s job fair:
Center of life supported by the State CC
City of CC – Parks and Recreation
Town and country restaurant
Vick’s famous burgers
Senior Citizens Residence Brookdale CC
The Geo Group
The house of rock
Jack in the box
Chartwell.Compass Group (TAMU CC Dining Room)
Ambridge Hospitality (Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, County Inn & Suites and HamptonInn)
Aramark / Whataburger Field
Head of Price
Tannins Wine & Tapas Bar
Texas State Aquarium
Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation (information stand, located in the foyer)
Rob Flores (The Bar and Grill, Mudd Bugs, Rock and Roll Sushi)
Coastal Elbow Workforce Solutions
Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend – Child Care Services
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi Ice Cream
Mail at Lamar Park
Corpus Christi Bar & Grill