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Job fair serves prospective workers and local businesses

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

With winter comes a whole slew of new job opportunities, particularly at local ski resorts.

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Sierra Human Resources Association, Saturday will host a winter job fair to assist local ski resorts, other prospective employers, and potential employees in finding the right staffing situation for winter.

The job fair most directly targets North Tahoe and Truckee residents, but is an attempt to reach a broader audience, from South Shore and Reno as well as the Bay Area, said Kathleen McAllister, the chamber director. It is a resource for anyone looking to work and live in the North Tahoe and Truckee areas.

“[The job fair] is to assist employers here in North Lake Tahoe to gain qualified employees to fulfill [their] need for operation,” McAllister said.

About 90 percent of employers have a difficult time getting people to live and work in North Lake Tahoe, McAllister said.

Meanwhile, Northstar at Tahoe always has a good number of employees, said Leia Roberts, the human resource coordinator at the resort. The resort will also be hosting its own on-site job fair the same day and will provide information at both locations on work opportunities, including everything from lift operations and ski patrol to retail managers and restaurant servers.

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Northstar participates in multiple job fairs in an effort “to get the best employees possible,” said Roberts.

Whether or not employers have an easy time staffing up for the season, the job fair is a service to businesses and potential workers alike. It’s an effort to support all local businesses, both small and large, McAllister said.

Adequate employees can be hard to come by, said Jan Colyer from the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association. Not because the employees themselves are not good, but because there simply are not enough. And certain jobs are harder to fill, she said. There seems to be a shortage of TART drivers this year, for example.

Because the cost of living is so high, and affordable housing is minimal, finding and keeping people in Tahoe can be tough, said Anna Henningsson, the property manager of Housing Connection, a local business which helps individuals and families research and find housing options.

Housing Connection, based in Tahoe City, will be on hand at the job fair this weekend to provide employees and employers with housing information. The Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association will also be available as an informational resource to explain and promote local transit options.

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce will host a winter job fair Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sierra Mountain Middle School, at 11603 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Attendees:

Alpine Meadows

California Highway Patrol

Clear Capital

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Housing Connection

Northstar-at-Tahoe

Resort at Squaw Creek

Sierra Sun

Squaw Valley Lodge/Granite Peak Management

Squaw Valley Ski Corp

Squaw Village Neighborhood Company

Tahoe Mountain Club

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Truckee North Shore Telephone Directory

Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association

Workforce Connection