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Summer hiring stays local

Nick CruitSierra Sun

LAKE TAHOE In years past, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort job fair would attract 50 to 60 applicants interested in seasonal summer employment, according to Rod Alford, the resorts director of human resources.Similar job fair turnouts around the lake have often left employment gaps in tourism-related businesses in Tahoe, which is why many of the local resorts turn to international employees with J1 or H-2B visas to fill those spots. But this year is different. More than 200 people were in attendance at the Hyatts job fair last weekend, according to Alford. And with approximately 50 vacant positions that needed to be filled, Alford said the Incline Village resort is sitting in a good staffing position heading in to the summer.But even before the job fairs began, the Hyatt and other employers decided not to pursue any new international employees for this summers seasonal jobs, which typically include food and beverage servers, greeters, various attendants and cooks. Were not going to be doing any international hires unless someone has worked for us previously and have already gone through the training process, said Susan Johnson, director of human resources for the Incline Village General Improvement District. We have a high unemployment rate and it just doesnt seem right to hire outside the country when so many people need jobs inside this country.IVGID, which handles filling employment positions for the Incline Village golf courses, Diamond Peak Ski Resort and parks andamp; recreation, will continue this hiring policy until further notice, according to a message to international applicants posted on the employment section of their website. Hyatt has relied on international employees in the past because they know approximately how many locals will apply ever summer. This year, they were of the persuasion that enough locals would want the seasonal positions that they would not need to rely on international employees to fill in the gaps. They were right. In the past wed bring close to 100 internationals in for a 12 week period of the summer, but this year we can fill most of those positions with locals, Alford said.Kym Fabel, manager of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, agrees hiring local is the right thing to do. These employers are really trying to work with the community, Fabel said. Its being responsible to the community.”

Sunnyside Resort in Tahoe City is getting ready to host three job fairs for their summer positions 8 to 11 a.m. on May 9, 16 and June 6.Unlike the some large employers in the area, Sunnyside does not have an international employee policy going in to the hiring season, according to their human resources assistant, Carol Pandola. We have used J1 students in the past; however, were waiting to see what kind of response we get at our job fair, Pandola said. As of now we have not hired any J1s.


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