Long lines for face time with employers
An estimated 5,000 job seekers swarmed several dozen employers at a job fair Tuesday at the Tucson Convention Center.
One of them was Warren Fayuant, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, who said he’s willing to take “really anything at this point.”
His job gathering data for a political pollster ended two months ago and he has used Craigslist, Pima County jobs programs and computers at a public library to search for work.
“I don’t feel bad I don’t have a job yet,” he said. “I apply wherever I can.”
Job hunters snaked through long lines at the TCC. Some gave up, muttering about going home to apply online. Others toughed it out.
Men in suits lined up next to others wearing baseball hats backward. Women in heels stood next to those in slacks. At least one woman was pushing a stroller.
The Tohono O’odham Nation’s two Desert Diamond casinos were among the employers at the fair.
“We’ve been bombarded with people, dozens at a time,” said Jessica Kavathas, a human resources recruiter for jobs at the casinos.
She said there are about 24 openings for cooks, dishwashers, servers and a “back of the house” supervisor in the kitchen.
Cook pay starts at $13 an hour and servers get $6 an hour plus tips, she said.
More than 200 people took her business card and said they would apply online. About six appeared to have what it takes to make the cut, said John Cahill, the executive sous chef.
SouthEastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services, a mental health provider, has openings in cities and towns from Clifton and Safford south to Douglas, Willcox, Sierra Vista and Nogales.
The 35 openings require a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work or psychology, said Clair Horton, a human resources worker for the agency.
Some job seekers she spoke with Tuesday said they weren’t willing to relocate or commute.
The U.S. Navy was looking for potential reservists at the job fair.
Recruiter Bryan S. Harp said he was authorized to hire two reservists a month. The job pays $250 to $300 a month for two days a month plus two weeks a year.
The job comes with health benefits and access to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and its well-stocked commissary.
Harp said he got “about 60 really good leads,” men between 25 and 35, from the job fair.
Cyracom, which sells “transparent language services” – interpreters – to hospitals and other businesses, will hire 200 people in the Tucson area in the next couple of months, said Susan Sweeney, the company’s chief financial officer.
It is looking mostly for Spanish speakers here, along with Korean and Russian speakers.
The jobs start at $10 an hour, with benefits after 90 days and a free lunch once a week. To apply, go to Cyracom.com.
Also, the new Target.com Fulfillment Center is set to start shipping Internet orders from a warehouse on the Southeast Side in May. Wages start at $12.50 an hour and go to $14.75 after two years.
Jobing.com, the Phoenix-based Internet provider, hosted the job fair
From November to December, the Tucson area lost 1,000 jobs. Since December 2007, the Tucson metro area has lost 15,700 jobs.
Citizen Staff Writer Ryn Gargulinski contributed to this article.
NEXT JOB FAIR
A career fair is scheduled March 18 at the University of Phoenix, 300 S. Craycroft Road. For more information, contact Jason Webb at 573-4377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.