H Hotel hosting career fair to bring staff back to pre-pandemic levels


While the COVID-19 pandemic still hangs over the hospitality and service industries, places like Hotel H are trying to bring their staff back to pre-pandemic levels.

On April 13, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the H Hotel in Midland will host a job fair in the hotel’s ballroom to present its vacancies to potential candidates. It comes after the hotel started hiring again after almost a year of not hiring anyone.

“In general, our pool of candidates is quite fluid,” said Director of Human Resources Melissa Damore. “Before the pandemic, we only had a few fairly difficult positions to fill. But during the pandemic, we did not do any hiring for the whole of 2020. “

Last year, like many businesses, was not an easy one for the H Hotel. The hotel did not do any hiring from February 2020 until the end of March of this year, she said. The hiring was cut short because the hotel and its two restaurants just didn’t have the hours to come up with potential hires and the hotel wanted to make sure the current employee was given all available hours.

The hotel has also had to make layoffs and time off based on six-month projections in 2020, Damore said. If the hotel knew that the employees weren’t going to work beyond the six-month period, the hotel decided to either move them to different departments or put them on leave.

Hotel H is not alone. According to a December Press release of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, 63% of hotels have less than half of their typical staff working full time. On top of that, 52% of hotel owners said they were in danger of foreclosure.

The H Hotel career fair will focus on available part-time and full-time jobs and attempt to bring staff levels back to pre-pandemic levels, Damore said. The jobs offered will be both seasonal and permanent positions, focused primarily on restaurant work. However, the hotel has room attendant and receptionist positions open, Damore said.

“(People) should attend the career fair so they can come and see what the H is and understand what a great work environment we provide for people,” Damore said.

H Hotel is not the only one to want to recruit staff

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 20, the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant will be hosting its own Career Fair, focused on seasonal staff openings for the Summer Concert Series. of the complex. Open positions range from crowd control to bartenders, ushers and waiters, according to a press release from Soaring Eagle.

Jobs have no pre-employment costs, apart from gaming license requirements. Anyone interested in applying must be 18 years of age or older and show up with two pieces of ID, one of which has a photo.

For Hotel H, however, business could pick up. Damore said the hotel had hired nine people since March 24 and brought back some of their time off from the hotel since certain restrictions were lifted.


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