Job Fair: Event offers wide range of opportunities
By Haley Schichtl
The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual job fair, featuring job opportunities from throughout Carroll County and beyond, Tuesday afternoon at the Berryville Community Center.
Steve Johnson, executive director at the chamber, said had more businesses participated than last year.
“We have a wide range of businesses: law enforcement, tourism, manufacturing, retail, healthcare,” Johnson said. “Berryville has a great business community that’s always looking for good employees and growing.”
Johnson said the job fair is a way the chamber can help bring employers and potential employees together and give back to the community.
“Be ready to interview, bring your resume, be ready to tell them how you can be a good fit for their business,” Johnson said. “Employers are looking for the best people that can help them grow their business.”
Brian Van Sickle and Jared Martin of the Crescent and Basin Park hotels in Eureka Springs were at the job fair looking for employees for multiple positions.
“We are hiring full-time and part-time positions for both the Crescent Hotel and Basin Park Hotel. We have entry-level hourly positions throughout both hotels — front desk, food and beverage, spa,” Van Sickle said. “We’re also hiring some administration positions in sales and accounting.”
Martin said the people who apply for these jobs need to be service-oriented, hard-working and interested in learning.
Craig Hicks and Mike Cardiel of the Berryville Police Department were also there.
“We’re looking for somebody with good morals and character,” Hicks said. “We’re very proud of our department and we have very little turnover. We offer great benefits and good pay for the area.”
Hicks said to be a police officer, applicants must be at least 21, have a high school diploma and no felony record. They also have to spend 13 weeks in a police academy.
“We want somebody that’s passionate about the field. Somebody that’s not looking for a job, but a career and a lifestyle. It’s probably the farthest thing from a regular 9-5 job. We don’t ever feel like we’re going to work at this job,” Cardiel said. “It needs to be somebody that’s more driven towards something like that.”
Carroll County Solid Waste Authority is looking to hire drivers with a commercial driver’s license.
“We are looking at hiring class A or B CDL drivers,” said operations manager George Boatright. “The requirements are to have an active CDL which means a clean driving record, and be able to lift at least 50 pounds. They will be driving and collecting.”
He said the job will be about 8 hours a day Monday through Friday.
Suzann Bradley and Cody Qualls of Mercy Hospital are looking for registered nurses and patient access representatives.
“Not a lot of certification is required for a patient access rep,” Bradley said. “They need good customer service and patient care skills.”
“It’s essentially answering the phone, greeting customers as they come in and scheduling patients,” Qualls said.
There were also other opportunities at the job fair besides employers searching for employees, such as the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.
“We are looking for volunteers as well as anyone looking to go back to school,” said outreach manager Katie Marie Glenn.
Glenn said there are many scholarships available through the program for single parents in Carroll, Madison and Washington counties. Applicants have to at least have a high school diploma or GED and cannot already have a bachelor’s degree. They must also be at or near the poverty level and want to pursue a career-oriented field of study.
To find out when the next job fair is, keep up with the Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.