From Napa Valley Register: Napa hospitality businesses collaborate in new ways to find workers

Hospitality businesses in Napa are teaming up in creative ways to recruit new employees to an industry it says is desperate for workers.

This Tuesday, a number of local companies are participating in the Napa Hospitality & Restaurant Career & Opportunity Fair to raise awareness of hospitality career growth opportunities in the region and to hire for a wide range of open positions.

Jobs in Napa county’s lodging and restaurant industry have expanded by nearly 40 percent over the last five years, and growth is expected to continue as more hotels and restaurants open for business this year, sponsors said.

Meanwhile, Napa’s overall labor force has grown by only 6.4 percent. Rapid growth, coupled with high cost of living and transportation issues in the area, have made it difficult for businesses to find the workers they need.

This workforce shortage has driven hospitality businesses to work together to recruit workers collaboratively and raise awareness of career growth opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Napa’s Career & Opportunity Fair combines a traditional job fair (employer booths and on-site interviews) with additional services for job seekers, including information about hospitality career growth opportunities, resume review, coaching on interviews, Spanish-language support, and information about continuing education offerings in the region.

Tuesday’s fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Workforce Napa, 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Napa, Building A.

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