Traverse City Businesses Attract Job Applicants with Drive Up Job Fair

Since restaurants and businesses have been able to reopen, many are still looking to hire.

This has left employers to come up with new ways to find workers.

Cherry Republic says their new way of interviewing might be here to stay.

Cherry Republic held a drive up job fair on Thursday at the Traverse Area District Library.

It’s as easy as pull up, apply, and interview.

Cherry Republic Work Groups and Housing Supervisor, Leah Moskovitz, says, “We try to make it as contactless and efficient as possible. So, with the drive by job fairs this is the fifth one we’ve had right now and they’ve been pretty successful.”

Since the pandemic began, Cherry Republic says they have been struggling to keep many of their positions filled and these events have helped.

Moskovitz says, “We’re looking for staff for our Traverse City and Glen Arbor retail stores and the public house in Glen Arbor, as well.”3eb5d550 Eb97 49ed 8679 D6499e5df134

They are the only ones feeling the loss, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa says they only half of their typical staff right now.

Public Relations Manager at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Caroline Rizzo, says, “I think it’s no surprise. You see help wanted signs and job opening signs in the small mom and pop’s downtown and at large corporations and businesses like here at the resort.”

They’re looking to fill over 100 positions and have decided to plan their first drive up job fair for April 29th.

Rizzo says, “That face to face interaction is so important and I think that when you can truly see what it’s like working at place where you’re applying for a job.”

Cherry Republic says it also give job seekers a chance to meet new businesses.

“It’s a really great way to get in touch with the local communities, especially working with local businesses such as the library and creating those connections,” Moskovitz says.

Cherry Republic says they plan to host another drive thru job fair closer to the holiday season.