Use the Local Newspaper to Find Who Is Hiring and for What Positions

The local newspaper is still an excellent place for job information. The paper I picked up this morning has an article about a new resort opening this summer. That follows an article on tourism jobs.

Using the Local Newspaper to Find Work

The news article in today's paper was specifically about a two-day job fair that the resort is hosting. It says the resort will be hiring 200 employees to staff its motel, restaurant, entertainment complex, and other facilities. These are all paid positions.

A few days ago, I picked up the paper and one of the front page headlines was, "Hiring Brisk for Tourism Jobs" with a subheading, "Attractions Have High Hopes for Tourist Traffic, Spending." The article looks at various businesses in the tourism industry and their seasonal hiring practices.

One of those businesses is a local winery. It says they are hiring 60 employees this summer, an increase from last year. The positions sound interesting, a change from what RVers traditionally think of when looking for summer jobs -- wine club sales and wine tasting room staff.

Speaking of less than traditional jobs, the next business the article profiles hires people to work with snakes.

Another business in the article, a major tourist attraction, plans to add more than 130 seasonal workers this summer. That's on top of its 80-plus year round workers. The article quotes the CEO as saying that that is a 25 percent increase over its hiring last summer. While the general feeling may be that this summer is an employer's market, the company's administrative director says that kitchen and wait staff positions are not easy to fill.

The local newspaper for the area where you want to spend the summer working is an excellent resource. It tells you what businesses are new in town. It tells you about the area industries. It provides insights into the local economy. It carries announcements of job fairs, open houses, and hiring events. It can tell you what types of jobs are likely to be in short supply and which ones are going to be hard to fill. It can refer you to other resources, such as letting you know what agency or service is hiring for a particular business. It can even tell you that a specific area business is posting its job openings on Twitter or Facebook. And, finally, local newspapers still include Help Wanted classifieds.

For daily papers, watch the front page headlines and for articles in the business and travel sections. Weekly papers may run feature articles, but may also have short pieces hidden further back. Free tabloid papers, such as Penny Pinchers and Thrifty Nickels, while they may lack news, are full of classifieds, including those for seasonal help wanted.

In many instances, you can read the local newspaper online. You may also find it worthwhile to get a short subscription to it. Using a local newspaper to find jobs isn't high-tech, but it still works.

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Coleen's comments: I wrote this article while we were in the South Dakota Black Hills, and the particular newspaper was the Rapid City Journal. But, stories such as these aren't unique to the Journal. Local newspapers routinely have articles about job forecasts and new employment opportunities in the community. This is especially true in areas that have a significant amount of tourist traffic, where tourism plays a major part in their economy.

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