Looking for a job this time of year doesn’t always mean temporary employment, and one industry offers full and part-time work in an environment that may include the holiday spirit.
The flow of visitors to the Valley’s hospitality industry used to pick up during the fall, winter and spring, and come to a crawl in the summer. But it’s become more year-round with guests coming from as far away as across an ocean to as close as down the street.
Most hotels started looking at increasing staff in August and September, and some hotels and resorts in the Valley still need to fill about 100 spots at this time, said Marianne Sesay, employment manager at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. She sits on a board with other employment managers from four and five diamond resorts and together they discuss staffing needs.
“This year has been so different from any year in the past. The hospitality industry in itself has been busier this year than in the past,” she said.
At the Caleo Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, restaurant staff can choose between full-time, part-time or on-call employment. It’s especially a good time for on-call staff who just want to work now and then, said Tori McLaughlin, director of sales and marketing.
“If someone is looking for a job now, it’s especially good from the food and beverage standpoint with the restaurants being very busy. We have a lot of holiday parties. We’ll need banquet servers, extra kitchen help,” she said. Plus the outdoor eating areas are drawing locals for evening meals.
“One of the things that’s nice is we can usually accommodate if someone is looking for part-time or on-call employment. We could have a night when we have five holiday parties and we may have someone who wants to just be on call for those events,” she said.
Jane Fletcher, director of human resources for Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort and Spa, said her company’s needs include banquet, spa and audio-visual. While currently the restaurant staff is focused on business meetings, in a few weeks that will turn into holiday parties.
Oftentimes the jobs draw applicants from the colleges, she said.
“The nature of their schedule fits with our business needs,” she said. “They’re here during our busier times then they go and find a summer job.”
Sometimes that job is just down the street or across the state at another Marriott.
“But the big reality is our business stays steady throughout the summer.”
Because the hotel industry is not only 365 days a year, but 24 hours a day, there’s an opportunity for shifts almost anytime someone wants to work.