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Tahoe resorts to hold job fair

It’s time to mix work and play.

As the first of the winter weather blows into town, ski resort operators are gearing up for a good season – minus El Nino and back-to-back La Ninas.

To kick things off, many resorts are hosting job fairs to hire personnel for what appears to be a promising season that offered a glimpse into winter with snowfall over Labor Day weekend last month.



With the new weather comes new approaches to hiring.

Sierra-At-Tahoe’s tactical outreach involves attracting locals, more so than ever before, Human Resources Director Brittany Clelan said.




“What we want to say to the community is: If you have the desire, need and want to be (in the Tahoe area) and deliver good guest service with a smile, then we want to talk to you,” she said. Clelan hopes the approach embraces the tough labor market in the region.

On the light side of employment, those who are working this ski resort’s job fair slated for Oct. 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. are expected to dress up in spider uniforms from head to toe, she added. Sierra-At-Tahoe is 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe on U.S. Highway 50.

Also getting in on the fun, Heavenly Ski Resort is holding its job fair at the California Base Lodge off Ski Run Boulevard in town on Oct. 14 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., respectively.

To the southeast, Kirkwood is wrapping up its on-site job fair Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The resort is on Highway 88 at Carson Pass.

For those who want to peruse many employment booths at once, the largest hiring expo is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the North Lake Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach. Participating ski resorts include Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Homewood Mountain Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Olympic Plaza Food & Beverage, Safeway, Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl, Resort at Squaw Creek and Tahoe Donner. Online applications may be submitted by logging on to http://www.tahoe.com.

Beyond taking part in the expo, Squaw Valley USA plans to host its own job fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28. On the same date, Diamond Peak Ski Resort has also added to its job fair schedule from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carson Mall in Carson City; Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its namesake lodge in Incline Village.

And prospective workers wanting to head north for employment may attend Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe’s job fair, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the conference center in the Atlantis Casino Resort, Reno.

Royal Gorge, a premiere cross country ski resort, is putting on a job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

“Some of the students have never seen snow before,” said Carol Smith, Human Resources Manager in her eighth year. The quick immersion into the Tahoe culture makes for some interesting scenes at the resort near Soda Springs when they decide to ski for the first time, Smith mentioned.

“They just go out and go for it,” she said. “They’ll try anything and everything.”

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