When it comes to understanding the needs and wants of local employers, there’s nothing like hearing it directly from the source and seeing it with your own two eyes.
That’s why you and your cohorts will have the opportunity to take talent tours with various employers.
Here are some of the recent tours:
Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn & Bavarian Inn Lodge
These two employers are often looking for great talent — everything from food preparation, kitchen-bakery, wait staff, hostesses, retail sales, cleaning staff and more. On one recent tour, there were 48 open positions! Here’s what we learned:
- Employees enjoy a family atmosphere and strong “promote from within” values
- Many staff members started as part-time employees and have stayed on for decades, working their way up
- Scheduling is flexible and “benefits” are unique — free meals and beverages for employees on the job, discounts at the lodge, and competitive wages
- The importance of first impressions at interviews
- “Learn everything you can” — a bit of advice from Dorothy Zehnder, the matriarch of Little Bavaria who still works six days a week at age 92
When several participants expressed interest in aviation careers, we arranged for a tour of MBS Airport and its control tower and learned about several interesting careers:
- Air traffic control
- TSA employees
- Baggage handlers
- Ticket agents
- Rental car agents
- While many of these jobs don’t require college degrees, they ALL require specialized training.
Caretel Inns of Tri-Cities
We selected this facility because of the high demand for workers in the health care field. This facility is specifically looking for CNAs and guest assistants. We learned what human resources (HR) looks for in a candidate during the interview:
- Eye contact
- Professional attire
Participants had a lengthy Q&A with HR to learn about several health care careers, including CNAs, LPNs, RNs. The key to higher pay, they learned, is more education.
Covenant provided us with a fantastic tour and lunch, as well as a team of employees to interact with our participants. They provided an excellent overview of the health care industry, in-demand careers, and educational requirements necessary for employment. We learned about internships, job shadowing and other ways to find out if health care careers are right for you.
We also learned tips and suggestions on how to prepare to become eligible candidates for the jobs they will seek in the future.
The highlight of the event was seeing the hospital campus — everything from the emergency department and maternity services to heart and wound centers.