MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Hiring agencies are looking to fill positions at many businesses and stores on the Grand Strand.
Normally, a dip in open spots is seen from the busy summer season into the shoulder season. However, employers tell WMBF News they have more job openings than applicants right now.
After Labor Day, the Grand Strand hits the "shoulder season," which is normally when all the temporary workers are let go, the part-time workers have their hours cut back, and seasonal student workers go back to school. On top of this dropoff, employers tend to hire fewer new workers during the shoulder season.
But hiring agents say that they are not seeing that so far this year.; in fact, they're seeing the opposite.
Lindsay Fiedler is the office manager at Express Employment. She says that right now, they can't find enough people to fill all the jobs they have available.
"You see the efforts they're making right now to try and extend the tourist season longer," she says. "So I think a lot of companies are really trying to extend with that. And they're keeping people on longer."
"Normally we do see a drop-off this time of year," says Sheila Daniels, a business services coordinator with Goodwill. "But so far we haven't seen one at all. We've got some new businesses opening. There's the new mall that's coming to North Myrtle Beach. I heard there's a second one that's coming off of Robert Edge Parkway. There's just so many new businesses opening."
Electricians, mechanics, pool maintenance, construction, retail and food industries are among the many in need for employees.
"One thing that some employers have told us is that they like to start everybody off part time or temporary. And that way they can see who their best workers are and give those people the best chance to get full time employment," Fiedler says. "I have a couple of companies that said they were only going to be using my associates through Labor Day for their busy season. And they said, 'You know what, we're still busy. We still need them. I don't want to let them go."
Two upcoming hiring events include:
-Tuesday, September 16, from noon until 4 p.m. Positions with Express Employment Professionals include HVAC technicians, paralegals, graphic designers, and plumbers. The hiring event will also be held at the North myrtle Beach Job Link Center.
-Palmetto Goodwill is also hosting a Senior Job Fair from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carolina Forest Community Center.