2018-03-30 / Community

Committee recruiting older employees

Get out of the house and stay active. Earn extra fun money. Share time and talents this season. Enjoy a flexible schedule. Share a love of community. Learn something new. These are just a few of the reasons why retirees re-enter the workforce.

And that’s a very good thing, because not only do retired folks have much to offer, local hotels and restaurants need them in the Kennebunks.

Last year was a tough one for seasonal Maine businesses, many of which had to reduce hours or limit days because of a staffing shortage. They faced the perfect storm of a low unemployment rate, a robust economy and a reduced number of H-2B visas, meaning fewer seasonal employees came to work in local hotels and restaurants.

This year looks to remain the same, so a new collaborative committee is working to recruit older employees, touting the benefits of working after retirement.

The Older Employees Staffing Alliance is planning a job fair in a comfortable, low-key setting at The Center, specifically for older adults, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Lower Village.

Complete with a free lunch from local restaurants, the afternoon will feature representatives from local hotels, such as The Breakwater Inn & Spa, Colony, Nonantum Resort and the Kennebunkport Resort Collection.

The fair is free and open to the public.

Local businesses are looking for part-time and full-time seasonal frontdesk, reservation and sales agents, gift shop attendants, night auditors, maintenance and landscaping workers, housekeepers, cruise and bus greeters, concierge staff, hosts, bartenders, breakfast attendants, pet sitters, childcare, pool and marina attendants and more.

Need more information?

Call the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce at 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

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