Local networking event helping to connect employers with hopeful applicants


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — NC Works in Pitt County connected local restaurants with potential employees at a job fair on Monday.

From local to chain restaurants, all had one thing in common, to hire people looking for work. One NC Works branch official said these events not only help connections but also help businesses that took a big hit during COVID-19.

“With people being able to get vaccinated, and hopefully ease up a lot of the restrictions for COVID, we’re ready to get back to normal, halfway back to normal, so we just wanted to do our part in assisting the restaurant industry in getting back to normal,” said Callie Northern-Herring, the manager for Pitt County NC Works.

“This is huge, I think that we’re on the edge of the job market turning force and we really need to obtain some employees,” said Gary Boykin, the General Manager of Parker’s Barbecue.

Local business owners and managers are also expressing that the event allows for them to not only meet new potential employees, but also gain fresh new ideas.

“By bringing new people in you do get new insight and it helps you grow in how you promote the program, market it to the customers. It helps us with our recipe planning,” said Gretchen Wilson, Director of School Nutrition for Pitt Co. Schools.

“Almost anyone can be employed and that’s what we need. We just need people, that is the biggest thing right now is having an employee that will show up and want to work,” said Basil’s Owner Jeremy Spengeman.

Owners noting that with the markets expected to open back up, they also plan to make employees time worth it.

“We are getting to the point where I think a lot of the things the government has been doing is going to end so people need to get in the job market but I think also the restaurants have realized they can’t continue to make people exist on minimum wage type wages, they need to be paying more,” Spengeman said.

Representatives say they plan to do more events like this throughout the summer. Click here to go to the NCWorks website and to get more information on job openings.

For positions with the Pitt County Schools Child Nutrition Services, click here. Applicant’s can also visit local restaurant’s like Basil’s in person to fill out an application.

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