Jumping Back Into the Job Market
Watauga County's unemployment rate moved from 3.7% in March to 11.1% in April, with the majority of the losses coming at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Layoffs hit all sectors of our economy, moving many from job holders to job seekers.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way employers identify talent? How can those seeking employment best package themselves coming off a COVID-19-related separation? Which industries have started hiring and which will take a wait-and-see approach to reloading staff?
These questions and more will be addressed by an expert panel of business leaders and human resources professionals representing a variety of local businesses.
Tara Brossa, General Manager, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Boone
Hayden Gibson, Human Resources Manager, Hospitality Mints
Shelley Leder, Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist, Appalachian State University Human Resources
Susan McCracken, Director of Career Development and Economic Engagement, Appalachian State University
Kenietha Presnell, HR Operations Manager, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Alyce Ratchford, Owner, Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar
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