TAA and the hospitality industry support the government’s Virtual Jobs Fair

Hoteliers of all sizes, independent and part of large corporations, are supporting a federal government initiative to try to fill thousands of vacancies ahead of the Christmas peak.

The National Tourism and Hospitality Virtual Jobs Fair initiative is led by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment and aims to help the sector find skilled and volunteer workers for more than 300,000 vacant positions in across Australia.

Estimates show that more than 300,000 jobs need to be filled in the sector nationwide.

Registration for the Virtual Career Fair is free, with four-hour sessions taking place on November 24 and 25. Day one will feature a variety of workshops designed to help job seekers prepare for potential virtual interviews and early access to view vacancies. The second session will provide candidates with direct opportunities to use these skills and to present themselves in front of employers, discuss current opportunities and suitability for a career in the sector.

Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO Michael Johnson said the Jobs Fair was a major initiative, with vacancies in all hotels in the city and region.

“The event will target people displaced by COVID-19, job seekers, school-leavers and anyone who may be considering a career in tourism and hospitality,” Johnson said.

Tourism Accommodation Australia National CEO, Michael Johnson.

“It’s free for everyone to jump online and all of our big hotels will have virtual booths where you can talk to staff about opportunities in our big industry.

“Job seekers can ask questions and apply for jobs, and employers will be able to use a chat feature to engage job seekers and interview them the same day.”

Johnson said nearly every major hotel in the country jumped at the chance when they showed up, with the Association welcoming any opportunity to help the industry recover.

“Finding hotel staff was difficult before COVID, now it’s almost impossible,” he said.

Learn more about the Virtual Job Fair.

Peter M. Doran