Ready for some good news/bad news?
The bad news first: Yes, there are a lot of people out of work, some people who are not sure their jobs are coming back post-COVID, and others facing instability in their current jobs and careers.
But there is a lot of good news for these people: Huntsville has jobs available, and lots of them – particularly in the automotive industry.
The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual North Huntsville Automotive Hiring
Event Wednesday with Mazda Toyota Manufacturing and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, as well as other automotive industry-related companies.
The companies will do virtual presentations about the work they do and what their jobs entail. They will meet with job seekers to discuss the jobs they have available (entry-level and above); and talk about the companies’ culture and expectations.
According to Lucia Cape, senior vice president of Economic Development at the Chamber, they will be using a platform called Remo, an interactive online recruitment environment.
“Ideally, we would do this in an auditorium where we could get people in the room talking to each other face-to-face,” Cape said. “But this is the closest thing we could find with COVID still a threat.
“There will also be a presentation from AIDT, Alabama’s statewide industrial training and recruitment group which does most of the hiring for production jobs.”
Cape said there are openings now with great opportunities to make a career change.
“If you know someone who is out of work, or concerned about their job or their career, given the changes in our economy, encourage them to check this out,” Cape said. “We are experiencing a lot of growth – we have never had this kind of OEM activity before … we are always looking for ways to support these companies, while making sure the community benefits from these great job projects.”
There are two sessions Wednesday: 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. with spots for 200 people per event.
Cape said if they max these two sessions out, they will host another one. She said there will likely be similar events well into the first quarter of 2021.
“Remember, the Chamber’s job site at https://asmartplace.com/work/find-a-job has jobs posted from other industries and other employers all the time,” she said. “But we had a particular push right now with Mazda Toyota and Toyota Alabama for specific positions that are available now.”
To register in advance for the 4 p.m. event, go to bit.ly/NorthHSVautojobs1.
To register in advance for the 5 p.m. event, go to bit.ly/NorthHSVautojobs2.
Automotive companies that would like to join the job fair should contact Cape at firstname.lastname@example.org.