KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jon Rombaoa
Hundreds of job seekers were buzzing around Ward Warehouse conference rooms on Wednesday, July 24, at Retail Merchants of Hawaii's first ever retail job fair.
As a retail advocate, Retail Merchants of Hawaii hosted the job fair to help more than 40 vendors recruit for the upcoming holiday season. Hopeful candidates handed in their resumes for hundreds of part-time and full-time positions at retailers like UGG Australia, American Savings Bank, Kate Spade, Pepsi Co. and Verizon, just to name a few.
"I'm definitely excited just because I had the opportunity to meet some really nice, encouraging people and take advantage of the different opportunities that has been presented here today," applicant, Ralph Carr said. "I've met some business associates and I look forward to building those relationships."
RMH President, Sheri Sakamoto says retail vendors normally have a difficult time recruiting qualified employees due to a lack of retail specific recruiting resources. The RMH job fair is specifically tailored for that purpose, helping retailers find qualified employees faster and more efficiently.
"Well it's such a great opportunity with the retail job fair. You know, there's nothing else really out there marketed towards retailers," Senior Store Manager, Gretchen Gerloff said. "So this is the perfect time for us to find all of our associates, especially for holiday."
Statistically, Sakamoto reports that the retail industry is Hawaii's largest generator of the general excise tax and makes up for 25% of Hawaii's workforce, which is about 200,000 jobs.
"We're a huge part of the community and we want to educate people about that," Sakamoto said.
RMH represents about 3,000 storefronts across the state and helps businesses create better profit margins by bringing in training and education efforts from around the world.