Bars and restaurants in need of staff can participate in’s HIREpalooza virtual job fair for free.

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In response to the labor shortage in bars and restaurants induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Orlando Weekly has partnered with and City District have partnered to provide free booth space and job vacancies at bars and restaurants at’s HIREpalooza virtual career fair.

“Our food and beverage industry has been hit so hard by the pandemic, and now that business is picking up it’s a double whammy,” said Graham Jarrett, editor of Orlando Weekly. “They literally cannot recover, and these businesses are vital to our economy, as well as to the culture of Central Florida. The pandemic is not yet over for many of them, and we hope we can help. ”

Thanks to this initiative, restaurants and bars will be able to post their vacancies for free on the virtual platform of the HIREpalooza career fair from May 17 to June 17. These companies will also have the opportunity to promote their vacancies through various social media and email marketing. efforts of

Restaurants and bars participating in this virtual career fair can speak with candidates in virtual interviews on May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All of this, which is normally priced at $ 795, is offered free of charge to bars and restaurants to help them attract workers.

“We have the virtual platform and produce the job fair, Orlando Weekly has the voice to get the word out, and Main Street neighborhoods are connected to these businesses at street level, ”said Scott Kotroba, co-founder of “And we’ve all worked with bars and restaurants in Central Florida for a long time. They are essential workers for us. It made sense that we would get together and try to help.

The initiative is accompanied by additional support from Commissioner Regina Hill, the Downtown Development Board and the nine other neighborhoods of Orlando Main Street. In part, MSD’s mission is to ensure economic vitality in their neighborhoods, and all of them have bars and restaurants that have been significantly affected by the pandemic.

While only bars and restaurants are eligible for fee waiver,’s HIREpalooza is open to other industries in Central Florida and is dedicated to helping local talent re-enter the workforce. In addition to virtual interviews and job postings, HIREpalooza will also provide live virtual career advice boards and resume reviews for job seekers.

Bars and restaurants interested in participating must register here.

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