WILDWOOD — Marcy Gibson came with her resumes and a notepad in hand and was ready to meet with potential employers at the third annual Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce job fair Thursday afternoon.
“I’m basically looking for office work,” said Gibson, “but I’ve done every job, I’ve been the waitress, the bartender, the secretary. I worked on the Boardwalk when I was a kid.”
Gibson, who lives in Erma, grew up in Wildwood.
“I’ve worked my whole life, but I was the caretaker for my mother for the past six years” said Gibson. “Now I’m ready to get back to work”.
The chamber invited job seekers to meet with local businesses from the hospitality, food service and banking industries, as well as boardwalk retailers and amusements.
Tables for Morey’s Pier, Icona at Diamond Beach and the Fractured Prune Donut Shoppe had applications ready to be filled out for seasonal and possibly year-round positions.
“There have been a good number of people,” said Jodie DiEduardo, senior vice president of retail banking and facilities for Crest Savings Bank. “It’s a nice opportunity because there are a lot of industries here.”
The job fair drew a wide age range of applicants, from young students looking for summer jobs and seasonal work before school starts in the fall to those looking to make a career change in the seaside town.
DiEduardo, who is also on the chamber board, said Wildwood has seen an increase in adults seeking employment.
“We’ve notice, in the last 5 years or so, that there’s a lot of people coming down to live here in Cape May County to begin the second part of their life. A second career or a steady job every summer,” DiEduardo said.
Kathy Joyce, of West Wildwood, was hoping to find a way to start a second career in banking. “I’m looking to get my foot in the door” Joyce said.
Joyce moved to West Wildwood after retiring from a career as a registered nurse.
“I was blessed to have the career that I had. Now I’m looking for a position that’s less physically and mentally taxing” she said.
Megan Dougherty, membership service manager for the Chamber, said 22 businesses were at Thursday’s job fair.
“All the vendors show up today,” said Dougherty. “And in the past, we’ve had at least 100 people through the doors, a lot of whom walked out with job offers”.
“I was born and raised here in Wildwood,” Gibson said after interviewing for a few job fair tables. “I love it here and hopefully I’ll hear back from one.”