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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 19 March 25, 2004 - 41 lnternet replaces annual Rehoboth Beach job fair Employers voice mixed feelings By Bridin Reynolds Hughes The increasing effect of the in- ternet as fi source of job searches and hiring employees strongly in- fluenced the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce's decision to discontinue the decadelong tradition of host- ing its annual spring job fair. In recent years, attendance of the two-day fair, typically held in March, has dwindled from several thousand to several hundred. "We had to acknowledge that the value for our members was going down while the costs kept going up, up, up," said Carol Everhart, executive director of the resort chamber. For the opportu- nity to meet and greet job candi- dates at the Rehoboth Beach Con- vention Center during the 2003 fair, chamber members paid $150 per table while nonmembers paid double. Posting a job opening on the chamber website is free for members. The surge of international stu- dents streaming into the local summer job market was also a significant factor in the equation for the chamber. "That trend continues, and the foreign students are seeking beach jobs out through referrals and the internet," said Everhart. The chamber's site provides links to international student organiza- tions for employers and a generic job application form that can be filled out online, downloaded and sent to a specific business or kept on file at the chamber for poten- tial businesses to review. "We have al- ways run a job bulletin board on our site and it is increasing- ly popular," she said. In Janu- ary, the site, EVERHART www.beach- fun.corn, recorded nearly 700,000 hits. Dottie Beane, manager of the L.L. Bean retail store located in the Tanager Outlets, is enthusias- tic about the chamber's push for internet based recruitment and job matching. "I was never able to be out of the store that long, so the job fair never really worked well for us anyway," she said. L.L. Beane, which will hire upwards of 10 employees for the summer sea- son, posted an ad for seasonal and full-time work on the chamber site this week. "In less than 48 hours, I had three responses and two are extremely hirable so I am encouraged," she said. For some employers, the fair represented a chance to multitask and interview a variety of candi- dates for many jobs. Still, some said the internet presence of the chamber may compensate for can- celing the job fair. "Of course the downside is that you cannot meet face to face, but the internet site is invaluable in establishing the initial contact," said Rusty Rodgers, The Atlantic Sands Hotel Human Resources Department manager. Rodgers, who has posted ads for jobs including pool attendants, banquet servers and security on Pet psychic to visit Dewey June 5 The Historic Lewes Cat Society amd Dewey Beach Feral Cat Society will host well-known pet psychic Diane Roadcap Saturday, June 5. The event is a fundraiser to support the two cat organizations. Roadcap will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for 15-minute sessions with one cat or dog for $50. Prepaid registration is necessary. Contact Vi- vian Barry at 645-1575 or 227-9382. The sessions will be at the Dewey Beach Arts & Cats Shop at 2105A Highway One, Izzy Plaza, Dewey Beach. Country Charm fourth bedroom or office/rec $268,000 CALL HARRY WOODING CRS, GRI, ABR Custom built country home on large lot. Three bedrooms, bonus room and a great location with mature shade trees. Many upgrades. Brick fireplace and lots of space, bonus room above the garage can be used as room. This is a must see. 317 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-684-3065 Direct Line 800-637-2771 Toll Free 302-227-4800 Main Office the site in recent weeks, said the Atlantic Sands staff will triple be- fore June, reaching approximately 125 employees. "We have had a great response from not only U.S. students but also European students. The for- eign students fill a tremendous need for us because American stu- dents return to school before La- bor Day, so I am comfortable with the internet process," said Rodgers. For other merchants the change merely comes as surprise. "I was looking forward to it, I was plan- ning to share a table with the own- er of Rita's in Seaford," said Lois Nime, owner and manager of Ri- ta's Ices and Cool Stuff in Re- hoboth. "It was a convenient way to interview." Nime also placed an ad on the chamber site this week. The strongest lament of mer- chants and business owners over losing the job fair is certainly the inability to seal the deal with a handshake. "There is a lot to be said for someone who will take time out of their spring break or weekend to come and interview in person. "As an employer, it shows the extra effort that you like to see in an employee," said Dean Shuttle- worth, general manager of Thrasher's Fries in Rehoboth. Shuttleworth, who typically man- ages a staff of 40 summer employ- ees, has participated in the cham- ber job fair since its inception in 1994. "I have been there every year since the beginning. I re- member when it was held in the BayCenter. Some years it paid off better than others, but it has al- ways been a great event." For more information, contact the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 227-2233 or 800-441-1329. The website is also available at, then click on "Beach Jobs." Color Consultants Residential, Commercial, Interior & Exterior Donald A. 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