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Job seekers hit the Oceanfront for summer opportunities

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-25 20:18:45-04

They’re plastered everywhere at the Oceanfront. “Help wanted” signs are in the storefront windows, on marquees and on top of display cases.

Jessy Herald, is one of the hopefuls, looking to snag a summer job. She wants to bring years of experience as a bartender to the Oceanfront.

Herald says, “Come to the Beach; the Beach is where it’s at.”

She’s already filled out 10 applications. Though there are seasonal jobs available, there are a lot of people on the hunt for a summer gig at the beach.

Herald adds,” I think the job selection is a lot smaller than it used to be, and there might be more competition because of that.”

Marie Dugan, is a manger for Costal Edge, a surf and skate shop that thrives during the summer.

This year, they’re looking to hire 30 more employees than they had last summer to staff their stores for summer hours.

Dugan adds, “We need good, qualified people: positive energetic staff, high school students and college students.”

Business owners tell NewsChannel 3 that they schedule their hiring for this time of the year, just as schools are letting out.  It gives them enough time to get their staff in place just in time for the beginning of tourist season.

For some businesses, this means getting things together for their grand opening and for job seekers like Herald; to him, this means a few more weeks to land a job.