TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Northeast Mississippi Job and Career Fair is expecting a huge crowd this year.
Vendors say they hope the fair will be the answer to their employee shortage problems.
Barry Carroll is the general manager of Rock N Roll Sushi in Tupelo. He says it is one of the few fortunate businesses that barely have enough people to operate.
"We're looking to hire 10 to 12 people," Carroll said.
Although they are able to make ends meet with labor, Carroll says he's been noticing an odd trend with his applicants.
"When we first opened, we had over 81 people apply on Indeed. We called for interviews and nobody ever showed up," explained Carroll.
This means he and his staff work overtime. Now, he says the shortage is starting to cost the restaurant money.
“We were actually closed last Friday and Saturday due to our crew having flu-like symptoms. So that threw us in a bind, and we had to close, so we lost two days of sales,” said Carroll.
"Hopefully we can network with other people for our business and hopefully we can find some good quality people to come and work for us," said Carroll.
WTVA will hold the job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday inside the BancorpSouth Conference Center. The event already has 50 vendors and many of them will be ready to hire on the spot.