While some local retailers, government entities and restaurants have been forced to cut their staff because of the coronavirus pandemic, other companies are still looking for people to fill important roles.
Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage President Casey McCann said he’s looking for up to four experienced movers to work from late spring to into the fall if the economy rebounds. The company is located at 1222 Cravens Lane in Carpinteria.
“We’re in a new territory. Our busy season is typically June, July and August. It’s really difficult to know how busy working we’re going to be this summer, but my thought here is that once this pandemic passes and the demand returns into the market that we will be busy. I just don’t want to be caught flat-footed here. I know that there are people who are looking for work,” Mr. McCann said.
He explained the movers will be relocating household and office goods from one residence or office space to another. They’ll need to pack up items and fine goods safely and prepare furniture for transport.
“We relocate clients all over the world. We’re agents for Allied Van Lines. So, it’s really just making sure that whatever the content is, it’s prepared properly and relocated properly and installed properly at destination,” Mr. McCann said.
Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage, like most moving companies, can operate during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order because they are part of the critical infrastructure sector under transportation.
“We have a self-storage facility here in Carpinteria and people have items that they need that are in storage. We had an 85-year-old couple that we had loaded on our truck on day one, on day two, we were delivering up to Nipomo. That evening Governor Newsom put this stay-at-home order in place, this couple needed their furniture. Thankfully, we are right now considered an essential service so we could operate and deliver to them,” Mr. McCann said.
Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage turned 102 years old this year. The company moved from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria in 1998. Mr. McCann took over the company when his father, Jeff McCann, passed away last year. They worked together for almost 15 years.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to assist this community and be safe and keep jobs and in place,” Mr. McCann said.
He said applicants can send resumes to email@example.com or call 805-963-4493.
Daniel’s Electric is looking for an experienced electrician to fill a long-term position.
“There is a need because of the virus because we got people that live out of town that aren’t coming here to work because of the traveling, but it’s also an ongoing need for pretty much every electrical company,” Office Manager Deborah Alliano said.
She said that the virus combined with a lack of new electricians has created a shortage of qualified applicants in the Santa Barbara area.
“My youngest son is 33 (years old). When he went to school they really told them, they literally told them don’t go into trades, go into tech companies. What has happened is, in the trades there are a lot of guys who are older and who are looking at retirement, but we have no influx of new people that have been coming, in say the last eight years, that are up and coming that have been trained,” Ms. Alliano said.
She explained that the company is looking for someone who can step in and take on jobs immediately, not an apprentice.
“They need to be able to troubleshoot problems, order material needed, to be able to do the work,” Ms. Alliano said.
Daniel’s Electric serves Gaviota, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria. They make some calls to Santa Ynez for larger projects. To apply, call 805 683-6543.
Santa Barbara Fish Market is looking for a retail worker for its 117 Harbor Way location.
“Ideally, we’re looking for someone who has seafood experience or some relevant experience in the restaurant industry so that would be the two (skills) you need, seafood experience or restaurant experience relative to seafood,” Executive Vice President Laszlo Nemeth said.
“Let’s say, if you’re a chef somewhere and you prepare seafood a bunch, that would be somebody who would be interested,” Mr. Nemeth said
To apply, send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board released a COVID-19 workers guide with information about services for workers and California programs for the unemployed.
According to the guide, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Career Services can provide job search help, career planning, workforce preparation activities, short-term pre-vocational services, vocational and on-the-job training.
For more information, call the workforce centers in Santa Maria at 805-614-1550 or Santa Barbara at 805-568-1393.
The full guide is available at http://www.sbcwdb.org.
Santa Barbara County also published a workers resource guide at https://readysbc.org/economicrecovery/services-for-workers.
The website contains an updating list of businesses that are hiring. To add your business to the list email with COVIDbiz@countyofsb.org.
According to the list, Aerotek, Lazy Acres, Walmart, Whole Foods and the United States Census Bureau are all hiring.
The website also has information for business owners on low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses suffering because of the coronavirus.
That information is available at https://readysbc.org/economicrecovery/assistance-for-employers/business-disruption-loan.