Businesses along the Grand Strand set to make lots of hires for summer season

That winter chill may still be in the air but things are heating up for businesses along the Grand Strand as they prepare for a busy summer season, looking to hire more than 200 seasonal jobs in the next week alone.

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is one of many businesses holding job fairs and theirs will be held this week.

"We're going to be hiring maybe 10 to 15 people to cover our shoulder season right now....We're looking at ticket sales people, we're looking at greeters, we're looking at loaders, the people that load people into the actual gondolas," explained SkyWheel Manager Doris McCarthy.

"Businesses are shaking off, getting ready for the season, preparing for that hiring and you're starting to see that in the job fairs and the ramping up of getting the seasonal workforce in place," said Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association President Stephen Greene.

Greene added that as summer approaches companies are pulling out all the stops, hiring everything from ticket sales to hotel work, making sure they've got enough workforce for the visitors getting ready to hit our sandy beaches.

"These businesses are looking upward of 200 jobs, new jobs that are out there and then another 100 that they'll pick up from employees in their summer base already," said Greene.

For those in search of a job in our area, Greene said with all the opportunities out there, now is the time to be looking.

Here's a list of job fairs being held this week:

* NASCAR SpeedPark in Myrtle Beach will hold their annual job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th.

* Ocean Lakes Campground will hold their job fair on February 17th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campground's recreation center.

* The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will hold their job fair this Thursday, February 13 at the SkyWheel office at 12th and Chester St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.