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Visitors try their luck at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo in 2017. The casino will interviewing applicants during a virtual hiring event.

BENTON HARBOR — With more than 1,600 jobs available in Southwest Michigan, Michigan Works is holding the first of many virtual hiring events at the end of the month.

Michigan Works Berrien, Cass, Van Buren is hosting 15-minute phone interviews in its first virtual hiring event of the year for Four Winds Casino.

During the interviews, employers will discuss job opportunities, qualifications and job experience with applicants to determine if they’re a good fit and interest for the company. The next round of phone interviews will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 with the casino – one of the region’s largest employers.

Four Winds is hiring individuals for full- and part-time positions for its Dowagiac, Hartford, New Buffalo and South Bend locations.

Open positions range from servers and bartenders to security guards, environmental services engineers, surveillance operators, and guest services representatives.

“While the hospitality industry has been down 37 percent, this is an opportunity for individuals looking to get back into that industry with a great employer and get back to work,” said Lily Brewer, executive director of Michigan Works Berrien, Cass, Van Buren.

Brewer said going back to the roots of hiring through phone interviews with hopefully eliminate the technology barrier for job seekers.

“We went back to what we know works. Throughout the pandemic, we have had to pivot away from our norm of hosting in-person hiring events with many employers at once and have had a much more focused approach that allows the employer to get one-on-one time with each job seeker,” Brewer said. “We will continue to host phone interviews with various employers in the future and we are confident this will fill the Southwest Michigan hiring gap.”

Job seekers who would like to attend are required to register their time slot at www.miworks.org/virtual-job-fairs. Applicants will be expected to provide their phone number, select a time for the interview and the employer will then call them for a 15-minute interview.

Employers looking to host a phone interview session should contact Berrien County business account manager Paul Brohman at BrohmanP@miworks.org, or Cass and Van Buren County business account manager Mark O’Reilly at OreillyM@miworks.org.

For more information or general questions, visit www.miworks.org.

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