b'FOGHORNFOCUS: HUMAN RESOURCESor internships, as well as freshmen andtions in Massachusetts participated inavailable this summer. sophomores who were just learningthe virtual job fair. Hy-Line Cruises ofHy-Line Cruises, which serves about future opportunities and howHyannis, MA was one of them. Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket, to comport themselves in a job recruit- The set up was easy, the staff atas well as Hyannis and the Cape Cod ment situation.Jobs Connect was wonderful, and theCanal, is considered essential so the Richards and her team workedevent was effective in that we wereferry has been operating through-with students to be sure they wereable to speak to two cadets who areout the shutdown, now with service prepared to talk to hiring managers.interested in applying for positions onup to four times a day. Our crews From helping them prepare resumesthe ferry, Hy-Line human resourcesare taking extra precautions with to ensuring they looked presentablemanager, Cheryl Barrows said. Wecleaning the vessels and spacing pas-to practicing onscreen and checkingwould do it again, but I do miss thesengers aboard our ferries, Barrows what the background looked like withcamaraderie that you get at a livesaid. the cadets on screen.career fair.If youre able to hire workers Once the event was live, studentsBarrows said the two cadets whofor this operating season, consider could enter the room of any of theapplied for positions on the ferry linelooking now into virtual career events companies and speak with a repre- are already scheduled for one-on-onethat cater to the maritime industry to sentative about the organization andvirtual interviews using the sameidentify potential candidates safely available internships and jobs. Severalplatform set up by Jobs Connect. Itsand efficiently.students could enter the virtual roomnice that the actual job interviews areFor Mass Maritime, the experience at a time. Then, plans could be madescheduled so quickly and we will bewas positive. for one-on-one follow-up interviews. able to talk more with the applicantsIt was the best thing to do now, Some PVA members with opera- about the jobs that we hope will beRichards said.n18MAY 2020FOGHORN'