CHICAGO - If you are looking for a job, this is your moment as many companies are hiring. But if you are an employer looking to fill positions, you might have to work at it.
At Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee, tourists are returning, which means jobs are as well.
"We’re so fortunate to have the demand, and we’re really excited to have pack members that can come assist us with really bringing joy to those families during their vacations with us," said Great Wolf Lodge general manager Nadine Miracle.
The lodge held a job fair Tuesday, looking to hire 125 employees, or pack members as they are called. They are hiring for all positions with lifeguard, housekeeping, and food and beverage roles being the greatest need.
Lowe's stores also held a national hiring day event Tuesday. The company tells FOX 32 they are working to fill about 450 jobs around Chicago, more than 900 throughout Illinois and 50,000 nationwide. They are offering both full and part time positions.
You might think people would be clamoring for these jobs with unemployment numbers quite high, but experts say there are many reasons some people are not ready to head back to work.
Andrew Challenger is the Senior Vice President at the outplacement and career transitioning firm "Challenger, Gray and Christmas."
"People, once they get their vaccines, are going to flow into jobs this summer, and once kids have places to go. Part of the equation is that there are still parents having to stay home to take care of children without other child care facilities or school available to them," he said.
Challenger also points out millions of people will continue to receive unemployment benefits until September, while many are not yet vaccinated or feel that the workplace is safe.
"The classic lever of getting people to come back to work and into your employment when you’re in a labor shortage is to raise wages. We haven’t seen that start to happen yet," Challenger said.
Back at Great Wolf lodge, the general manager says their first pitch to workers is that the job is safe with plenty of COVID precautions.
"Also offer amazing benefits for pack members that include medical benefits, parental leave, paid time off -- so we really hope that’s something that sets us apart," Miracle said.
Both Great Wolf Lodge and Lowes said they will continue filling jobs even after their hiring events end, and many companies expect to have even more jobs to fill as we head towards summer, with more vaccinations and loosening restrictions.