Big E looking to fill over 100 positions ahead of this year’s fair
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - We’re a little more than a month away from opening day of this year’s Big E fair and on Tuesday, people lined up for their chance to work at one of the nation’s largest fairs.
“Thirty-eight days…oh my goodness,” said Jessica Fontaine, director of education and human resources for the Eastern States Exposition.
Let the countdown begin to The Big E. Before any ride can takeoff, any ring can be tossed, or funnel cake can be eaten, hiring has to take place. For the long line of prospective employees, it may have been their lucky day. A variety of jobs in 10 departments were up for grabs at Tuesday’s job fair. From working as a shuttle driver to helping direct visitors, there are many positions to pick from.
One of those hired on the spot is Gwen Miller. She told us the money she makes will be put to good use.
“I decided to plan and I’m going on a trip to Egypt in October, so this is my spending money for my trip to Egypt,” Miller said.
For others, like job hunter Jesrael Lopez, she’s hoping to work alongside her favorite attractions at the fair.
“I would say the animals…I like the animals…I don’t know, I just like pigs. I like animals,” Lopez explained.
However, it takes more than just a resume to get a coveted role as an employee at The Big E. Fontaine told Western Mass News that prospective employees also have to have personality.
“These are our front-line people. These are some of the first people that will greet our customers when they come to the fair,” Fontaine explained. “We strive for superior customer service and we are looking for people who will enjoy the fair and enjoy the people that are coming in.”
For Miller, she’s looking forward to fulfilling Fontaine’s task.
“I get to help the people out. I get to sit inside a little booth and I experience The Big E,” Miller said.
Even if you missed Tuesday’s fair, applications are still open until The Big E begins on September 15. For more information on employment opportunities at the fair, CLICK HERE.
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