Destination Hospitality

With more than 500 restaurants and an annual average of 730,000 hotel stays in Washtenaw County, the local hospitality business is booming. Dependable employees are more important than ever, which is why Amy Cell Talent is pleased to team with Destination Ann Arbor to host a brand new job fair: Destination Hospitality.

Job seekers can click here for additional details. This event is FREE for job seekers to attend.


Participating Employers:

Zingerman's - Delicatessen, Mail Order, Bakehouse, Roadhouse

Main Street Ventures - The Chop HouseLa Dolce Vita – At The Chop House in Ann Arbor, Real Seafood Co., Carson’s American Bistro, Gratzi, Palio

Kensington Hotel

EHM Senior Solutions

Employers can click here for more information. 


Ticket Information

Tickets to Destination Hospitality are available online at Eventbrite.

Employer tickets are $79 if purchased before October 15, 2018 (Early Bird).

The price after October 15 is $99.

Event Details

Destination Hospitality will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 10 am to 7 pm at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

The day is expected to be busy, filled with invaluable information for both employers and job seekers. A tentative schedule is as follows:

  • 10a-5p: Registration and water station
  • 10a-6p: Career resource fair with presentations from local support networks, education programs and transportation providers                  . 
  • 10a-2p: Resume & interview support/career counseling
  • 2p-6p: Career counseling
  • Noon-1p: Lunch
  • 10:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 4:30p: Hotel tours   
  • 1p: Panel discussion about career opportunities in hospitality, including the chance for upward advancement, comfortable compensation and flexible schedules                  
  • 2p-7p: Interviews with on-site employers

Benefits for Employers

The hospitality industry in Washtenaw County faces a talent shortage that has persisted for some time. This problem is widespread; according to the Foodservice Consultants Society International, skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing restaurants, hotels, assisted living facilities, and more. Unfortunately, this obstacle is expected to grow in coming years.

The skills shortage is directly attributed to the supply and retention of talent. As trained employees leave, new ones must be hired and trained. Such dynamics create a revolving door that is hard to control. With this in mind, employers should plan to attend Destination Hospitality to:

  • Meet and greet jobseekers interested in your jobs
  • Interview pre-screened applicants prepped for you by HR professionals
  • Use testimonials and panel discussions with current employees in hospitality to allow jobseekers to hear how these careers are within everyone's reach
  • Introduce jobseekers to partners who can eliminate barriers to employment
  • Use counselors from local hospitality education programs to showcase the industry's career ladder
  • Take part in an event organized by one of the leading providers of workforce solutions anywhere: Amy Cell Talent

    What Job Seekers Can Expect

    The hospitality industry offers a benefit to almost anyone looking for a job. Students and single parents enjoy flexible schedules, people who need a second job can work part-time, returning citizens usually aren't turned away because of background checks, and those who have family or other obligations can work off-hours.

    But hospitality offers more than flexibility. Many in the industry can attest to the opportunity for upward mobility, meaning a person can start as a dishwasher and be promoted through the ranks to management and supervisory positions. Hospitality is also a way to gain experience in customer service, work with people and possibly even travel (depending on the position you gain). 

    For job seekers, the career fair will allow you to:

    • Interview with some of the biggest hospitality employers in the area
    • Hear stories of people just like you who have found a home working in hospitality
    • Tour a world-class hotel and restaurant t osee first-hand the working environment
    • Listen to panel discussions on the hospitality industry and the jobs it offers
    • Meet with admissions and financial aid counselors to talk about ways to take a job in hospitality to the next level
    • Receive career coaching and resume support from professional HR consultants

    Please bring two forms of ID and a list of questions to ask employers in attendance.

    Resume and Interview Support

    One of the most unique features of Destination Hospitality is the opportunity for job seekers to receive resume and interview support from experienced, well-qualified Career Counselors with Amy Cell Talent. This service can prepare job seekers to answer routine interview questions and provide employers with practiced applicants who already have knowledge of the hospitality industry.

    In addition, Amy Cell Talent has arranged to use the Business Center within the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest to print job seekers' resumes. This means job seekers will receive help in both creating and/or printing resumes. Amy Cell Talent staff members can also help job seekers complete employer applications on-site.

    If you have questions, call Amy Cell Talent at (734) 747-2936 or email