Hundreds attend Marine Industry Job Fair November 24, 2015

More than 200 people looked for jobs with 22 companies that had more than 282 openings at the 2nd annual Marine Industry Job Fair held Nov. 5 during the boat show.

Many of the companies said they met qualified candidates, and several are working with United Way’s Mission United to hire veterans. We have put Mission United in touch with several companies looking to hire, and several companies have reached out to Mission United about hiring veteran candidates.

The job fair, held at the Broward County Convention Center, featured leading marine industry companies, representing commercial and recreational positions including skilled trades, sales, administrative and crew as well as educational opportunities.

MIASF partnered for the first time with Mission United to help find jobs for veterans, who often have the skills, training and discipline that would enable them to excel in the marine industry but struggle to find civilian jobs. Also for the first time, MIASF partnered with Soundings Trade Only, a leading marine trade publication, which posted participating companies’ job openings on its popular online job board. This unique opportunity helped broaden the job fair’s scope by helping the companies reach additional markets.

Participants included Tradesmen International, High Seas Yacht Service, Parker Yachts, Maritime Professional Training, Marine Max, RPM Diesel, TowBoatUS, Crew Unlimited, Bradford Marine, Thomas Marine Systems, Pantropic Power, Nauti-Tech, Reverse Osmosis of South Florida, Flagship Management, Loggerhead Marina, Jerry’s Marine Service, Mendol USA, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Craftsman’s Guild, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, Island Marine Electric, Whiticar Boat Works, Professional Yacht Master Training, Yacht Broker Institute, International Yacht Restoration School, Broward Technical Schools, CareerSource Broward, Broward College and more.

The job fair would not have been such a huge success without the efforts of Education Committee Chair Colleen Deverteuil, MIASF Membership Director Sean Smith and several volunteers from MIASF’s membership committee.

Help us highlight our impact on jobs, economy

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has asked our industry to provide updates to their Standards of Occupational Classification (SOC) — a database that covers all American occupations. This is an important metric that helps industries highlight their economic impact, but one that we historically have been underrepresented in.

To fix that, we need your help! Our plan is to “crowdsource” industry job titles from various organizations and companies so we can more accurately provide the government with a complete set of data from our industry. This will be a low-commitment process, which can be done at your leisure over the next few months. If you are interested in participating, please contact Michael Lewan at by Dec. 9.

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