HENDERSON — In a partnership with NCWorks, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments will host a virtual hiring event featuring Food Lion Distribution on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m..

Desiree Brooks, who works as the business service manager on the COG’s Workforce Development Board, said that the focus of these events is to help companies find reliable employees in a time where people are more hesitant to venture outdoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every week we’ve been doing virtual hiring events for employers,” Brooks said. “The main thing that we’ve been focusing on is virtual services and anything that we can to help people get field jobs. Food Lion Distribution is the featured employer for this upcoming Tuesday.”

The hiring events are hosted through Zoom, and those who register will receive a link that allows them to access the virtual meeting. The event will start with a brief presentation, followed by a representative from Food Lion who will discuss the company and available job openings.

Among the openings currently available at Food Lion Distribution include positions in sanitation, truck driving, maintenance and pick-to-light, which is an order-fulfillment technology designed to improve picking accuracy and lower labor costs.

Brooks said that the virtual events have been beneficial to employers during the pandemic by streamlining the process of finding people who are willing and capable to fill the openings listed by the company.

“Whenever there is a massive amount of job openings, this is one of the services we offer,” Brooks said. “We’ll gain more knowledge of the positions and in turn will gain more qualified applicants for them. [Food Lion] stressed the need to hire for these positions, as they had a hard time filling them with such a high demand.”

The virtual hiring events typically last between 30 minutes to an hour and are followed by a Q&A session. Brooks added that the NCWorks Career Center always follows up with the attendees to help them individually with their job hunt.

For Tuesday’s event, Brooks said that the Career Center will provide Food Lion a list of names and will make recommendations to them based on conversations they had with the attendees to determine if they are qualified for the available positions.

With numerous companies now hiring as COVID-19 cases continue to decline, Brooks stressed the importance of finding employees and is encouraging residents to participate in the virtual hiring events and to get registered with NCWorks so that they can find their ideal job.

“We’re trying to pair the right people with the right jobs,” Brooks said. “The ultimate goal is for [the employer] to have a long-term employee that is a good fit but if we have attendees that are not necessarily a good fit for Food Lion, then the Career Center will find them the right job that fits their skillset.”

Two more virtual hiring events are currently scheduled for the month of March that will feature East West Manufacturing and Universal Forest Products. They are expected to take place on April 13 and April 20 respectively.

Residents who wish to register for any upcoming virtual hiring events can do so at event.kerr tarworks.com.