Good time to look for a job in Carmel


Summer is winding down and kids will be going back to school. The end of summer means positions are in flux for the job market. Some students go off to college and some stay-at-home parents might want to go back to work when their kids go back to school.

Fortunately, now is a great time to find a job in Carmel, not only because of new businesses opening but because of the growth in the area. Presumably every time they open new apartment buildings or construct new homes, it should mean more customers for businesses.

Along Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District, I see that Joe’s Butcher Shop and Auntie Em’s Frozen Cupcakes and Custard both have posted job openings.

“Our college students are preparing to head back to campus, so we are searching for additional daytime help at Auntie Em’s,” according to the custard shop’s Facebook page, advertising the need for daytime help and a morning baker.

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Joe Lazzara, owner of Joe’s Butcher Shop, hires employees of a wide variety of ages and experience, but he had prided himself on taking young people in high school or college and giving them great workplace experience. Unfortunately, they often go onto bigger and better things.

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My parents own a business called Donatello’s Italian Restaurant on Main Street and they have experienced some turnover due to employees going back to college and are searching for new hires to fill their spots.


One business that at one pointed reported difficulties is now saying they are thriving and need more employees. John Perazzo, owner of J. Razzo’s restaurant, previously told Current in Carmel that his sales were down due to construction at U.S. 31, but now that the bridge is open and construction is nearly completion he posted on Facebook a need to hiring more employees for his restaurant.

Vitality Bowls, located on Main Street, and Chocolate for the Spirit, located on Carmel Drive, are also hiring according to Facebook posts.

Some new businesses, such as Giant Eagle grocery store and the expanded Kroger on Range Line Road, are even using “signing bonuses” to attract new employees. Job fairs were held for both gourmet grocery stores. Giant Eagle advertised $400 bonuses, payable in full if the new employee stays on the job 90 days. Kroger announced plans to hire 300 workers in meat, produce, deli, bakery, general merchandise, customer service and store management.

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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said he noticed that the influx of business growth has created plenty of job openings, whether in the service industry or for college graduates.
“It’s a great place to get a job,” he said. “There are some business who have a shortage of employees. Software engineers. People that do coding. Our businesses are hiring and we’re trying to do ways to promote these businesses and attract the employees that these businesses need.”
Carmel City Councilor Sue Finkam said the multitude of job openings leads her to believe that mass transit is something Carmel should consider so potential employees can commute to these businesses.

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