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Kimberley Taguiam, 19, serves mini-doughnuts at Playland yesterday. The annual fair has received 1,000 fewer seasonal job applicants this year.

Despite the “help wanted” signs all over the city, competition for 1,400 seasonal positions at the PNE is still very strong, said Stacey Shields, vice president of human resources, yesterday.

The PNE will interview 2,000 people at this weekend’s job fair and will continue to accept resumés online until the fair begins.

The fair usually receives 10,000 applications for the 1,400 jobs, Shields said, but this year they have 1,000 fewer applicants.

“With so many jobs out there, we’re really having to get out there and advertise a lot more,” said Shields.

The PNE is hiring for some skilled positions like bartenders, security officers and carpenters, but most of the jobs are front-line positions, and many applicants are young and nervous, Shields said.

“Their parents escort them in and they’re dressed in their dad’s suit,” she said. “It’s endearing, it’s so sweet.”

Interviews begin today. To apply go online at

Shields’ job interview tips

  • The PNE “looks for enthusiasm and trains for the rest.”

  • The job interviews involve group games, so participate actively, but don’t take over.

  • Dress for a job interview, not a day at the PNE or the beach.