The Arizona Multihousing Association is hosting its first property management career and job fair on Tuesday, October 11th at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Twenty of the largest apartment management companies are coming together with approximately a thousand job openings for this career and job fair, and are looking to recruit new talent for their companies in this growing industry.  No previous experience is necessary; apartment management companies invest time and money into professional training and development of their staff.

“There are 54 apartment companies in the Valley that each represent approximately 20 apartment communities; each apartment community has the need to fill five to 10 positions,” says Pam Shelton, principal with Allison-Shelton Real Estate Services. “Greystar alone manages 50 apartment communities, and they have 200 positions in their south regional office.”

The job fair will promote openings available span across the Valley with apartment properties in every area. Employers are mainly looking to fill positions in leasing and maintenance for the apartment industry.

“We are always looking for bright, hardworking individuals,” Shelton says. “We find that many people outside of our industry don’t know about all of the opportunities we have.  There are always new positions being created at our properties, and we are looking for dynamic people we can train for a lifetime career opportunity.”

There is room for growth and even possible relocation as some positions aren’t located in the Phoenix-Metro area. The management companies span the entire Southwest, and this job fair will offer opportunities to relocate around the state of Arizona, southern Utah, Denver and Las Vegas.

The companies will train the hired with an introduction into property management and the real estate industry. It takes transferable skills such as experience in retail and customer service to work in the property management industry. Maintenance persons and knowledgeable construction workers are encouraged to apply as the demand for apartment upkeep is high.

“What potential employees should hope to find is a career in property management,” Shelton says. “They can start out in leasing and in a year’s time they can manage an apartment community.”

The apartment market is very strong right now; new communities are coming on board across the Valley.

“The people who lost their homes or their loans defaulted don’t qualify to buy a new home, so there is more demand for rental housing, and that demand for apartments is increasing along with the people who will manage and maintain them,” Shelton says.

Advice For Job Fair Candidates

Because training is provided and no experience is necessary, it’s important to have a clean resume that plays up the skills of customer service, sales or construction certification.

“Look at the resume, and point out all the experience skills they have in CS sales skill, HBAC certification, training they have in plumbing or electrical; voice those strengths,” Shelton says. “We are anticipating hundreds of applicants. To be noticed, candidates need to highlight the strengths that they can bring to the property management companies.”

Job Fair applicants are invited to go to the Phoenix Convention Center to apply and interview for all open and future positions from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 11. More than 20 of the largest management companies in Arizona will be gathering at the Phoenix Convention Center to conduct personal interviews with applicants. This growing industry needs new talent at every level in their organizations – from leasing/sales to maintenance team members.

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What: Arizona Multihousing Association Property Management Career Fair

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011; 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Phoenix Convention Center; West Building; Room 101 A-C, 100 N. 3rd St.

Applicants are encouraged to use the light rail. Parking is also available on the street and in the parking structures near the convention center.  Parking will not be validated.

Who: Applicants who are interested in a dynamic career in the apartment industry. No property management experience necessary for positions in leasing, operations and maintenance. Job seekers should bring at least 15 copies of their resumes.

More: More information about the AzMA career and job fair can be found at

Facebook: Arizona Multihousing Association

Participating Employers (to date): Greystar, Fairfield Residential, Sullens & Euchner, HSL Residential, P.B. Bell Companies, Mark-Taylor Residential, Allison-Shelton Real Estate Services, Alliance Residential Company, MC Companies, ARC Southwest, Camden, MEB Management Services, Weidner, Lincoln Property Company and Equity Residential will be recruiting at this career fair.