Three of the approximately 50 people who applied for jobs during Friday’s job fair at the Union County Advanced Technology Center were hired on the spot and officials with the staffing agency conducting the fair said they expect more to be hired in the days ahead.
The job fair was conducted by Ambassador Personnel on behalf of three companies — two of them in Union County — seeking to fill a combined total of more than 40 positions. One of the Union County firms is looking for a total of 10 machine operators, grinders and heat treat technicians. All the applicants for these positions have to have previous work experience and be able to work any shift.
The second Union County firm is looking to hire a facilities maintenance supervisor. The third firm, which is based outside Union County, is looking to hire 20 commercial electricians and 10 experienced x-ray welders.
Caroline Rogers, branch manager for Ambassador Personnel, said three of those positions were filled Friday morning and she expects more to be filled in the days ahead.
“We filled three positions on the spot, a welder, an electrician and a machine operator,” Rogers said. “We knew the companies needed them ASAP so we just sent them on to Gaffney to get processed.
“We got a great resume for the facilities maintenance supervisor and passed it on to the company,” she said. “We had a lot of experienced machine operators to apply, a lot of people who’d been laid off from Monarch Mills, and we had several electricians and welders. Once our staffing coordinators review the applications and resumes we received today we expect to fill more positions.”
Rogers and Staffing Coordinator Debbie Raines accepted approximately 50 applications and resumes during Friday’s job fair and while they did get a number of applicants with the required experience, training and background sought by the companies represented by Ambassador at the fair, Rogers said a number of those who applied did not. However, she said Ambassador will nevertheless seek to place them with other potential employers.
“We didn’t have enough qualified applicants to fill the positions we were looking for today,” Rogers said. “There were, however, a lot of applicants who had excellent work experience that we’ll hopefully be able to place with other clients in the Upstate area.”
Rogers said Ambassador will hold another job fair in Union County in the near future, possibly within the next two weeks. She said persons applying for a job through Ambassador must bring with them a copy of a criminal background check and verifiable references.
Persons interested in applying for a job through Ambassador can do so in person at its office at 424 Hyatt St., Suite F, in Gaffney. For more information about Ambassador Personnel and its services call 864-488-0047.