Business booming for those with the right skills
Posted November 13, 2013
Updated November 14, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — At the Pergo flooring plant in Garner, there is no shortage of open positions. Hiring Manager Mary Hennessey said business is booming, and she's looking to add 25 new employees.
Pergo will be among the companies looking for the right fit Thursday at the Capital Area Career Expo at McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.
"We have a lot of people who are doing renovations on their homes, and that has boosted our sales up," Hennessey said.
Pergo currently employs 300 people in Garner and as the real estate market rebounds, they are looking to expand but struggling to find employees.
"We not only have production positions, we have marketing positions, we have finance positions," Hennessey said.
The imbalance, between available jobs and applicants qualified for the more technical positions is not uncommon, said Pat Sturdivant, director of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. WRAL, JobLink join forces for job fair
"Industries are looking for industry-specific skills," she said. "There's not a lot of training right now."
But she pointed out that workshops, like those offered by the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, can help job seekers build up new skills.
Thursday's job fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, includes workshops targeted at retired military, those with a criminal record and older job seekers or career changers. Job Match: Find local jobs
Hennessey said hiring managers like the face-to-face atmosphere of a job fair to find that right match.
"We're able to talk to them about the positions that we have, and sometimes we're able to find a fit right there on site," she said.