Business booming for those with the right skills

Posted November 13, 2013
Updated November 14, 2013

— 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.

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"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 logo 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. JobMatch logo 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.


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  • uropinionmatters Nov 15, 2013

    what a slap in the face to all the people they laid off within the past 10 months...Ppl who loved
    their jobs and worked hard for them during the times "business was not booming, They strategically let ppl go after the changes to the unemployment benefits. Loved the company hate the politics,

  • carolinarox Nov 14, 2013

    Red Green, you deleted a sentence regarding what these jobs pay, but even they pay only minimum wage, it's still a job. Everyone has to start somewhere. Some of the jobs are sales positions which probably involve commissions that can quickly build for someone willing to go out and hustle. Most of us start a job making less than we think we're worth. We either rise up through the ranks or we have experience to put on our resume while we search for something better.

    Honestly, it never crossed my mind to exploit someone's undocumented status, I was referring to the work ethic and can-do attitude that many undocumented workers exhibit. "A Person" made what I felt to be a disparaging remark that sounded much like these jobs were only fit for "illegal aliens."

  • Red Green Nov 14, 2013

    “So you are above this type of work? I'd hire 5 undocumented workers over someone with your attitude. At least they are willing to work and don't expect to waltz in and be the CEO on the first day.”

    To be truthful what business owner wouldn’t want to hire employees willing put up with anything (substandard wages w/ no benefits) from an employer just to have a job? Here’s the question though, is he really looking to be CEO on his first day or expecting a reasonable days pay for a reasonable days work?

  • notkidding Nov 14, 2013

    First: The title of the story does not go with the story ("Booming"?).

    Second: If these are the available jobs, we're worse off than I thought.

  • OleNCNative Nov 14, 2013

    What we need a more public education!!!

  • misschris234 Nov 14, 2013

    "How audacious. How about what they mean is there are not jobs that offer a living wage. -atozca"

    So how much were the jobs at Pergo offering?

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Nov 14, 2013

    “Business booming for those with the right skills?!?”

    I can still blame Obama for me being an unemployed VCR repair technician's assistant, right????


  • shallottemustang Nov 14, 2013

    Simple supply and demand. If you offer a good job with decent pay and you have a good reputation with current and previous employees you will get applicants. If not, well...

    I'm no advocate for ANY government help. What I do think needs to happen though is for corporate America to stop placing profit on the backs of employees...especially when you pay some of your CEOs these rediculous salaries because your friends with the board. Wages are being paid to workers today that are equivalent to wages 20 years ago. But most things are now more expensive. The middle class has been squeezed for all it can bare and people wonder why the economy hasn't rebounded.

    Start paying fair / livable handouts...and things can improve. Otherwise where we are headed no one wants to go.

  • atozca Nov 14, 2013

    What they mean to say is "there are no jobs where I can make a lot of money with little input".
    Click to view my profile misschris234

    How audacious. How about what they mean is there are not jobs that offer a living wage.

    We are making more money renting out rooms and doing odd and end jobs than we are being offered in salary. I have a college degree but it is too old. Apparently my husband is too old as well. We used to own our own construction husband has worked as a carpenter for 40 years and now can not earn a living in his field. It is a sad reality.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 14, 2013

    Great News !!