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Apex job prompts more than 900 applicants

Posted July 14, 2009

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— An opening for a full-time customer service person for the city of Apex prompted 973 applications – a record for the city, officials said.

“It’s very sad when you look at the applicants, (and) you know that probably all of them can do the job,” Apex Human Resources Director Eleanor Green said. “A lot of them that have lost jobs have had much higher-paying jobs.”

Job market Hundreds of applicants try to get few jobs

It's the same situation all over the Triangle. Large numbers of people are applying for the few jobs that are available.

In Raleigh, 197 people recently applied for one customer service position. An administrative assistant position attracted 198 applicants, and a 911 operator job had 242 applicants.

“Jobs are coming onto the market so slowly that everyone’s watching to see what comes on,” Employment Security Commission Chairman Moses Carey Jr. said. “So you have people applying for that position who might not have applied for that position a year or two ago.”

Queenie Johnson has been looking for a job for seven months. “It’s really terrible,” she said.

Johnson has been sending out about four applications a week.

“Everybody’s looking for a job,” she said.

About 460,000 people collected North Carolina unemployment benefits in the past month. The average time a person spends on unemployment is 13.3 weeks.


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  • Baba Booey Jul 15, 2009


    Of the 973 applicants, 900 will either be OVER qualified or UNDER qualified due to economic reasons.

    I'd look for someone with experience in a similar job in local government. Someone who has experience dealing with the town's residents.

    That should narrow your list to under 10 CANDIDATES OR LESS.

    If you hire someone who's over qualified, you're going to have to start this process all over again once the economy recovers.

  • furburg Jul 15, 2009

    973 people for one job LOL This must be part of that change Obama was talking about.

  • james27613 Jul 14, 2009

    90% of the applicants will be overqualified, will end up leaving inless then six months when they land a job that is a match to their skills and education.