OLYMPIA - Thurston County WorkSource and Westfield Capital mall have teamed up to stage a job fair at the mall this week, the first in a series that could generate more job applicants and stimulate shopping activity at the same time.
WorkSource, a partner with Employment Security, has organized a hiring event from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday for Affiliated Computer Services, a company that operates an in-bound call center in Tumwater.
This is not the first time that WorkSource and ACS have teamed up; a fall event was attended by about seven people, ESD spokeswoman Sheryl Hutchison said.
The mall offers more parking than the WorkSource office in Tumwater and likely will generate more job applicants, she said.
“It’s extra exposure for WorkSource and will drive some additional traffic to the (shopping) center,” Westfield Capital spokeswoman Jessica Curtis added.
The hiring event also comes at a good time because Thurston County’s jobless rate increased to 8.7 percent in January after the county shed 2,200 jobs.
ACS is looking to fill 90 positions for its Tumwater call center, spokesman Chris Gilligan said. The center handles incoming calls for the telecommunications industry, offering customer service and answering billing and troubleshooting questions, he said.
Another reason the hiring event is being held at the mall is that it potentially offers a larger pool of applicants for an industry known for its employee turnover, Hutchison said. In addition to the fall job fair, ACS sought to hire people for its call centers in June. The company then was looking to hire 200 people, 100 each for its call centers in Tumwater and Auburn. It also announced it was looking to hire 200 people for those same locations in March, according to a June story in The Olympian.
Hutchison said people who are hired for the positions earn $9 per hour during six weeks of training, then can earn $8.55 per hour to $14 per hour, depending on productivity.
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