November 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2012 CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009
Recruitment of candidates will continue to gear up to assist in Sandy relief efforts
BANGOR— In response to NexxLinx’s immediate need to fill 400 call-center positions in support of Superstorm Sandy recovery, the Bangor CareerCenter will remain open on Monday, Nov. 12, the observance of Veterans Day. Job seekers interested in the temporary call-center positions can visit the Bangor CareerCenter to begin the application process.
All other CareerCenters and Department of Labor offices will remain closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
The call-center jobs will last anywhere from two weeks to six months. The department encourages all interested individuals to apply for these positions. Upon arriving at the Bangor CareerCenter, applicants must complete an online application and pass a short skills test. Candidates meeting those requirements are directed to NexxLinx to complete the rest of the hiring process, including customary background checks, credit checks, and fingerprinting.
“The turnout so far has been strong with more than 150 applicants being referred to NexxLinx,” said Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette. “Although we take honoring our veterans seriously at the Department of Labor, especially through the services we provide through the CareerCenters for veterans, we know that jobs like these are important for Mainers and for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. We anticipate that opening the Bangor CareerCenter on Monday will attract more applicants for these positions.”
She added, “This project exemplifies the type of services the CareerCenters can provide local businesses. We want to let employers know that we can help them address their workforce issues and make choices that will benefit their businesses. CareerCenters are really ‘business centers.’”
Successful candidates must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Bi-lingual ability, specifically Spanish, is a plus. Agent salary is $11.69 per hour plus $3.71 additional for Health and Welfare for a total of $15.40 per hour. Supervisors will earn from $18 to $20 per hour, depending on experience.
Job seekers interested in learning more about the available positions are encouraged to search the Maine Job Bank, visit the Bangor CareerCenter or visit NexxLinx’s website at www.nexxlinx.com. The Bangor CareerCenter, located at 45 Oak Street, Suite 3 in Bangor, is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday; staff can be reached at (207) 561-4050 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711).
CareerCenters offer a variety of free workshops and services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. More information is available at www.mainecareercenter.com .
Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.