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Hundreds Of People Come Out For Open Job Interviews

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jul. 8, 2014 6:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 8, 2014 6:39 PM EDT
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Scott Depot , Putnam County , West Virginia

Mamadu Balde is unemployed and has been looking for full-time work since losing his job with an oil and gas company 6 months ago. Balde was one of hundreds of people hoping to land something steady with Toyota through open interviews held Tuesday in Putnam County.

"This is an opportunity for me to try and get into something that I’m going to have a future in, and grow into," said Mamadu Balde, who is looking for a job after being laid off from his previous one.

People at the open interviews at Manpower were applying to fill positions at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Buffalo. Job seekers filled out papers, took a drug test, and had a short interview. This is one of the first times manpower has held an event like this.

"Because of the masses of people that we need to get in, to go through the process and to get out to work," said Manpower CFO Marie Lewis.

The latest national jobs report shows 288,000 positions were added last month. Lewis said there has been a big increase in jobs in our region.

"We need general laborers, and we need skilled laborers, and clerical people," Lewis added.

The jobs at Toyota are long-term temporary jobs that can go up to six years, and that is what Balde is looking for.

"I want something stable and something that I can be able to generate money to take care of my family," added Balde.



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