July 30, 2008

Job Fair in Silver City

By Matt Robinson, The Deming Headlight, N.M.

Jul. 30--How do you feel about getting rid of that morning commute and showing up to work at your leisure? Verety LLC hopes to give Deming and Silver City residents the chance to work as a remote order specialist from home. Verety will be holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Grant County Administration Center at 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City.

The company serves the fast food chain, McDonald's, by providing a force of home-based order specialists. The specialists take orders from the drive-thru at a McDonald's and relay the order to the kitchen. Roberto Montoya, of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, hopes the tech-oriented job will draw attention from local residents.

"With the high unemployment rate in Luna County," said Montoya. "We know there are workers skilled with computers."

Verety is looking to hire 100 to 150 employees. Basic computer skills, along with customer service skills, communication skills and fluency in both English and Spanish are among requirements listed on the flyer for the job fair. The job description reads, "Take orders for fast food restaurant drive-thrus with a focus on accurate, fast and friendly service."

Linda Smrkovsky, director for the Deming/Luna

County Economic Development Corp. hopes a collaboration with the Corre Caminos transit program will help locals get to the job fair.

"The first 40 people to sign up will have their transportation paid," said Smrkovsky. "Rides will leave at 9 a.m. and noon on Thursday at the MVLC (Mimbres Valley Learning Center at 2300 E. Pine St.)."

After the first 40 free spots have been taken, rides will cost $2.50 each way, or $5.00 round-trip. Smrkovsky said she already has 12 people signed up by word of mouth, interested locals are encourage to expedite calls to take advantage of the free ride program.

"Some of the people that have already signed up are 16 and 17 years old," said Smrkovsky. "They're very bright young people."

Those who are given rides via Corre Caminos can expect to stay for approximately one hour at the job fair, according to Smrkovsky.

"Resumes are helpful if they have it," said Montoya. "The enthusiasm of the applicant would probably say a lot."

Remote order specialists will be supplied with a computer, software, a benefits package, a headset, paid training and reimbursement for a DSL connection (high speed Internet connection). Verety is based in Oak Brook, Illinois and has eight locations across the United States including offices in Roswell.

Smrkovsky the Workforce/Economic Development Corporation collaboration as, "A plus."

Call (575) 546-0192 to sign up for a free ride, the first 40 will not be charged.

Matt Robinson can be reached at [email protected]


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