Job-seekers on the hunt as West Company hiring continues
WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Some job seekers looked for opportunities in Wausau on Friday, where West Corporation is still looking to fill dozens of positions during the next few weeks.
The constantly changing economy has some job seekers down on their luck. But many said they think things are looking up.
The search for a steady paycheck can be a time-consuming task.
"I moved to Wausau six months ago and I've been trying to find a job with benefits," said Amanda Allgaier, who lives in Wausau. "A 401K plan would be really nice, some health insurance."
Especially with hundreds of layoffs in the Wausau area during the past couple months, job-seekers say their hunt can seem more like a competition.
"It's a bit nerve-wracking to go out and know that suddenly 400 other people are looking for jobs too," said Allgaier.
In December, West Corporation officials announced a goal of hiring more than 100 new employees. They said they're well on their way. And they're still looking for more names to add to their growing payroll, for positions like account managers and sales associates.
"I've been very impressed with the Wausau area because it's a community that's very rich in experience and that type of sales consulting experience," said Katie Johnson, who works as the human resources director for West. "Great communicators. I'm very excited about what we've seen so far."
"I think West is going to be a really positive force that's coming into Wausau," said Connie Tesky, who lives in Wausau.
Tesky said her daughter recently got a job with West, so on Friday, she brought her resume to the table.
"I talked with Katie [Johnson] for a few minutes, gave her my resume, she looked it over," said Tesky. "I told her I was a registered nurse. She set up an interview for Monday afternoon and I'm pretty excited about that so we'll see how that goes."
West leaders said they still plan to hire 70 new people in the next 3 or 4 weeks, filling about 200 positions overall -- opening the door of opportunity to job seekers who hope the best is yet to come.