9/27/2017 – Caldwell is Hiring highlights ongoing growth in county

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by admin


September 27, 2017


By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic


Jobs in Caldwell County are changing, and Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray knows it.


That’s why this fall’s 15th Caldwell is Hiring isn’t just about getting people jobs, it’s about getting people better jobs.


The event started in 2010 as a way to give people in Caldwell hope that there were jobs out there for them at a time when the unemployment rate was barely below its peak of 17 percent, though now the number has been as low as 4 percent his year. In 2010, there were 15 employers at the event; now there will be 50 – and the game has changed.


The event is about helping people who have jobs find better jobs now, Murray said, and showing people that better jobs are available at companies in Caldwell County. The event opens people’s eyes to the growing number of jobs and businesses right in their own backyard.


“This is about telling people there are opportunities here for the taking,” Murray said.


The companies that will be at the event will have more than 2,000 jobs available, in areas from industrial and machinery to customer service and health care. Many Caldwell companies will be there, along with companies from outside the county.


“We believe the very best jobs are being created in Caldwell County,” Murray said.


More of the jobs require higher qualifications or training, some is provided on-site at certain companies, but this isn’t meant to deter people from coming, Murray said. She hopes it shows people what kind of jobs are out there, even if they aren’t qualified for the position yet.


To get qualified, Murray said she encourages people to get training at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, and also to aspire higher.


“Caldwell is Hiring is not the end of the process … It’s simply another way to expose Caldwell’s resident to different opportunities,” Murray said.


Murray added that getting these jobs takes perseverance, and while going to the big event may not seem like the best way to get them, she thinks it makes the job hunt efficient by putting all of the jobs in one place.


“If you’re somebody that doesn’t want to (utilize) a morning waiting in line for a job … then maybe you aren’t serious enough about improving your income and career opportunities,” Murray said.


Murray said the best determination of how well the event works is not about how many people get jobs. Instead, she said it’s more about getting individuals to expand their outlook. She added that she is pleased that most, if not all, of the companies that are participating have attended Caldwell is Hiring in the past.



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