Hundreds of jobs coming to Augusta won't just benefit the unemployed

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 11pm / Monday, May 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If you're looking for a job ,or know someone who is, here's some news you can use. An Augusta-based company is looking for workers and they want to hire them right away. Sitel's call center wants to hire 200 new employees.

News 12 is On Your Side with how these openings won't just help the unemployed.

Hair clippers buzzing, that's the sound Prestige Cuts in Augusta is hoping to hear a lot more of.

"They grow, we grow, everybody grows," Cory Kennedy said.

Kennedy owns a barber shop just feet away from Sitel, a call center on Windsor Spring Road.

"Every day at least 10 people come from down there on their break," he said.

Eight hundred employees handle customer service calls for wireless providers and health insurance companies, but now they want to add 200 more which Kennedy hopes triggers a trickle down effect.

"When more people get jobs that means our economy will grow," Kennedy said.

Barbers aren't the only ones welcoming Sitel's new workforce, Augusta Mayor, Deke Copenhaver is too.

"200 new jobs to Augusta, to our area, is huge for the city," he said.

Monday's announcement comes a month after an Augusta based medical billing company said it was moving across the river and bringing new jobs with them. Something Copenhaver says isn't a huge hit, because Augustans can still benefit from jobs in surrounding areas too .

"Those jobs stay in the local economy. That way our local citizens from the entire metro area can take advantage of the opportunity," Copenhaver said.

Sitel is wanting to fill their openings right away. Thursday the company will hold a job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their Windsor Spring Road office. Managers say bring resumes and be ready to work, because a new job could be waiting for you. Something neighboring barbers are pulling for, because that could mean more money for them.

"I hope all of them come. I wish all of them will come," Kennedy said.

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