Valentine's Day means seasonal employees sought locally

Valentine's Day means seasonal employees sought locally

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by RICHARD DEVAYNVE / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 3:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of job seekers are hoping for a sweet answer from the company that hires for ProFlowers and Sheri's Berries.

A job fair was held Tuesday to bring in more than 600 seasonal workers. The jobs, which will help with the high demand during Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, could last a few weeks. For Shereika Reid it’s a chance for her to help support her struggling family, even as the number of the area's unemployed continues to shrink.

"It’s been long, hard -- been getting calls but it’s my faith that keeps me, but it’s hard." Reid said. "Right now I have two children and a husband, and there's no income right now because he's not working."

In fact, her husband and mother also attended the event looking for work. "I pray that they'll probably pick me up," she said.

Applicants will be able to work in the warehouse on a number of different types of jobs, and for some there will be a chance for to gain a permanent position.

"We'll run the operation with about 30 people non-peak, and when we go to the peak we'll have 650 people," said Taryn Hamilton, who acts as senior manager and field human relations manager with the Provide-Commerce company. "We have open positions. We always post them after peak periods. People really get to see what these jobs are all about."

She said that all 30 employees who work at the warehouse are full time, and all current employees start as seasonal associates.

With more than 650 positions to fill there are still some available.

Interested people can send an email to Hamilton at thamilton@providecommerce.com.

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