New Lismore Masters hardware store offer 100 local jobs
AS UNEMPLOYMENT on the Northern Rivers remains at a worrying high, Masters Home Improvement has confirmed it will employ about 100 staff at its new Lismore store.
Construction on the $11.5 million Woolworths-owned chain store on the Bruxner Highway at South Lismore is progressing as planned and it is expected to open in early February next year.
Meanwhile, competition is heating up among desperate jobseekers, as the region struggles to lower its 13% general unemployment rate and 19.8% youth unemployment rate.
Masters Lismore general manager, Greg McMahon, said he'd been inundated with job applications since some positions were made public last Friday.
"We've had lots of interest, but we're very happy with the team we're building," he said.
"There's about 20 jobs already onboard.
Greg's advice for Masters jobseekers:
- Have a passion for retail.
- Ensure you're a team player.
- Be customer focused and have strong service skills.
- Appliance and/or kitchen sales experience preferred.
- Call (07) 3213 4357 or visit the Woolworths group careers website to apply.
"We've built our management team and all the trades specialists, but we're still looking for people with appliance and kitchen sales experience.
"We were at the show (North Coast National) Thursday, Friday, Saturday and we had a whole lot of interest there."
Mr McMahon said Masters was proud it is able to contribute to lowering regional unemployment.
"We're very happy to be part of and able to help the community with that large unemployment problem," he said.
Masters is working with Diversity Dimensions consultants to ensure it hires a diverse range of workers, including indigenous employees, according to Mr McMahon.
"I've been on board for a couple of years and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Masters do care about their people and the communities they come into."