Sykes Enterprises Holding Job Fair

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

More than two hundred jobs are up for grabs. Those jobs are at Sykes Enterprises after officials announced a long awaited return to Perry County.

The Sykes Enterprises Job Fair began Thursday morning at 10:30am and within the first few hours hundreds of people had been in to apply at the call center.

"I need a way to financially support myself and my children and Sykes, I worked here before and I loved it," said Former Sykes Employee Melissa Smith.

Melissa Smith says applying at the Sykes job fair was like a family reunion as former employees gathered in a building they used to come to every week.

"We are using this strictly as a job fair, informing the potential applicants as to what we have available and running them through the application process," said Sykes Site Director Chris Melton.

And they expect thousands of people to come by over the next few days to apply at the call center.

"We'll be 100% in bound. We'll be supporting two different clients, one will be a financial services client or a bank and the other is a Fortune 100 communications client and it's a phone company," Melton said.

By the end of the year more than 200 people will be employed by Sykes and the call agents will start at $8.25 an hour and can make up to $11 an hour.

"There's a lot of people that is on so low income right now and they're struggling and working two and three jobs. I've done it, been there done that, so I'm looking forward to working one job, making really good money," said Sykes Applicant Rhonda Bowen.

New Sykes employees will start work at the beginning of August.

"Obviously when people make money, the more money they spend and it's going to help all the businesses around Hazard and help the economy grow," said Jason Marlowe.

The Sykes job fair runs until 8:00pm Thursday night and will continue Friday from 10:30 in the morning until 8:00 in the evening and Saturday from 8:00am until 4:00pm.

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