November 7, 2012

Maine call center to fill 400 temporary jobs in wake of Sandy

By Jessica Hall jhall@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

ORONO – A Georgia comapny with a Maine office won a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract to provide call-center services for people seeking federal disaster assistance and relief referrals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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A badly damaged home is entangled with a vehicle along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Temperatures dipped toward freezing early Monday, and tens of thousands of people without power along the ravaged Atlantic coastline faced the prospect of finding somewhere else to stay. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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The Maine Department of Labor said Atlanta-based NexxLinx must fill 400 temporary positions at its Orono facility. The jobs will last from two weeks to six months.

“NexxLinx has a week to fill 400 temporary, full-time positions – about 50 per day – and we’re calling on the CareerCenter, Maine Job Bank, the University System and the Veterans Administration to help us help NexxLinx find qualified candidates,” said Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette. “This is exactly what we want to do – help employers find good employees.”

Applicants must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Wages are $11.69 per hour, plus $3.71 additional for health and welfare, for a total of $15.40 per hour. Supervisors will earn from $18 to $20 per hour, the Department of Labor said.

“We’re thankful for the support from Department of Labor, and it’s great to see private companies like ours work so closely with state and rederal agencies in the aftermath of this horrible tragedy,” said NexxLinx Chief Executive Craig Mento. 

Job seekers interested in learning more about the available positions are encouraged to search the Maine Job Bank, https://gateway.maine.gov/dol/mjb/, visit the Bangor CareerCenter or visit NexxLinx’s website at www.nexxlinx.com.

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