The Georgia Department of Labor’s customized recruiting team is planning a hiring event Sunday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott on Cumberland Boulevard.
China Shipping Container Line is a state-owned Chinese container shipping company under the direct administration of the country’s central government with headquarters in Shanghai. It was established in Shanghai in 1997 and now has a fleet composed of 148 vessels traveling to more than 100 countries around the world.
Their new logistics center, which will not require containers to be transported to or from the site, is set to open in late March or early April on Parkway Place, off Franklin Road south of the 120 Loop.
According to Cindy Morley, who oversees special projects for GDOL, said China Shipping is looking for customer service representatives, arrangers of imports and exports, and coordinators for equipment control and intermodal transport.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the location in Cobb is a natural fit because the computerized center demands employees with talent in technology, which the residents of north Georgia can supply.
Butler, who served for eight years in the Georgia General Assembly representing Carroll and Haralson counties, became the labor commissioner in January 2011.
A new back-to-work initiative
The hiring event this weekend is similar to one a recruiting team had in Macon last week that drew more than 1,300 people.
Butler said nearly two years ago the department started a pilot program to work with companies moving to Georgia.
This coordination with private industry is to ensure Georgians are on a steady track toward re-employment.
For every 150 job openings, the GDOL sifts through 6,000 applications at a quick rate, Butler said.
“We almost become their HR department for a while,” Butler said.
Since the initiative started, Butler said the department has placed more than 6,000 job seekers, with more than 80 percent of the people placed taken off the unemployment insurance rolls.
“We don’t want to be just the unemployment office. We want to be the employment office,” Butler said.
Georgia’s unemployment rate stands at 7.4 percent, compared to the national rate of 6.7 percent.
Butler said the state’s rate has steadily declined, and although there may be bumps up, he predicts the trend will continue down.
The construction industry has seen growth sooner than expected, Butler said, which spurs job development in other industries.
Butler said the GDOL wants to do more than provide benefit checks, but also help catch mistakes made by job seekers, such as missteps in the interview process.
“Things they have never even heard they should or should not do,” Butler said.
HOW TO APPLY ...
• WHAT: Georgia Department of Labor hiring event
• WHO: China Shipping Container Line
• WHERE: Courtyard Marriott at 3000 Cumberland Boulevard
• WHEN: Feb. 23 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
• WHY: To fill about 60 positions with applicants who have at least three years of experience in the logistics industry
• HOW: Submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ‘career opportunities’ section of chinashippingna.com, or go to the GDOL’s website employgeorgia.gov, click on the ‘Find A Job’ link, and use job order number 8148911.