Over 1000 apply to work at new supermarket
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 4:47p.m.
By Adam Ray
More than 1000 people descended on offices in South Auckland today for supermarket job interviews.
Only 160 jobs are on offer at the new Countdown store, but with the recession biting, many more people are looking for work.
"We've been waiting for a long time and all of us are very tired," says jobseeker Vimbai Murefu.
Many waited for three hours just to get inside the building, only to face more queues.
"Massive turnout," says May Walker. "Even when I was at that end down there by grass… there was more people coming through."
With more than 40 staff and 20 interview rooms operating, Countdown couldn't keep up. The queues got so long that people were been told come back tomorrow or Saturday.
"I arrived at seven o'clock, and we had a number of people waiting in the foyer and actual interviews weren't due to start till nine," says Countdown manager Wayne Dohmen.
Countdown says the huge turnout here reflects their extensive advertising in local media and at other stores, but the huge turnout shows just how many are jobless in the recession.
Manukau has been hard hit. Cuts in the manufacturing and distribution sectors pushed its jobless rate to 9.2 percent, well above the national average of 6.5 percent.
While most applicants are local, some are recent arrivals like Andrew Williams from Britain.
"It's a bit like this in the UK as well."
The new supermarket opens in March. For those lucky enough to get the jobs being offered, the next queues they will face will be at the checkout counter.
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24/03/2010 10:41:17 a.m.
sickness benefit wrote:
I suffered a brain injury. And every year i had to reapply for a benefit, the stress was just too much. Work and Income showed no compassion at all. This, yes this stress alone, 'causes' convulsions.I remember reading in the NZ Herald some years ago about a beneficiary who died due to pressure of Social Welfare doing just this. He convulsed to his death but, Social Welfare shrugged it off as not being their fault. WELL THEY'RE WRONG!
21/01/2010 9:20:04 p.m.
way of life wrote:
congratulations Dea, god willing you keep it. To all those looking for work, dont despair. Everything we have is coming from God, there are lessons to be learnt along the way, maybe more upskilling is needed or you just need to weigh up the alternatives. Whatever you do, keep God in your heart and He will guide you for best. Whatever He takes away he will replace with better...as for me, I have credentials, I have worked all my life, I have lived and travelled overseas until I came back last year and have been looking for a job since...and when God deems it time to bless me with the right position He will. Dont get caught up in the trappings of this life, yes we must work and we are ordered to but use it to help others, better your character and be grateful for what ever comes your way, whether good or bad because what you may see as bad may have some good in it. The Dalai Lama summed up this life in a poem-"We have bigger houses but smaller families;More conveniences but less time;We have more Degrees but less sense;More knowledge but less judgements.More experts but more problems;More medicines but less healthiness.We've been all the way to the moon and back;But we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.These are times of fast foods but slow digestion.Tall man but short character;Steep profits but shallow relationships.It is a Time when there is much in the window;But nothing in the room."
21/01/2010 9:05:58 p.m.
omg, i so agree wid sia being random, but,yea being a school leaver is soo FREAKING hard to find a job,
21/01/2010 7:23:48 p.m.
I just finished uni and got a job within two weeks...
21/01/2010 6:36:51 p.m.
Sia Siafa wrote:
It's so hard to find work! I'm a school leaver and I'm finding it impossible!
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