HOBART | Karen Sklanka is retired but came Tuesday to a job recruitment fair hoping to get hired by Teleperformance Americall.
"I'm looking for part-time employment. I retired in April, but am finding I can't live on Social Security alone. ... This is perfect for me. I need to work," said Sklanka, 64.
Sklanka was one of about 150 individuals who came to the job recruitment fair at Festival Park Community Center.
Teleperformance Americall, a call center off 61st Avenue, is adding 300 to 400 employees in the next 30 to 60 days, Joe Bergquist said.
Bergquist, who serves as assistant call center manager, said some 178 individuals also had applied online.
Interest in the jobs has been keen.
"We had to open the doors at the community center an hour early today because we had about 30 people waiting in line. Now it's been a steady stream of people coming in. It's a great opportunity for us to get new employees," he said.
Teleperformance Americall is accepting applications to fill full- and part-time positions, the majority of which are customer service/sales, recruiting manager Jennifer Donaldson said.
In addition, the company is hiring licensed insurance agents, Donaldson said.
Donaldson and recruiting manager Gina Mendonca were on hand to give an overview of the company, discuss job requirements and answer questions.
Applicants have included college-age students to retired senior citizens, Donaldson said.
Chuck Brady, 58, of Merrillville, is looking to work full time and doesn't mind if it's a day or night shift.
"I've been unemployed for a year," Brady said.
Sandy Hollis, 42, of Hammond, already has a supervisor's position at Catholic Charities in Chicago and is looking for a second job.
"I just recently purchased a townhome and am looking to earn extra income," Hollis said.
Debbie Grant, 58, of Chesterton, and Jacqueline Walczak, 51, of Portage, both worked at an insurance company where the owner recently retired, leaving them without jobs.
The two women joined Michael Nav, 53, of Hobart, who is also unemployed.
"This looks like a good opportunity. It's a really boost for the area," Nav said.
Individuals interested in applying can go online at www.teleperformance.com or go to the center, 1901 Northwind Parkway, Hobart.
The direct recruitment line is (219) 947-8702.