NCR could host more job fairs

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - They're on a fast track and construction is already underway at the new NCR plant. Now the next step for the Fortune 500 company is filling more jobs. Once the renovations to the building are complete, NCR will need employees to fill it. And the local Department of Labor is trying to help the company meet that goal.

The Columbus Career Center is recovering after a weekend of hosting more than 16-hundred job seekers from all stages of life.

Diane Smith with the Department of Labor told News Leader Nine, "We had some people who were laid off and some people who were employed looking for better employment opportunities."

NCR is not only using the Department of Labor to find workers, but they are utilizing other options as well.

Local facts:

NCR, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Quick Start, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development, and Columbus Technical College, will begin the application process for its Columbus facility via the NCR's website  or the Georgia Department of Labor's web site

Job seekers who would like helpful information about proper dress for job interviews, how to write an effective resume, and other employment-related topics may visit

Those holding a Work Ready Certification are also encouraged to apply. Those seeking a Work Ready Certificate may contact Columbus Technical College at 706-649-1822 to schedule their free assessment or Chattahoochee Community College at 334-291-4984 and take the assessment at no cost.

The Vice-President of Global Manufacturing with NCR, Rick Marquardt said, "We're working with the city of Columbus and Georgia Tech and Quick Start and ever available asset we can get our hands on."

For those who didn't make it out to the job fair this weekend, or are looking for a different position, there is another option.

"If they're looking for professional positions however, they need to continue to look at our website because that's where we'll post those jobs," said Smith.

Marquardt added, "We have the website where people can apply. We have job fairs that will be ongoing to continue to staff up."

And of course, Smith says the local Department of Labor will be there to help, "If there are other job fairs that need to be held, we'll hold those job fairs. At this point we have quite a few applications and we should be able to fulfill NCR's needs with those applications."

"This will be a process over a period of time. We'll hire the initial bunch right away and then more will be added as lines come in and production ramps up," Marquardt told News Leader Nine.

The company's move to Columbus is great news for our local economy and even better news for job seekers.