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Target looks for employees

by Christy Chalmers

No matter how big the job fair, Nevada state employment officials can handle it.

They’re planning one now for the Target store under construction in the Indian Hills area.

“You give us the job requirements for X number of positions available, and we’ll find people whose qualifications match them,” said Karen Rhodes, public information officer for the state department of employment, training and rehabilitation. “We get rid of all the middle work.”

Target has enlisted the department to handle screening for the 200 people it hopes to hire to staff the store, which is to open in October.

Rhodes said the department is now taking applications for six to eight executive staff members. The department will present a list of qualified candidates to Target officials, who will then interview them and make final hiring decisions.

The rest of the workforce will probably be hired sometime in August. Kristin Knach, a media liaison for Target, said the company will likely hold a job fair, preceded by plenty of announcements.

Rhodes said the state keeps a database of people needing jobs, and some will be referred to Target. Carson City, Carson Valley and even the south shore communities at Lake Tahoe are expected to provide much of the labor.

“We’re at a very low unemployment rate now and that means these types of positions are more difficult to fill,” said Rhodes. “It’s a job-seeker’s paradise right now. If you have marketable skills, you can go out and find a job you really want to have.”

Already, current advertisements list several jobs that will be available. Though Rhodes couldn’t give a specific number, she said the response to Target’s ads has been “really good.”

“I would assume right up until the deadline we’ll be taking applications,” said Rhodes.

She said the department offers its labor-finding service to any business in Nevada. Clients have ranged from the Schlotzsky’s Deli, a restaurant that opened earlier in the year in Carson City, to the Mirage, a massive hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Target store will be accompanied by a Home Depot store that is to be built in the same complex. Rhodes said her department has not yet been contacted by Home Depot about the possibility of helping with the hiring process.