Job hunting? Temp agencies are looking for qualified applicants

Asheville Staffing Resources agency owner Tim Lowe said he can't find enough candidates for the open jobs that companies are looking to fill. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Asheville-area temp agencies are recruiting job candidates that pay above minimum wage.

Asheville Staffing Resources agency owner Tim Lowe said he can't find enough candidates for the open jobs that companies are looking to fill. He said many jobs are part-time that employers plan to make full-time jobs.

"I don't know that I've seen it any tighter when it comes to employment," Lowe said. "At both our locations, (Asheville and Hendersonville) we're looking for people willing to work. We would like to see more applicants."

Lowe knows the low unemployment rate is the main reason why there are fewer candidates walking in temp agencies looking for work. But jobs paying slightly above minimum wage are plentiful.

"It's a different atmosphere than I've ever been used to," Samantha Glaspy said, who is now doing clerical work for Christie's Lighting Gallery in South Asheville.

Temp agency Friday Staffing placed her at the retail showroom where she's worked less than a month.

Glaspy is earning $12 per hour. The recent Appalachian State graduate said she was in another temp job that came to an end, but her agency had no problem quickly placing her again.

"I waited a weekend," Glaspy said. "And I was already working again."

Dale Moore, 23, started part-time for Continental, a brake caliper manufacturer.

"I just applied and the next day I came in they gave me an interview," Moore said.

He's since been bumped to full-time and is expected to make $14 per hour.

Agencies are advertising jobs on various employment websites including Craigslist. They welcome anyone interested to come in and apply.

Agencies tell News 13 there are numerous job openings that pay above minimum wage in the area.

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