Strong turnout for job fair

Applicants sit at tables, filll out forms. Other applicants wait for interviews
Applicants fill out forms and wait for interviews

This summer's Idaho Department of Correction career fair could be one for the books.

About 100 people were waiting when the fair started at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Boise. IDOC Human Resources manager Sharla Means was impressed not only by the quantity but also the quality of the candidates.

"I think we're seeing a real diverse group of people that are coming in to apply and that is what lends to any organization's  ability to do great things is to have people from all kinds of different backgrounds," Means said.

Many of the applicants were drawn to the fair because it featured an expedited application process. They could apply, interview and, if qualified, be hired in just one day.

"People come in and they want to be able to get a job offer by the time that they leave and everything, so that's a big bonus for people. And not having to take the time of going three or four weeks through the process," said Human Resources unit supervisor Bert Hartz.

IDOC is planning to hire about 60 correctional officers to work in the Boise area. Those officers will receive competitive benefits at a starting rate of $13.14 an hour, with an increase to $13.92 after successful completion of entrance probation.

"I hope that people are seeing this as a good place to start their career and the state is a solid place to work and that they can make a difference for our offenders they'd be working with," Means said.

Story published: 07/24/2013
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