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Despite pandemic, staffing agency sees spike in job opportunities

Malone Workforce Solutions has recently seen an increase in the number of jobs it has available in the Troup County market. 

Jamey Jackson, executive vice president of Malone Workforce Solutions, said there are dozens of jobs they have available. Many of those jobs are with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, as well as many of the company’s suppliers. 

“We’re hiring in a big way right now,” Jackson said. “There seems to be a good bit of demand that’s been built due to the quarantines and our client base here in the Troup County market is starting to ramp up production. There are many factors that go into the forecasts, but car sales look strong in the near term. We’re really excited that we’re the mechanism on the front line of putting our hard-working neighbors back to work.” 

According to Jackson, in the past, staffing agencies are typically the first to close and last to come back when the economy faces hardships. 

“This time around we’re having an early uptick and I think that’s a strong departure from the normal condition,” Jackson said. “I think the bounce back will be greater and quicker than 2008-2009 for those of us who went through that economic period of time.” 

Malone is a 360-degree talent acquisition and staffing provider headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with 88 offices throughout the country. The Malone team specializes in placing salaried candidates ranging in title from vice presidents to staff-level professionals primarily within the automotive and manufacturing industries.  

“People who have lost their jobs or been negatively affected by this pandemic are facing circumstances many have never seen before as they are looking to rejoin the workforce,” Jackson said. “We want to make it as easy as possible for our community to find work that can create immediate opportunities to provide income for their households. So, the quick answer is extremely easy. Interested applicants can go online and visit www.malonesolutions.com to fill out a quick, preliminary application to get the process started. I would certainly advocate that now is the time to apply and get yourself into the queue.” 

Jackson said their staffing partners are taking steps to protect employees when they step into a job. 

“I absolutely think it’s a normal human response to have that concern as our fellow citizens are looking to re-enter the workforce,” Jackson said of worries about COVID-19. “I would say however, that our client partners here in this market are really putting their best efforts forward to try and mitigate those risks. We’re seeing temperature scanners at the entry gates, mandatory mask policies and deep cleaning of facilities on a regular basis. That’s just to name a few measures being taken.” 

Malone has offices in both LaGrange and West Point to help fill positions throughout Troup County.  

“Right now, we’re watching federal, state and local recommendations and those will shape this as we move forward,” Jackson said. “We’re facing many of the same situations that other communities in our state and the rest of the country is, maybe from a more macro approach.  I am a firm believer though that Troup County can figure out how to better Troup County. If we work together to pull the rope in the same direction, we can ensure that our neighbors have the ability to go safely back to work and get back to a prosperous condition for all involved.” 

Jackson said the staffing process at Malone is to help provide a pathway to full-time employment with their clients. 

For more information about Malone Solutions and its job opportunities visit malonesolutions.com or call the West Point office at (706) 645-1321.