Two hundred jobs are coming to Aiken County, and there are far more than 200 applicants to fill them.
"As of 10 AM we already received 1,000 applications," Bridgestone Vice-President Fran Jones said.
For these 200 machine technician positions Bridgestone is only accepting applications online; they say that saves applicants the hassle of standing in line and helps them more efficiently weed through the thousands of applications. That doesn't mean it's a perfect system yet, but:
"It's much smoother than healthcare dotgov, so we're moving right along," Jones joked.
If job seekers don't have Internet at home, no problem: They can visit an SCWorks One Stop site, like the one located in Aiken at 1571 Richland Avenue.
"Basically, it's perfect, you walk in, you get assistance, people help you," one job seeker, Charmis Green, said.
But, just like healthcare dotgov, there's a lot of demand.
"It's packed in there," another applicant, Melsha Thomas said. "All the computers are booked up so I'm going to do it at home online."
Some job seekers have been out of jobs for months, but that doesn't mean they're down and out.
"That's not easy, but I'm quite fortunate I've made it through," Green said, "and I heard about this job so I'm going to put in, and good luck."
And if his luck and application are good:
"Well, it will change my life like a 360. Totally."
So, if you or someone you know are looking for that kind of change- listen carefully to this advice:
"Everybody apply, come on down," Jones said. We asked if she really meant that. So, on second, thought, "Don't come down; apply online."
You can do that here.
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