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Over 500 jobs for youth in Hattiesburg this October

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Costomer Service Academy 

This year nearly 20 employers will try to fill just a few of over 500 positions at this year's Customer Service Academy Interview Day in October.

"I need to hire about 5 people," said the manager of Shoe Carnival.

 "We already have one Academy Student and he has worked out well for us. I am looking forward to finding several students at once," the manager said.

That is one of the big advantages for employers who have to hire multiple people for the holiday season.

This is good news for pine belt youth. This past summer the unemployment rate for Mississippi was the highest in the nation at 23.6 % for students' ages 16 – 24 years old.

"There are jobs available, but the problem for many students is knowing how to qualify for them. The CSA is designed to help students quickly overcome hiring barriers," said program director, Stella Payton.

Students get training in interviewing skills, online applications, customer service basics, business ethics and more.

But what makes the CSA different is the Interview Day.

In just 5 days, students are interviewing for actual jobs that are available right now.

You see the benefit of your hard work right away.

The week is intense but the skills last a lifetime.

And employers love the program.

 "Our goal this year is to provide employers with 75 to 100 candidates to pick from."

Starbucks, Home Depot, Subway, Shoe Carnival, General Dynamics, Citi Trends, have all confirmed attendance with more employers being added each day.

"We have several hundred openings to fill for our seasonal positions, so we are really looking forward to attending," said a hiring recruiter at General Dynamics.

This is the third year the Customer Service Academy (CSA) has been held in Hattiesburg.

"This will be our largest program yet.

If you are a student between 16 and 24 and would like more information, you can still sign up.

 Early registration is $35 if you register before October 8.

 Late registration is $49.

The week of training for students begins Monday October 13 – Friday October 17.

Classes are held each evening from 5:30 to 9:30 at West Point Baptist Church.

Interview Day is Saturday October 18. To sign up for the academy or for more information call 601.329.1650.

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