October 22, 2014

Job seekers double usual response for bank teller position

By Tim Barnum|Staff writer
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AuGRES — The U.S. Labor Department recently announced that unemployment has reached 8.5-precent nationally, a 25 year high, but as evident from one part-time job opening at Huron Community Bank (HCB) in AuGres, the high unemployment level isn’t due to a lack of area residents trying to land a job.

Gaylynn Brenoel, Human Resources Manager for HCB, says a classified ad that has run for two weeks (March 25, April 1) in The Arenac County Independent is getting a flood of responses.

“I’d say [the number of applicants is] maybe as much as 50-percent higher than normal because people are looking for jobs, they’re scrambling,” Brenoel said, adding as of April 3, she had received roughly 50 resumes, compared to the normal status quo number of 20-25 resumes. “I’m still getting calls and people coming into our branch to fill out applications.”

However, Brenoel says many of the applicants aren’t qualified, since the ad calls for bank teller or cashier experience.

“We’ve got people who have neither applying,” she said. “The (amount of) people that we can actually interview, it hasn’t really gone up.

“They’re just looking for jobs at this point. I admire them for trying.”

According to Brenoel, the position was opened up due to an internal chain reaction.

“We had somebody leave and we had somebody promoted to that position internally,” she said, adding that opened up an entry-level position. “We try to promote from within when we can.”

HCB includes six branches in Arenac, Iosco and Alcona counties.

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