Alta Resources Creating 500 Jobs in Fort Myers
26 Jul, 2013
Alta Resources is creating about 500 jobs at its new Fort Myers location and will have a career fair to fill these positions.
"It’s a dream of ours to expand and to be there – this is coming to a reality," said Jim Bere, chairman and CEO of Alta Resources.
Alta Resources, based in Neenah, Wis., is a call center operator that provides customer-related outsourcing for brands.
It signed a lease last month for a 63,275-square-foot building in Gateway that was formerly occupied by Gartner Inc. Training is scheduled to begin in August, and the goal is to start taking calls at this location in September.
To help fill its job openings, the two-day career fair will be held at its Gateway office at 12600 Gateway Blvd.
Bere said Alta Resources is expanding into Fort Myers for many reasons: Alta Resources wanted to expand into another part of the country; it hires a lot of college students and recent graduates and likes the proximity to FGCU and Edison State College; its clients have been asking for a bilingual workforce that the Fort Myers market can provide; retirees may be looking for seasonal or part-time work; and the area’s overall quality of life.
The company has seen a flood of applicants online since announcing the new location, and it is expecting anywhere from several hundred to 1,000 people at the career fair.
"We are very, very excited about it," Bere said.
According to the news release, interested candidates are encouraged to apply online beforehand, and then visit the Gateway office for personal interviews – as well as a chance to ask questions and learn more about Alta Resources.
Available positions include customer service and inbound licensed sales (health insurance). These range from English to English-Spanish bilingual, from full time to part time, and from seasonal to permanent positions. For those interested in licensed sales, Alta Resources is also offering licensing and training reimbursement for qualified candidates.
"It’s a wonderful opportunity for job seekers to connect with this national firm," said John Boyd, head of site selection firm The Boyd Co. in Princeton, N.J. Call centers are a large segment of the firm’s work.
In addition to providing skilled jobs, he said Alta Resources will provide opportunities for entry-level workers who have historically worked in retail or fast food.
"It’s an opportunity for some upward mobility in the labor force," he said.