Company hiring, despite bad economy

February 26, 2009 10:40:11 AM PST
The credit card arm of financial services company Barclays says it is adding hundreds of new jobs.The credit card arm of financial services company Barclays says it is adding hundreds of new jobs.

"Our feelings are, in these adverse times, there will be winners. Some people will win if they remain competitive and that's what we aim to do," said Joe Purzycki, Barclays CEO.

Barclay will do that in Newark, Delaware, where the credit card giant MBNA Company merged with Bank of America in 2005, leaving those buildings near vacant ever since. But, starting in April, 300 new jobs wll be created there. That number is expected to climb past 500 over the next five years.

According to Purzycki, salaries will range from $35,000 to $100,000.

Wilmington Mayor Jim Baker says, that's just what the doctor ordered. Barclays already employs about 1,200 people, while another 2,700 are unemployed in Delaware.

"I really think this is what we need for the turnaround of our economy. That, no matter how rough things are for all of us, that we get through this," Mayor Baker said.

Jennifer Molnar started eight years ago with Barclays as a customer call taker. Since then, she's risen through the ranks, and is now on the executive level.

So, her advice to job sekers is to never give up.

"There's a great place if you have a positive attitude and the motivation to grow with the company. We have a place for you here," Molnar said.

Barclays will be holding a job fair next month at its Newark center:

Barclays Newark Center
700 Frontage Road
(In the Iron Hill Corporate Center)
Newark, Delaware

The job fair will be held:

March 26th, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, visit Barclays recruitment website.

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