HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – If you're looking to land one of the nearly one thousand jobs recently announced by Virginia-based Capitol One -- listen up! The company is now hiring for a number of positions, from retail banking to customer service. But with so many people out of work the competition is sure to be stiff. Experts say applicants must stand out from the crowd.
For more than 30 years, Joseph Green drove tractor trailer trucks for a living. Now, he's driving his station wagon around town putting in application after application for a number of positions.
"I've been all over Richmond, Petersburg, Ashland, all the way up to Dulles, Virginia looking for a job," said Green.
His next stop - Capital One. The banking giant plans to open a new call center in Henrico next year -- and is looking to hire hundreds of people. Openings include IT, customer service, and clerical positions.
The company is encouraging people to apply for those positions on-line. When you go to the company's web site, click the careers link at the bottom of the homepage. Then, click on United States. Go to the box titled city and highlight Richmond or Glenn Allen. Under state, click Virginia then the search button.
A number of those new job listings will pop up. But in a sea of potential applicants experts say, job seekers must do something to set themselves apart from everyone else.
"You need to sell your achievements and what you can add to the company," said Deseria Creighton-Barney, manager at a Richmond staffing agency.
She encourages clients to have a concise resume.
"Grammatical errors will knock you out right off the bat," said Creighton-Barney.
Applicants should also be flexible.
"Even if you've never worked in that environment be able to sell your transferable skills. You may not have worked in a call center but you may have done customer service in other areas. You may have worked with the public even down to selling fast food," said Creighton-Barney
As for Green, he's hopeful.
"I'm ready to go to work," said Green.