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300 people apply for eight jobs at Blackburn PerfectHome store
9:51am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
ALMOST 300 people applied for just eight jobs at a new store in Blackburn.
The jobs were created by household goods retailer PerfectHome which had its official opening with family fun days yesterday and Thursday.
The shop, in The Mall Shopping Centre, created eight permanent, full-time posts.
The firm, which opened a new store in Charter Walk Burnley with eight staff in April, received 294 applications.
Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said the fact there were 35 applications for every position showed how desperate people were for full-time jobs.
The new employees helped mark the store’s official opening at the fun days.
Leigh Hall, 39, from Blackburn, was delighted to get one of the new positions as a sales consultant despite the tough competition.
He said: “I was over the moon when I heard I’d been successful and got the job.
“I’ve only just started but I can already tell that this is somewhere that I can make a long-term career for myself. I used to work in a call centre, now I’m really looking forward to meeting customers face-to-face.”
David Hannon, 26, was also pleased at his success and said: “I was so happy to get it. It’s something new and a really good challenge.
“I’m always mindful of moving up the career ladder and I can see progression as a real possibility here, together with the feeling of job security.”
PerfectHome’s area manager John Pearson said: “These are full-time permanent positions with training and opportunities for career progression. We’re delighted to open our doors in Blackburn and add to the retail mix in the town.
“We were delighted to receive so many applications. We know how valuable these opportunities are and we had some exceptional candidates. We wish we had more positions available to give.”
Coun Hollern said: “My goodness. The fact 294 individuals applied for just eight jobs shows how desperate local people are for jobs - especially proper, permanent full-time jobs.
“I am delighted the company has come to Blackburn to enrich the mix of stores we have.
“This shows government ministers, who talk about people staying on benefits rather than work, how absolutely desperate people in the borough are for jobs.”
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