Chicago Area Job Fair Success Brings 40 New Hires in One Day to VMS

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Chicagoland credit card processing company Velocity Merchant Services recently hosted a job fair that resulted in 40 new hires to start work immediately. The good news was emotionally stirring for a selected few that had been job hunting for many months. 58% of those invited to join the company showed up to work on Monday, spurring questions about extended unemployment benefits.

One successful applicant began crying, thanking me for giving her the opportunity to work.

Last Thursday’s job fair hosted by Velocity Merchant Services, one of Illinois’ largest direct processors for credit card transactions, resulted in a total of 67 applicants and 40 new hires. Due to its proximity to President Obama’s address to Congress concerning the nation’s high unemployment rate, it also drew the attention of national news media outlets like FOX Business and ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer.

“It was incredibly exciting to have the FOX News van sitting in our parking lot all day long,” remarks owner Dema Barakat. “To have our company’s expansion efforts recognized on national television was a huge success I will never forget.”

It goes without saying that the media presence was brought about by the fact that while the rest of America faces a never-ending stream of layoffs and stagnant job growth numbers, a relatively small Midwestern company can bring hope to so many.

“After informing one job fair attendee that they were hired, they looked at me in disbelief,” says Nancy Jalajel, Director of Human Resources. “I reassured them that they were indeed hired and that they start Monday. She began crying, thanking me for giving her the opportunity to work. Another new hire informed me that they’d been searching for a job for nearly two years and then proceeded to hug me. It was very emotional for many people, myself included.”

Training for the new hires began this Monday in the company’s corporate headquarters located in Downers Grove. Out of the 40 hopefuls that were asked to join the company in either a sales or customer service-oriented position, 23 individuals were present in the 9:00AM training class.

This turnout puzzles CEO Danoush Khairkhah. “Why go through the trouble of interviewing, receiving an opportunity, meeting key people within the company and then not show up?”

The company has struggled with this paradigm for months. A common belief is that this low turnout could be caused by unemployment benefits being available for such a long period of time. Many question why someone would choose to return to the workforce when they could instead continue receiving government benefits while staying at home.

“It is a challenge, but it’s a challenge I believe we can come out on top of,” says Khairkhah.

VMS is Illinois’ largest inside telesales organization for Visa/MasterCard processing that focuses on small to medium-sized businesses. We save the average business owner between 20-50% on their processing costs and help them increase their sales by 30% or more by setting them up to accept credit cards. We’ve been a major player in the bankcard industry since 1998 and are continuously searching for new, outstanding talent.


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