Area residents can take advantage of job service

This article submitted by Aaron Ziemer on 6/02/99.

The Paynesville Job Service is in its sixth year of existence at city hall. This year, the job service is being run by Erin Zimmerman, a 1997 graduate of Paynesville Area High School.

The Paynesville Job Service is a division of a central job service, located in St. Cloud, that has opened branch job service offices in some of the smaller communities in the St. Cloud area.

The job service offers many different types of jobs to area residents who are seeking work. The job types range from personal independent jobs, such as lawn care, to more permanent jobs. Some of the most common long-term jobs include manufacturing, production, and fast food positions.

"The job service is mostly for kids to find summer employment," said Zimmerman. "But, I can also help adults find work."

If an individual wanted to obtain a job from the job service, there is a very simple process they must go through. They would need to go down to city hall and fill out a short general application. The application asks some basic questions about name, age, address, work experience, and the type of job desired. Then Zimmerman works to find possible job matches for the applicant.

Zimmerman also trys to make employer contacts to find out what jobs are available. She is required to make 10 employer contacts a week.

The Paynesville office serves communities in the Paynesville area, which include Eden Valley, Watkins, Belgrade, Brooten, Elrosa, and Roscoe. There are other offices at Sauk Centre and New London, which are affiliated with the central St. Cloud office.

"I have about 15-20 jobs here in my office, but I have access to thousands of jobs through the St. Cloud office as well," said Zimmerman. "I have helped about 15-20 people find jobs so far," said Zimmerman. "The one problem is that many of the applicants are too young to take the jobs I have on file."

Zimmerman also added that one of the major jobs for many of the younger applicants is the corn detasseling that goes on later in the summer. Of the jobs that are available through the area job service, minimum wage requirements are enforced, except for the independent jobs like yard work, baby sitting, or farm work. Anti-discrimination laws are also enforced.

Individuals may contact Zimmerman at the Paynesville Job Service by going to the office located in the Paynesville City Hall, or by calling (320)-243-3714. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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