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Local employers are looking for multicultural, bilingual candidates

Posted: 3:35 PM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 17:39:16-04
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More than two dozen local employers are looking to fill their ranks , and their most desired candidates are those with multicultural backgrounds.

And if you speak more than one language, these companies consider you an asset. Companies like Buffalo-based Capital Management Services need 50 Spanish speakers.

"Our people are Buffalo, our staff is Buffalo. We have that Buffalo mentality that I think all Buffalonians have: it's that grit, it's that hunger, it's that relentless spirit. And that's what we are as a company and that's what we're looking for," said Kathryn Reagan, Recruitment Manager with Capital Management Services.

They have entry level positions and management positions open, and provide paid training. Entry level salaries start at about $27,000 ($13/hour).

These companies were setting up shop Wednesday for this multicultural job fair hosted by the Belle Center in Buffalo.

Positions range from healthcare, customer service, not-for-profit personnel, to security and bank tellers.

"A lot of times people think that there's only maintenance positions or low-level positions. There's a lot of high-level positions here, and we have the people with the capacity to meet the needs of these employers," said Lucy Candelario, Executive Director for the Belle Center.

Univera Healthcare is currently looking to hire 12 full time customer call center advocates. If you are empathetic, tech-savvy and a good communicator, then they want to hear from you.

"We're also really working to make our internal population and the demographics of our employees to represent the communities in which we're serving," said Brooke Rourke, Director of Talent Management.

If you were not able to attend the job fair, you can still contact the Belle Center.

They have a Workforce Development Initiative that helps folks with job readiness, resume writing, and helping match the employee with the employer. They also offer ESL classes.