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Big 5 Sporting Goods will hold hiring event at NyECC

The new Big 5 Sporting Goods store on Loop Road, across from Saddle West Hotel &Casino, is getting ready to start hiring employees. Its managers are working with NyE Communities Coalition Career Connections as part of the hiring process and are planning a hiring event for Aug. 12.

The retailer’s property sits on the former location of Team Sports and Nick Moore said the property was put under contract by Worth Williams Properties in anticipation of improvements for the Big 5 Sporting Goods store in November. It took a little over six months to close.

Williams said he would be turning the building over to Big 5 in August.

According to NyECC One Stop Manager, Tim Wigchers, “The process to apply for one of about 25 full and part-time openings is a two-part process.”

“First, the job seeker must apply online at www.big5sportinggoods.com/careers, go to ‘Find Jobs and Apply Online,’ and then select #480 Pahrump, NV as the location.”

The second step is for job-seekers to either stop by or Call NyECC Career Connections at 775-727-9970 and signup for an interview session at the Aug. 12 hiring event.

Wigchers said Big 5 hiring managers will conduct interviews from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the NyECC Campus, 1020 E. Wilson Road.

“There are only a certain number of slots available. “Big 5 is bringing a number of its human resources people here to conduct the interviews.”

Wigchers said those serious about the jobs absolutely must fill out an online application. “They won’t be considered if they haven’t.”

He said there is a computer lab on the NyECC campus and those without Internet access are welcome to use the lab computers. “That is something human resources will verify before they even interview anyone.”

He said NyECC would be checking back with those who have signed up just before the interview sessions are scheduled to be sure there is still an interest in being interviewed.

“This hiring event will be different than most of our job fairs. People will most likely find out quickly if they have a job or not.

Appointments are not necessary, but those who have signed up will be seen first.

Applicants must be 18 or older and be able to successfully pass a comprehensive criminal background check.

Big 5 is hiring for both store set-up and other positions.

During store set-up, employees could be scheduled Monday to Friday from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although schedules may vary.

Work will involve unloading trucks, lifting heavy boxes, building racks and shelving, pricing merchandise, setting up departments per a layout plan, and organizing merchandise and clothing racks.

Once the store opens for business work will involve customer service, sales, cashiering and maintaining the appearance of the store.

After the store set-up, positions will become part-time and hours scheduled may vary between 10-25 hours per week. Retail hours involve mornings, afternoons, nights, weekends and holidays.

Not all employees hired will be kept as team members once the store opens for business.

Big 5 Sporting Goods is one of America’s top retailers of name-brand sporting goods and accessories and has over 420 locations spread throughout 12 western states.

The 11,000-square-foot sales floor will offer a full line of products including athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and in-line skating.

Part-time retail positions offer flexible scheduling, product discounts, discounts at major ski areas and a “terrific work environment,” according to the company’s press release.

Available openings are generally filled by enthusiastic, energetic, sports-minded people. Customer service experience is a definite plus.

Earnings are determined on prior experience and current sporting goods knowledge and/or skills base. Training will be available.

According to Big 5 Human Resource officials, “The ideal candidate for the position of retail salesperson and cashier will be: enthusiastic, energetic, hard working, detail oriented and a team player.”

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