News from FedcapFedcap Staffs New Marshalls Shoe Store - Wildcat Subsidiary Filled All 52 Positions
Fedcap helped Marshalls open its newest Manhattan store on Aug. 18 – having recruited the entire staff through our Wildcat Service Corp. subsidiary.
Marshalls district manager Hector Roldan invited the first customer through the door to cut the ceremonial ribbon and open the Marshalls Shoe Shop in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. Then he presented Fedcap with $5,000 in the company’s traditional donation to a community-based organization in the neighborhoods in which it operates.
All staff at the new store were recruited through a job fair held at Wildcat’s 2 Washington Street location. We also held fairs for two other stores of The TJX Companies this quarter, helping staff a branch of TJX’s HomeGoods that opened on the Upper West Side this spring and a new TJ Maxx store slated for Wall Street. For the Marshalls Shoe Store, we presented 80 pre-screened candidates for interview and filled all 52 staff positions. Two of our candidates were offered Assistant Manager positions. We’ve also been staffing other existing Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores around New York City.
We’ve filled many of these jobs with participants in Wildcat’s New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) Back to Work program, such as Jonathan Boyd, who started the Back to Work program on July 13 and started working at Marshalls on Aug. 1. Mr. Boyd is pictured at the far left in the photo to the right, alongside Michael Dunne, Wildcat senior director of adult services; Jason Dubrow, Wildcat business development specialist who initiated the TJX relationship, and Benjamin Thomases, Wildcat COO. Others among these placements have been job-seekers coming through other Fedcap programs and additional sources.
“This is a great illustration of the potential unleashed when a socially responsible major employer connects with socially responsible staffing solutions,” said Christine McMahon, Fedcap President and CEO. “We look forward to continuing to explore how Fedcap and TJX can work together throughout the Northeast.”
Results like these do a lot to inspire and motivate people starting Wildcat’s HRA Back to Work program. At the Aug. 18 orientation, people really sat up when instructor Warwick Williams said the team would soon put forward 150 interviewees for TJ Maxx.
Jannie Rice, one of the new entrants, was laid off in 2009. On Aug. 19, she was prepping for her TJ Maxx interview. She said: “This is my first time in a Back to Work program. It’s been so interesting, so many opportunities if you just apply yourself. I’ve been out of the workforce for a year and a half. There are opportunities for people of all ages here. They are willing to help and willing to listen and develop anything that needs to be developed.”
The TJ Maxx Wall Street job fair on Aug. 22-23 was a great success. (Ms. Rice is among 58 Fedcap candidates who've made it through to the next round.) TJ Maxx management said they were very impressed with our team's organization and efficiency.