Marin County puts out the 'help wanted' sign

May 28, 2013 8:29:39 PM PDT
After years of budget cuts and hiring freezes, Marin County is finally putting out the help wanted sign, and it's not the only one.

Sandra Tavares is on the hunt for a new job. She's come to Marin County hoping to find a full-time job with benefits that pays well.

"I have three children; I'm definitely willing to work anywhere to provide for my family," she said.

Tavares may be in luck. After a long hiring freeze, Marin County is now looking to fill at least 200 jobs.

"All across the county were hiring," Marin County Human Resources spokesperson Angela Nicholson said.

Nicholson is trying to find qualified applicants to fill openings for sheriff's deputies, park rangers, court workers, medical workers and payroll and social services.

"It's exciting it's a great place to work, the great chance to get new ideas and thoughts," Nicholson said.

There are so many county jobs because baby boomers are retiring and the county's budget picture is improving.

The private sector is hiring too. In Larkspur, Perfect Timing Personnel Services is trying to meet demand from companies for new workers. CEO Solina Walton is confident the economy is improving -- a huge turnaround from years of the grim recession.

"Very confident we're going down the road that's going to be easier for employers to find good people and employees to find good jobs," Walton said.

It's giving Tavares a reason to be optimistic about finding a good job.

"I'm always hearing people say they've been looking for months; I'm a little scared but I'm hoping to find something soon," she said.

The county jobs pay between $50,000 and $90,000 a year.

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