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Marysville Walmart's hiring center opens on State Ave.

From left, Marysville Walmart hiring center management team members Jen Utley, Garrick Mandracken, Kenny Dominguez and Kirsten Twiss perform the administrative work for screening applicants and hiring new employees. - Kirk Boxleitner
From left, Marysville Walmart hiring center management team members Jen Utley, Garrick Mandracken, Kenny Dominguez and Kirsten Twiss perform the administrative work for screening applicants and hiring new employees.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — Its offices might seem a bit hidden away, but the management team of the new Marysville Walmart wants the community to know that their hiring center is open for business in Suite E at 1289 State Ave. in Marysville.

Sonia Smith brings close to two decades of experience with Walmart, including her time as manager of the Everett Walmart, to her new job as manager of the Marysville Walmart, so she feels ready to supervise the hiring and training of approximately 300 new employees.

"We have two interview rooms, which also have terminals to allow people to apply via computer," said Smith, who will be working with a dozen other existing Walmart employees at the hiring center. "You can apply for a job at the Marysville Walmart online, at the hiring center or even at another Walmart, if you designate the Marysville store as where you'd like to work."

Smith noted that all the Marysville Walmart's anticipated 300 new hires must be able to meet the needs of customer service, but pointed out that positions such as pharmacy technicians and vision center staff will obviously need to possess more specialized skills. Managerial experience from other stores is also a plus, although training will be provided to all employees, some of it on the computers at the hiring center.

"The durations of both the application process and the training period will vary depending on the applicant and the job they might be hired for," Smith said. "We have to run drug tests and background checks on everyone. Training averages out to about two weeks, but anyone who might need to be able to run the checkout machines can expect about three weeks to learn their intricacies."

The hiring center is a temporary facility that will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, until the projected opening of the currently under-construction Marysville Walmart in the late summer or early fall of this year. Applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

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