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Ikea in Valencia seeks candidates for 500 jobs 'with or without experience'
By thinkSPAIN Team Mon, Dec 2, 2013
THE planned new Ikea store near Valencia is actively seeking new recruits, and between 400 and 500 jobs are said to be up for grabs.
According to the Swedish low-cost furniture giant, the store in Alfafar wants employees 'of all ages, with or without previous experience' in the roles they will be applying for.
“We are looking for real people, not CVs,” a spokesperson from the multi-national states.
From today until New Year's Eve, candidates can fill in a form on the Ikea website giving personal and professional details and stating which types of job would most suit them.
Full-time and part-time jobs are available, meaning those who already work elsewhere can combine their employment at Ikea with other professional activities, or have the flexibility they need to look after dependent children or other relatives.
In-house promotion and relocation will fill some of the new roles, and others will go to complete outsiders.
Positions – around 400 in total - include shop-floor sales assistants and sales management, logistics or transport and delivery, customer service – providing information, arranging delivery of mail-order goods and handling complaints, refunds and exchanges, cashiers on the checkouts, restaurant staff and around 80 'indirect' jobs including cleaners, security guards, assembly and re-merchandising, delivery vehicle drivers and loading and unloading labourers.
Ikea stresses it will carefully study and evaluate all applications, irrespective of when they are received, provided they reach the store managers by the deadline of December 31.
Those whose applications are accepted will be called in for induction or recruitment days, where they will carry out various tasks in teams, and those who meet the required standards will be called back in for personal interviews.
Anyone who reaches this stage and whose interview goes well, but is not offered a job will be kept on file and contacted if future roles within their chosen field arise.
Start dates will vary as the openings come up and depending upon how much training a new employee will need in their role. This means the whole recruitment process could take some months.
Ikea stresses that people who are resident in Alfafar will not necessarily take priority over those who live further afield or even candidates who would have to relocate to take up a job – and they invite applications from people who have no experience at all in the roles they wish to apply for.
Managers say they are concerned as much with a person's potential as with their proven skills, that full training will be provided to whatever extent is necessary and that they aim to pick the right people for the jobs offered, whether they live locally and have years of practice in furniture stores, or whether they are some distance away and have never worked in a shop before.
The store – the 16th in Spain and the first in the Comunidad Valenciana, the nearest until now for residents there having been Murcia or Madrid – is set to open in summer 2014.
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