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Tempo Employment Services Helping Aroostook County Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 6:54 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Finding work during the pandemic has been difficult for many. News Source 8′s Cam Smith has more on a local employment service that can help you get back to work.

Tempo Employment Services works to help individuals find jobs and serves many different manufacturing companies, factories, lumber mills and other businesses throughout Aroostook County.

The manager at Tempo says dealing with the effects of the pandemic has been a struggle for them and for the companies they serve.

“A lack of staffing has created the need for people to work overtime and a big part of that is because we have seen a major decrease in our number of applicants coming in. So because of that, many companies are running short handed right now.”

Although a lot of the companies they work with were deemed essential services, Buckingham says that employees have had to step up.

“Many employees right now are dealing with day care issues, scheduling in many different ways. So they have a lot on their plates.”

Buckingham also adds that there is still work available for those that need it.

“We do have a need with many of our customers throughout the County. We need to keep in mind that if these companies are running short handed, they’re not meeting production goals. Which means they’re not meeting their sales numbers. So that could have major implication down the road to the viability of these companies.”

If you have been impacted by unemployment, Buckingham says change could be beneficial.

“Now may be a good time to change. Do you want to try a different field that you haven’t before? I think there are many opportunities out there and we all need to be looking at the future of the businesses and how our new normal will be.”

Appointments must be made in advance by calling 764-0772 or contacting Tempo Employment Services by email at info@tempoemployment.com.

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