"Join The Caterpillar!" Job Ad Creates Confusion - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

"Join The Caterpillar!" Job Ad Creates Confusion

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's an enticing ad that drew plenty of people to Spokane's Community College (SCC) Tuesday morning. Caterpillar's advertisement, featured in Sunday's Spokesman Review, filled half of a page and featured big, bold, capital letters: "JOIN THE CATERPILLAR TEAM!"

According to the ad, the construction manufacturing company is looking to fill at least half a dozen positions including Warehouse Associate, Customer Service Clerk, Inbound Coordinator, Outboard Coordinator, Quality Specialist, and Quality Team Lead.

The ad says Caterpillar would be hosting "information Sessions" at SCC over the course of two days. However, dozens of people showed up to the first meeting expecting that it would be a traditional job fair; especially since several media outlets reported that the Caterpillar event was a job fair.

Several job-seekers who showed expecting an all-day event left upset and confused.

Instead, the Caterpillar meeting lasted about 30 minutes and reps for the company handed out flyers and provided information.

Caterpillar Facility Manager Brad Gile said the ad clearly stated "informational meeting" and said the meetings are provided just to help answer questions about the positions as well as the company since all applicants must apply online if they are to be considered for a job.

Earlier, Caterpillar announced it wanted to fill up to 150 jobs at it's new warehouse in Medical Lake. the warehouse will distribute Caterpillar parts for heavy equipment in the Northwest, Canada and Alaska. The state provided $235,000 to help recruit and train workers.

There's another informational meeting Wednesday night at 7pm at Spokane Community College Student Center Lair Building.

TO APPLY:

Apply online at www.jointeamcaterpillar.com

LATEST JOBLESS REPORT:

New jobless numbers are out and the forecast is improving. In Spokane County, the unemployment rate in April went down from March by nearly a full percentage point from 8.9 percent last month compared to 9.8 percent in March.

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