Se­cu­rity firm seeks sea­sonal, per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Donna Rovins [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

CONSHOHOCKEN >> Many busi­nesses add staff at this time of year to han­dle in­creased busi­ness dur­ing the busy hol­i­day sea­son.

Among the busi­nesses adding per­son­nel is Al­lied Uni­ver­sal, a lead­ing se­cu­rity and fa­cil­ity ser­vices com­pany with head­quar­ters in Conshohocken and Santa Ana, Calif.

Al­lied is ac­tively hir­ing an es­ti­mated 4,000 sea­sonal em­ploy­ees across the coun­try. In the Philadel­phia re­gion, there are about 50 po­si­tions cur­rently open for sea­sonal help, ac­cord­ing to Ja­son Zig­man, Al­lied Uni­ver­sal’s vice pres­i­dent of re­cruit­ing for the East di­vi­sion.

Work­ers hired by Al­lied Uni­ver­sal pro­vide ex­tra se­cu­rity cov­er­age be­cause of in­creased foot traf­fic, longer store hours, tree light­ing cer­e­monies, tourist at­trac­tions and other fes­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

“We’ve been build­ing our client base, ex­pand­ing in gen­eral and grow­ing. We have more need, com­bined with low un­em­ploy­ment and a hot la­bor mar­ket. Our fo­cus is on re­cruit­ing, and get­ting the right peo­ple for our jobs.” — Ja­son Zig­man, Al­lied Uni­ver­sal’s vice pres­i­dent of re­cruit­ing — east di­vi­sion

“We live in a time where se­cu­rity is an im­por­tant com­po­nent to life,” Zig­man said. “But there is also a cus­tomer ser­vice com­po­nent. It’s about find­ing the can­di­date and match­ing them to the right job.”

In ad­di­tion to the sea­sonal work­ers, Zig­man said the com­pany has an on­go­ing need for per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees — and cur­rently has about 150 per­ma­nent jobs open across the Philadel­phia re­gion.

With an es­ti­mated to­tal of 200,000 em­ploy­ees, Al­lied works to pro­tect more than 42,000 client sites across North Amer­ica in ar­eas that in­clude re­tail shop­ping cen­ters, com­mer­cial real es­tate, higher ed­u­ca­tion, res­i­den­tial lo­ca­tions and hos­pi­tals.

“We’ve been build­ing our client base, ex­pand­ing in gen­eral and grow­ing,” Zig­man said. “We have more need, com­bined with

low un­em­ploy­ment and a hot la­bor mar­ket. Our fo­cus is on re­cruit­ing, and get­ting the right peo­ple for our jobs.”

Zig­man said Al­lied’s uni­formed se­cu­rity of­fi­cers are, “on the front lines, and are of­ten the first re­spon­ders.” He added that while the com­pany hires can­di­dates

that may have some se­cu­rity ex­pe­ri­ence, it looks for a broader range of skills, back­grounds and ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els.

“We like peo­ple who have great cus­tomer ser­vice skills. That’s im­por­tant for us. We pro­vide un­par­al­leled ser­vice, sys­tems, and so­lu­tions to serve, se­cure and care for the peo­ple and busi­nesses in our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. “We can train peo­ple to do the rest — as long as they have a ser­vice

men­tal­ity and a ser­vice ori­en­ta­tion that they want to ser­vice and care for peo­ple in busi­nesses.”

Zig­man added that its work­force in­cludes stu­dents, peo­ple look­ing for a sec­ond job for sup­ple­men­tal in­come or those look­ing for part-time em­ploy­ment or a more flex­i­ble work sched­ule.

“We have na­tional part­ner­ships with AARP, mil­i­tary and work­force or­ga­ni­za­tions — our re­cruit­ment

spans the en­tire spec­trum,” Zig­man said. “It takes all types of peo­ple to put our teams to­gether. We like hav­ing a di­verse work­force. We want peo­ple who want to show up ev­ery day and work with pas­sion.”

Al­lied Uni­ver­sal of­fers flex­i­bil­ity, ben­e­fits, train­ing and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sea­sonal work­ers have an ex­cel­lent chance of be­ing brought on board per­ma­nently, ac­cord­ing to Zig­man, be­cause they’re re­quired

to go through the same rig­or­ous train­ing as full-time em­ploy­ees.

“Fre­quently, peo­ple who work sea­sonal jobs dur­ing hol­i­day, find they want to stay on. There is an ac­tive ef­fort as the sea­son starts wind­ing down to en­gage sea­sonal em­ploy­ees to put them into per­ma­nent po­si­tions. If we can keep all who do a good job for us, we can do that,” he added.

To ap­ply for a po­si­tion at Al­lied Uni­ver­sal visit jobs.

aus.com . Zig­man said the site has re­cently been re­vamped, is highly vis­ual and easy to nav­i­gate.

Al­lied Uni­ver­sal was formed in 2016, when Uni­ver­sal Ser­vices of Amer­ica merged with Al­lied-Bar­ton Se­cu­rity Ser­vices. For more in­for­ma­tion about Al­lied Uni­ver­sal visit aus.com

JA­SON ZIG­MAN

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