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Yahoo holds job fair at UB to fill call center positions in Lockport

Yahoo is holding a job fair this week at the University at Buffalo to fill 125 call-center positions at its expanding campus in Niagara County.

The Internet giant in March announced plans to expand its data center that opened in 2010 in an industrial park in the Town of Lockport.

Yahoo initially said it plans to hire 115 new workers, on top of the 77 who work at the current data center, and spend $168 million to build the expanded facility, which also received an extensive set of public subsidies.

Yahoo has since raised the number of new positions to 125. The new employees starting as soon as next month will work in leased commercial space in Amherst until construction on the Lockport facility is completed in 12 to 18 months, said Mauricio Quibano, senior manager for global planning and sourcing for Yahoo Customer Experience.

Yahoo is seeking to hire 110 customer care agents and 15 managers, and job descriptions are available online.

The walk-in interviews run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday in the Center for Tomorrow, located near the Maple Road entrance to the UB North Campus in Amherst, at the corner of Flint and Service Center roads.

Yahoo job applicants should bring a resume to the fair. They must have a bachelor's degree and have earned a grade point average of at least 3.2.

Yahoo reached out to UB a couple of weeks ago to seek assistance in filling the positions and the university also has contacted alumni online to advertise the available jobs, said Suzanne Chamberlain, a UB spokeswoman.

--- Stephen T. Watson


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