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Tech companies, state still hiring

Elvis Matthews, left, waits for an order at Twisters drive-through at Paseo del Norte and Wyoming NE while co-worker Brad Vermeire gathers the items. The company is one of several hiring multiple positions in New Mexico. Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal

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Amid the many pandemic-related layoffs in recent weeks, some businesses exist that are still on the hunt for new workers in New Mexico.

Those employers range from tech to food industries. Some are looking to fill staffing holes left by the spread of the virus, while others are fulfilling expansion plans set forth at the start of the year.

The list of companies is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather a snapshot of employers looking to bring new employees in under difficult circumstances.


Twisters hasn’t furloughed or laid off employees during the pandemic. But Saagar Grover, the chain’s business director and chief financial officer, said several employees left the company due to concerns about their own health or the health of their families, leaving the company with open positions to fill. The company is now looking to hire between 30 and 40 new employees ranging from cashiers to store managers.

“We’re taking the opportunity to really strengthen our team,” he said.

Grover added that Twisters will also be looking to add a new “director of safety,” responsible for overseeing the company’s post-virus response.

More information is available at

Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments intends to hire more than 60 new people in New Mexico, part of a larger hiring spree across the country, according to company spokeswoman Janelle O’Haugherty.

The company is looking to hire two to four permanent financial consultants along with more than 60 customer service representatives, who will transition from temporary to permanent roles after six months, O’Haugherty wrote in an email. The company will be providing nine weeks of paid training for the customer service roles.

For the customer service positions, the company is seeking applicants who may have experience in service or hospitality industries where the person has been in people-facing roles or has recently graduated college, O’Haugherty wrote. Consultants are required to have securities licenses.

The company did not disclose a salary range. For more information, visit to learn more about the customer service positions, and for details about the consulting positions.


SMS Data Products Group, a federal contractor at Kirtland Air Force Base with around 150 employees, is looking to add 12 new employees in Albuquerque. Jobs range from help desk technicians to application developers.

Melanie Shipley, vice president of human resources for SMS, said the company prefers to promote from within, and the openings were largely back-filling positions that have opened in the last several weeks. The company is looking to fill the positions as soon as possible. For a full list of openings, visit

Applied Technology

Applied Technology Associates, a technology company headquartered in Albuquerque, is currently looking to fill eight roles. Tiffany Sevieri, marketing coordinator for ATA, wrote in an email the positions range from internships that pay between $15 and $22 per hour, to engineers who can make up to $200,000 per year. The company is looking to fill most positions as soon as possible.

A full list of positions is available at

State government

While the state has largely scaled back its hiring, the New Mexico Corrections Department is hosting a live recruitment webinar Monday, where applicants can learn about open positions. Anyone interested can register online here.

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