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June 02, 2005

Thomasville- Dozens of students from Southwest Georgia Technical College are searching for jobs. A job fair this morning was so packed with employers, that some of them had to wait on standby for spots. That's a solid reflection of how our region's job market is looking.

     Upcoming college graduate Deidra Hudson is hunting for work. And her hunting grounds are the highly competitive job market, a hurdle proven by a career fair at Southwest Georgia Technical College Thursday. "I'm very nervous," says Hudson.

     But she isn't getting discouraged. She has something many employers desire, a hunger for hard work. "I'll graduate with a diploma in medical office specialist, and a diploma in business office specialist, as well as two certificate programs," says Hudson.

     Hudson's plight is similar to many other college grads. But Department of Labor officials say students' search for jobs may be improving. "Last month our unemployment rate for Thomas County was 4.2 as opposed to March where it was at 4.6. So as you can see, our job market is increasing," says Department of Labor Field Services Manager, Theresa Donaldson.

     As students' hunt for jobs presses on, labor officials have some tips for them to use in their arsenal. "When you come to a job fair, come prepared. Be ready to interview with your resume, any references the employer may request that you have, and any transcripts if you can have those available. And always be ready to answer those hard interview questions," says Donaldson.

     Many job hunters say that finding that perfect match is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Setting themselves apart is something many potential employers look for. "We look at what they're doing now, what they have done, successes in their past," says American General Insurance representative, Danny Hatchell.

     Interviewing is a two way street for employer and employee. Call it tracking information that can lead to the querry, a place in the workforce. "It's a burden taken off me because someone has given me the chance to shine," says Hudson. That's a glowing reflection of uniqueness, another trait employers look for.

     The Department of Labor says yet another trait employers look for is transferable skills. For example, if you have a skill set that may apply to another field you're looking into.

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