ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Today, more than a thousand job seekers showed up at the civic center for a job fair.
The Labor Department said today the unemployment rate remained unchanged in September at 10% so a job expo couldn't come at a better time.
The Georgia department of Labor has held numerous job fairs in our area in the past, but this is the first Career Expo that's been held in Albany.
They each have their own story, "I've been unemployed since February and I am just out looking for a job," said Anissa Mansfield
"Due to budget cuts they had to release several first year teachers and I happen to be one of them," said Perry Ford.
But they all have one thing in common, "Yes I'm looking for a job," said Dontavious Haywood.
But these folks are not alone. In fact, they only make up a small portion of the half a million Georgians who are still without work. "For the first time, over half of the individuals unemployed in Georgia have been unemployed for at least six months," said Michael Thurmond, Labor Commissioner.
So today more than a thousand people showed up to take advantage of the Georgia Department of Labor's career expo and job fair where more than 75 employers were on hand, some ready to hire on the spot. "We are looking for some great Americans to put to work today," said Chris Parrot, Waffle House area people director.
Parrot says he is looking for folks to work during the holiday season. "We've met several great people and have six resumes now it looks pretty promising,"said Parrot.
But before these hopefuls are hired, they need the right tools to help land them that job, "Many people who come to job fairs are depressed so they first thing when they come to a pep rally is develop a positive attitude," said Thurmond.
So before these job searchers even saw employers, they were briefed on how to stand out in a pool of applicants.
Applicants could also attend special workshops on how to dress for a job, interviewing skills, and even a station where someone was on hand to critique resumes.
They'll hold two more of these expos next week in Augusta and Savannah.