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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

More than 400 job seekers attended a job fair in Thomasville on Thursday, some are looking for the first time, some have been searching for a while, and others are reentering the job market.

In December when Southwestern State Hospital closed after more than 40 years of helping people with mental health and addiction problems, Felicia Adams was among the nearly 700 employees left without a job.

"I was at Southwestern State Hospital for ten years, and five of those years I was in a hospital setting as a program assistant," said Adams.

She hopes to put her certification in medical coding and billing to use, and the job fair at Southwest Georgia Technical College seemed like the right place to be.

"You could sell yourself, you can talk about you work ethic, tell them you're a fast learner, that you are dependable, sell yourself and there is a possibility that someone wants to give you a job," said Adams.

After shaking several hands and meeting different employers, job seekers are just hopeful that one of those encounters will lead to a new job opportunity and many employers say those impressive encounters can make the difference.

"Whenever we have an in person job fair, I come across people that I recognize their name, because I've seen their applications and unfortunately passed on it online, but once I met them in person I get to see what's on that label and that personality, and the resume doesn't matter at that point," said Flash Foods area supervisor Jacob Forehand.

That enthusiasm encourages Adams as she embarks on a new beginning.

"I'm starting over and moving forward, you won't forget your work family, but you can move on and meet a new family, I'm embracing 2014,". She's certain that if she continues to put forth the effort, a new opportunity will come her way.

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