ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany residents heard straight from the biggest employers in South Georgia, what they expect of an employee and tips to help people land jobs.
This was all a part of Mayor Dorothy Hubbard's Coalition for Economic Development Forum.
There were more than 50 people at the forum Wednesday evening, listening for ways to make themselves stand out in the job application process.
They were asking questions straight to employers.
Albany State Assistant Professor Aaron Johnson asked questions that his students wanted answers to.
"I want to make sure that our business students at ASU know what opportunities are available, what type of skills they need so it was informative," said Johnson.
The mayor and the panel want students just like Johnson's to stay in Albany instead of moving elsewhere to get their first job.
"We need young people to step up to the plate and fill those positions. There's money to be made out there but you have to have the right attitude, you got to be at work on time, you have to be willing to exceed expectations," said Hubbard.
All of the industries represented Wednesday night are already established in Albany: MCLB, Proctor & Gamble, SouthernAG, Webstaurant, and Phoebe Putney Health Systems.
Hubbard explained that in her opinion the EDC is doing the best they can, but right now the focus is to work with the existing companies and grow them from within.
"You cultivate and work with the industries that you have and that any offshoots that you have, you're already there," said Hubbard.