More than 500 job assessment forms were handed out to people who lined up for three hours looking for a job opportunity.
“We were portraying it in our advertising for technical, skilled jobs, basically blue-collar jobs,” said Ken Wright, director of business and industry services at the chamber. “In hindsight, I’m glad we got other interests because Diane Lewis from Lewis Chemical got a customer service rep out of the event and Georgia Power found a bi-lingual customer service rep at the event.”
Georgia Power also found a number of candidates for some of the technical positions the utility was seeking to fill.
Darcy DuVall, HR manager at F&P Georgia, said her company extended a job offer Monday to one of the people who came to the job fair and was given a subsequent interview.
“We have another interview this week,” DuVall said. “We had two openings and if I can have them filled from that job fair it would be fantastic.”
DuVall said her crew at the fair was almost overwhelmed by the number of people who came through the civic center last week.
“We did find some people that have an IT background and degrees,” DuVall said. “I just recently filled those job openings.”
She has saved those resumes for future reference.
In an email from Phil Jones at American Pipe Supports to Wright at the chamber, Jones said his firm also found two prospects, and if their work backlog continues as anticipated that they would definitely be hiring one, if not both.
Wright estimated maybe 10 percent of the people who came through had some of the skills the event was originally designed for.
“Maybe some people would consider that a very low percentage but each company found somebody,” Wright said. “That’s ten companies we helped find employees and 50 people we helped put in a position to get a job.”