By Joel Hall
The office of Congressman David Scott (D-GA) will host its annual, 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair for the fourth time.
The fair will take place on Friday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.
Scott said the Jobs Fair is particularly vital in the wake of America's struggling economy.
"This year the economy is in a weakened state and many people believe that America is in the beginning stage of a recession," said Scott. "I am excited to do my part and to be able to bring over 150 hiring employers to my constituents who are in need of jobs.
"It is an understatement to say that the positive response that we have received each year to our annual jobs fair has been truly overwhelming," Scott added. "We have had great success in getting people jobs at the last three job fairs and we're looking forward to building upon that success."
Last year, over 200 Georgia businesses were represented and some 3,100 job-seekers attended the fair. This year, over 150 businesses will be conducting interviews on site, including some new to the fair, such as Hyundai USA, Waffle House, Red Lobster, Avis Car Rental, Six Flags of America, Colonial Life, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Several popular employers from last year's fair will return this year, including Lockheed Martin, Aflac, AirTran Airways, AT&T, UPS, SunTrust Banks, Inc., Lowe's Home Improvement, and FedEx.
The event will be broadcast by KISS 104.1 FM, Jazz (WCLK) 91.9 FM, CBS Atlanta (Channel 46), and Comcast Channel 23.
Jobs Fair coordinator Isaac Dodoo said this year's fair will feature several new amenities to further assist job seekers.
As many companies now do all of their hiring from the Web, Worktec officials at five different work stations will assist people in putting their resumes online. The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on site to help individuals who are interested in starting their own businesses.
In addition, the Georgia Department of Labor will help those who do not have resumes to create them, as well as help those who already have resumes to improve them.
"They will teach people how to write resumes on the spot," said Dodoo. "All of these areas will be manned by professionals, not volunteers, to make it easier for any prospective job seeker."
Colonial Life district manager Felicia Warner said this year, the company is expanding into the 13th Congressional District and is seeking to hire about 200 positions around the state. Participating in the Jobs Fair for the first time, she believes the publicity of the Jobs Fair will help her business.
"We have seen the success of the job fair," said Warner. "As we grow as a company, we're looking forward to finding qualified individuals with ethics and a good attitude. That's what this job fair seems to do."