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Job fair crowd swells beyond expectations

Lovejoy to host job fairs quarterly

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Lovejoy city officials prepared for 50 to 70 job seekers to participate in the city’s job fair. However, 210 people sought employment at the Lovejoy Job Fair.

Special Photo Lovejoy city officials prepared for 50 to 70 job seekers to participate in the city’s job fair. However, 210 people sought employment at the Lovejoy Job Fair.

LOVEJOY — “You’re hired.”

Those are the words Cye Riddick heard Thursday when he attended the 2012 Lovejoy Job Fair.

Riddick is now employed with Reserves Network. He was among 210 people there looking for employment.

“We started at 9 a.m., and there were people outside sitting in their cars on the parking lot waiting to get in at 8 a.m.,” said Saundi McKee, Lovejoy Assistant Community Coordinator. “We were only expecting 50 to 70 people. We had to turn 20 people away because the employers reached their application quota.”

The job fair was hosted by the city of Lovejoy at the Lovejoy Community Center, located at 11622 Hastings Bridge Road.

McKee said the 2012 Lovejoy Job Fair was her first time organizing an event for the city. She said she was surprised that she was able to have seven employers to participate in the job fair.

“It was amazing, because the economy is so bad I actually found employers that were hiring,” she added. “I was overjoyed and overwhelmed at the same time, to see over 200 people come here today. It was really good to see that kind of turnout.”

The employers on hand for the event included Reserves Network, CareMasters, Pro Nurse Staffing, Clayton County Community Service Authority, Workforce Investment, Walmart and GEO Group.

“Prior to our next job fair, I believe it is crucial that we have a résumé-building-and-interviewing classes for job seekers,” she added. “That way we can ensure that the people applying for jobs are prepared for the work force.”

Lovejoy Assistant City Clerk Kaycia Rhone said the city saw the need to help residents with acquiring jobs.

“We wanted to connect our citizens with employers that are seeking people to work during the holiday season and even long term employment,” Rhone said.

Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright said the job fair was an impromptu effort by his staff. He said he was “extremely pleased” with the job fair turnout, for both the employees and the employers.

“I have instructed my staff to do a job fair quarterly, starting in January 2013,” Cartwright said. “We are looking to include additional employers for upcoming job fairs and resources to help job seekers. ... This was just another opportunity for the city of Lovejoy to give back to the community. I really wanted to publicly thank my staff for all they do to help make Lovejoy a great city.”