Job fairs a sign of improving market

As the unemployment rate continues to drop and companies compete for more workers, expect to see more announcements about job openings and job fairs around metro Atlanta.

Some examples:

Sprouts Farmers Market coming

The Phoenix-based company, which specializes in organic food products, is entering metro Atlanta with four locations between June and September and is still seeking 500 full- and part-time employees locally, from clerks to store management positions. To learn more or to apply, visit sprouts.com/careers.

Opening dates and locations for Sprouts’ metro Atlanta stores are:

• June 18 at 1250 Scenic Highway in the Snellville area.

• July 16 at 2480 Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody.

• Aug. 20 at 5130 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners.

• Sept. 17 at 3630 Peachtree Parkway in Johns Creek.

Comcast hiring military vets

Comcast, the pay TV and high-speed Internet service provider, said it is committed to hiring 1,000 veterans nationally by 2015 and will host a job fair next week in Stone Mountain toward that goal. The fair will be May 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1707 Lewis Way.

Comcast will provide information to veterans about career opportunities, teach resume development and help direct applicants to positions that are currently available, said the company, the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers.

More information is available at www.comcast-jobs.com/military.

Correctional officers needed

The state Department of Corrections is looking to hire correctional officers for the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison-Special Management Unit at a job fair Friday in Griffin. The fair will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the Griffin Career Center, 1514 Highway 16 W. Starting salary is $27,970. Applicants with military experience can be hired above the starting salary.

Pest control sales

Orkin, the pest control company, will conduct interviews for pest control sales agents Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Covington Career Center, 7249 Industrial Blvd. NE, in Covington. Applicant must complete an online application at www.orkincareers.com

Perfetta hiring

The state Labor Department will hold a job fair May 29 for Perfetta, a business process outsourcing firm that is looking to hire 125 people. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3100 Breckinridge Blvd Suite 200, Duluth. A minimum of six months of customer service experience is required.