House of Hope youth pastor Bobby Hampton hosted a job fair in DeKalb County.
Most job hunters who registered for the event were interested in positions in the information technology, computer science and business administration fields, Hampton said. But representatives for blue-collar and vocational jobs — including the Georgia Department of Transportation, which was looking for maintenance workers — were there as well.
Young adults with a diploma or GED who want to go straight into the workforce instead of college could apply with the DeKalb County Police Department or Emory Police, Hampton said. He pointed high school students poised for college to Walmart, which offers a tuition reimbursement program and was seeking supervisor, management, warehouse and sales associate positions.
The youth pastor's advice for those without any or much experience is to intern with a nonprofit or connect with a temp agency or staffing service, such as UpStaff Solutions, to help build a resume.
READ | Torpy at Large: When old crimes kill a new man's career dreams
READ | The 20 worst-paying jobs for women right now
READ | The 25 highest-paying jobs in the US right now — and which cities are hiring
Latangila Bellamy, from Encadria Staffing Solutions, whose parent company is Georgia-Pacific, was there recruiting for a machine operator position in Covington. The ideal candidate would be someone with light industrial and customer service experience, and who is used to the warehouse environment.
“We have a definite need and are definitely looking to put people to work,” Bellamy said, while fielding questions from a steady stream of people.
Parked outside the job fair was a mobile office for WorkSource DeKalb, a county program that provides job-seeker services. Jayson Porter, 19, had gone in to print out his resume for an HVAC job, a trade he'd received advanced training for in the Army.
Porter said he felt confident he’d get the job, despite a “difficult” job market due to the population surge in Atlanta.
Jayson Porter, 19, attended an Aug. 27, 2018 job fair in DeKalb County.
“I just want to hurry up and find my place, and stick to that one thing before I leave again,” said Porter, who could be deployed at any time.
Jasmine Singfield, an unemployed 23-year-old mother of a 3-year-old, also felt she was entering a "tough" job market with high competition. The Jonesboro resident had come to see about a security job with Allied Universal, which could provide needed flexibility.
But after seeing Grady Health System’s booth, she veered in that direction, interested in a position as a medical assistant — a field she’s studied at Clayton State University.
“Today I’m hopeful, because I got time to interact and meet with some of the recruiters that can give a good word,” Singfield said.
Uncertainty about the job market wasn’t unique to those new to the work force.
LeNair Hunt, a House of Hope church member who lives in Sandy Springs, said she has about 17 years of experience as a senior human resources manage. The 51-year-old completed four years of college at Illinois State University, but didn’t graduate, and has been working on getting a Mary Kay business off the ground.
Hunt was looking for an HR position at the fair, she said, after Comcast eliminated her position due to downsizing at last year.
“Life kind of happened after that, so I’m just now starting to get back into the job market, so we’ll see,” Hunt said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
LeNair Hunt, 51, attended an Aug. 27, 2018 job fair in DeKalb County.
Like Intown Atlanta News Now on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter
In other news...
The renovations to the Bank of America plaza is already attracting thousands of jobs, officials say.