Manpower job fair brings in hundreds

February 4, 2009 6:34:23 PM PST
The rising unemployment rate has hundreds of people looking for a job. The Manpower office in Raleigh is trying to fill roughly 370 new jobs.

All the positions are within the financial industry and range from loan specialists and underwriters to director-level management positions.

Some of the jobs need to be filled immediately; others won't need to be filled until a couple of months from now.

About 1,000 people showed up to apply Wednesday. Due to the number of applications, the company had to interview in large groups.

"A team member from Manpower will discuss the positions with them," said Kade Kimber with Manpower Marketing. "We're trying to get people moved in rather quickly. At this point unfortunately it will be in groups that we meet with people. Approximately 20 to 30 people will come in at a time and will divided up among the different floors here."

"Hopefully a lot of people have luck including myself," Apex resident Joe Perry said.

The parking lot was jammed packed full of cars with the lobby beyond busy at least two hours before the job fair's 4 p.m. kick off. Two off-duty officers also had to direct traffic. The job fair lasted until 7 p.m.

"You come early because you really want to get in and the way the economy is now everybody's looking for a job," Durham resident Louise Millner said.

"Just thankful for an opportunity to be able to get out there and get my resume out," Clayton resident Paula Schwarze said.

Applying is a well oiled machine making it and in and out process for applicants like Paula Schwarze who's been out of work for more than two years.

"Right now it's the economy and my husband also lost his job at the beginning of the year so both of us are unemployed so we're looking for something to do, so time to get back out there and work," Schwarze said.


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