Connie Lowery, a human resources manager for the Fort Gordon/Augusta Exchange stores, gave out more than 300 information sheets to job seekers at a job fair hosted by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA (Augusta) on March 8. Although her company is only looking to fill five positions, she was thrilled by the interest.
“We ran out of fliers within the first hour and had to make more copies,” she told The Augusta Chronicle. “We expect to get a lot of applications online. It’s been a very productive day.”
Fifteen companies at the fair were looking to fill more than 500 positions. Among the larger employers were Bridgestone Americas, which had 200 positions, and SITEL, which had 100. Representatives from U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) were on hand, and more than 700 job seekers, including Shanta Sturgis, attended.
“So many people are looking. I wanted to be here first thing,” Sturgis said. The mother of five and job fair regular lined up two hours before the doors opened to be among the first inside. “I’ve been everywhere, and I’m willing to do basically anything.”