Airport job fair attracts thousands, highlights Hartsfield-Jackson’s mission

Filed in Events, Jobs, News by on March 3, 2016

For nearly three years, Kameron Moore set his sights on landing a job at ATL.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old Clayton County resident was hired on the spot at the Airport Community Job Fair.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Moore, who after undergoing training will take the floor as a sales consultant for StratMar Retail Services.

Moore was among the 4,116 job candidates – 2,419 pre-registered individuals and 1,697 walk-ins – who filled the Georgia International Convention Center in the hope of launching a career at the world’s most traveled and efficient airport. By comparison, the Airport’s job fair in 2015 drew nearly 4,000 people, and the event in 2013 attracted some 2,700.

About 40 of the ATL community’s top employers were on hand Tuesday, with positions ranging from cashiers and cooks to baristas and baggage handlers. In all, more than 500 positions were up for grabs.

“It was a great turnout,” said event organizer Chermaine Axam, assistant manager for community affairs in the Department of Aviation. “People were excited and engaging, and they lined up in such an orderly fashion.”

Matching employers with potential employees was Job One, underscoring Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s mission to serve as an economic engine for driving jobs and growing wealth in metro Atlanta and beyond.

As the state’s largest employer, Hartsfield-Jackson provides more than 63,000 jobs onsite. That’s up from 58,000 in 2009. The Airport also propels more than 400,000 jobs throughout the region, with the total annual revenue generated by those jobs at more than $64 billion.

Moore is proud to join ATL’s ranks, but he wasn’t the only one who secured employment Tuesday. A number of individuals, including at least two Clayton County High School students, also received job offers.

The secrets to Moore’s success: preparation and presentation.

Two days before the event, Moore printed out resumes, mapped out his route and even picked out his clothes (a black blazer with matching slacks and tie and a cerulean shirt). He spent 4½ hours at the job fair, networking with and pitching to company representatives.

His advice to future Airport job fair attendees? “Come dressed as if this a 100 percent career move because that gets a lot of attention,” he said. “Some people just came in regular clothes.”

Job fair vendor Troy Blakey, in-airport marketing manager for StratMar, said Moore stood out with his communication skills and “go-getter” attitude. Moore was the only person StratMar hired at the job fair, but Blakey is interviewing 10 to 15 more people from the event.

Compared with other job fairs, Blakey called the Airport event “very efficient and effective,” particularly the holding area designed to stagger a crush of candidates.

“It was like a Ferris wheel that you couldn’t wait to get on,” he said. “That impressed me.”

In addition to Airport-related companies, other organizations, including the Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue, met with job hopefuls. APD received 60 job applications.

The event also offered training on job search techniques, interviewing etiquette and networking.

Maya Tarssoum of McDonough handed out resumes and filled out applications for jobs in customer service, with a few positions at Delta Air Lines and HSS piquing her interest. She had high praise for the event.

“This is the best job fair I’ve been to in a minute,” Tarssoum said. “The last job fair I attended was last year, and it wasn’t worth going to. It was chaotic. This one was very well organized.”

Event organizers had a holding area to stagger the crush of candidates. Photo by Adam Linke with the Decisive Moment Photojournalism

Event organizers had a holding area to stagger the crush of candidates. Photos by Adam Linke with the Decisive Moment Photojournalism

 

The Airport Community Job Fair attracted more than 4,000 people from across metro Atlanta. Photo by Adam Linke with the Decisive Moment Photojournalism

The Airport Community Job Fair attracted more than 4,000 people from across metro Atlanta.

 

The Airport Community Job Fair was held in the Georgia International Convention Center. Photo by Adam Linke with the Decisive Moment Photojournalism

The Airport Community Job Fair was held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

 

Delta was among the vendors at Tuesday's job fair. About 40 of the ATL community's top employers were on hand, with more than 500 jobs up for grabs. Photo by Adam Linke with the Decisive Moment Photojournalism

Delta Air Lines was among the vendors at Tuesday’s job fair. About 40 of the ATL community’s top employers were on hand, with more than 500 jobs up for grabs.

 

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