(09/22/11) - One way you can attract a lot of people these days is by holding a job fair.
There were big turnouts at two jobs fairs in Mid-Michigan Thursday, and for many who attend, they keep looking anywhere they can to find employment.
For most of the people ABC12 talked with Thursday, they would like to stop going to these job fairs, but it does give them hope.
Sometimes, just looking for a job can be exhausting.
"It's been a lot of hard work looking for a job in Bay City," says Drew Bissonnete of Bay City.
But that's what Bissonnete and a lot of people were doing in Bay City at the job fair for the new Bay Area Family Y, which is still under construction and scheduled to open in December. To these job seekers, any new business is a chance to end their status of being unemployed.
"The new Y is bringing in a laundry list of opportunties for everyone involved and I think it's going to be a huge positive impact on everyone," says Ryan Browne of Reese.
"I've been looking for a job for quite a while...and I thought this was a good opportunity since it's semi-related to my major," said Kelly Arambula.
Hundreds are expected to apply for up to 120 positions.
"It's been tough," said Demarco Jones of Bay City.
Jones has a 2-year-old child, and was glad to see the number of possible job openings here, compared to where he has applied in the past.
"With the economy the way it is, people just aren't hiring, and the people they are, you know, they are hiring for two jobs and you've the volume of people, a couple of hundred people for two jobs," Jones says.
"There's a lot of people here, so it's unnerving to see all the competition," Browne said.
There was more competition at the Great Lakes Bay Job Fair in Saginaw Township.
"A lot of these jobs, they are wanting things they are not qualified for yet," said Theresa Fitzpatrick of Spring Arbor University.
Fitzpatrick encourages people to take college courses to get qualified for something job applicants are interested in.
"To look at where their passion lays, if you can't build on something that you love to do, you are never going to be happy at what you are doing," says Fitzpatrick.
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