(09/18/13) - There was a new hope for job seekers in Mid-Michigan, Wednesday.
A job fair was held at the Birch Run Expo Center, and hundreds of jobs were up for grabs.
The event was hosted by the Birch Run Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Job-seekers were urged to bring plenty of resumes and dress for success.
Last year, there were 2,500 job-seekers looking for work and 600 openings. Some of the jobs available were retail, clerical, hotel, automotive and manufacturing. The jobs were seasonal, permanent, part-time and full-time.
"The majority of the jobs are retail, but not just retail, we've got trucking companies that's looking for a mechanic, we have an apartment complex that's looking for a maintenance supervisor, we have clerical positions available," said organizer Mike Szukhent.
We spoke with one store manager and asked what most companies look for when hiring.
"Someone who's, has that desire to be inspired, is willing to grow with the company, is willing to do what it takes to be successful. Someone who's aggressive, who sees the ability within themselves versus someone having to pull it out of them," said Tami Glowiski, Ann Taylor store manager.
We also talked with quite a few of those job seekers, including a single mother of three who hopes that something good will come out of this job fair.
For the past three years, Jennifer Fry has been unemployed. She's had some temporary jobs, but nothing led to a full time position.
It's a struggle for her and her three children.
"It's been hard. I had to get assistance from the state, but it's only been for food stamps and Medicaid, so as far as bills piling up and stuff like that and feeling bad because I can't get school clothes for them," she said.
Fry has background in sales and some custodian work. At this point, she wants something that will make it easier to pay the bills.
"Because it's been so long and knowing that I can start doing things for my kids and start paying for bills, it would be pretty exciting to hear from somebody," she said.
The job fair was held from 2-7 p.m.
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