Thousands wait in long lines at job fair

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dressed in their best interview outfits, few of the thousands of job seekers standing in line outside the Grady Cole Center could have imagined it would be an 80 degree day in March that they'd be waiting in.

They waited, though, and hoped one of the many resumes they'd drop off with employers would land them a much needed job.

There were 85 different employers at the 24th annual job fair at Central Piedmont Community College.

"We have a diverse group of job seekers coming out here today and we're really glad to see that the group of employers is just as diverse.  We hope everyone finds something that matches their qualifications and background," said Christy Curts, the event organizer and a career counselor at CPCC.

She says they're seeing an increase in hiring based on the number of employers calling the career center offices looking for potential employees to bring on staff.

"We're optimistic about the future," Curts added.

That was something Eric Pendergrass was happy to hear.  He was recently laid off and is looking for a new job.

"This is good because here today you get a chance to talk to somebody.  They probably get a million applications a day online but here you can see someone face to face," Pendergrass said.

He was looking for light industrial work or something in customer service.  He did walk away with a couple of potential leads but he knows until he lands a job the search doesn't stop.

"I've got to keep pushing until something breaks through," he said.

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