Job seekers flock to career expo
by Rachel Miller
September 12, 2013 12:28 AM | 1279 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hundreds of job seekers lined up at the Cobb County Civic Center on Wednesday for the 2013 Marietta/Cobb Career Fair, which featured more than 80 employers looking to fill jobs. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Hundreds of job seekers lined up at the Cobb County Civic Center on Wednesday for the 2013 Marietta/Cobb Career Fair, which featured more than 80 employers looking to fill jobs.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Residents from around Cobb County dressed in business suits waited in long lines for a chance to hand a portfolio or resume to a potential employer Wednesday afternoon.

The 11th annual Marietta/Cobb Career Expo, at the Cobb County Civic Center on the corner of Fairground Street and South Marietta Parkway, had 80 booths filled with recruiters.

The career fair was put on by City Councilman Anthony Coleman, Cobbworks Inc. and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

If the length of the line snaking around the Civic Center on Wednesday was any indication, the local job market is anything but robust.

The unemployment rate for Cobb County stood at 7.7 percent in July, compared to 8.0 in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Large corporations participating in the job fair included AT&T, Comcast, Staples, McDonald’s, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Home Depot. Several major hotel chains such as Westin, Hampton Inn and Hyatt Regency also were on site offering information about available positions, as was the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A few local employers also made a showing at the fair, including Family First Dentistry of Marietta and Chisel Printing & Media Co., along with staffing agencies like Manpower and Express Employment Professionals.

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