Hundreds of job seekers turned out at a mega job fair in Miami Lakes Tuesday as more than 2,500 openings at 35 companies were available.
Lines were long outside Don Shula's Hotel as some companies were hiring on the spot, offering full-time hours and benefits.
"Since there’s a lot of applicants the companies get more selective," said Jesus Leon. "I'm just looking for an entry-level job, I think it’s a great opportunity for the community."
Many waited in line before the doors opened for any kind of work possible. Leon said he is looking for a better life for his 7-year-old daughter.
“Looking for a better economy and stability and something you can rely on for the future," he said.
Ring Power Corporation is one of the companies that was on hand. They were looking for new sales employees and crane technicians, and their representative said the first impression means a lot.
“We’re looking for confidence, eye contact, ability to hold small talk conversation," Christina Golden said. "We do not require a degree, it’s something that’s preferred but a lot of times your prior experiences in the work place are adequate."
In addition to Ring Power, the job fair was sponsored by Benihana, the Florida Department of Health and FirstService Residential. Officials from the job fair said there will be more applicants than job openings.
"It’s basically speed dating for a job, you have thousands of people that will be out here today, you have one chance to make a good first impression," job fair worker Tiffany Price said.
Price said it's important to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes.
"I believe if you go into every day with a positive attitude you will find something eventually," Leon said.
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