Thousands look for jobs at DeSoto Co. job fair

(WMC-TV) - Thousands of job seekers piled into the DeSoto Civic Center Tuesday for a chance to impress dozens of companies looking to hire new people.

One of those people, John Albritton, identified himself as an entrepreneur who has been self-employed since 1977. Albritton's last project, developing housing subdivisions, took a dive about five years ago. Tuesday, he found himself at the Southaven job fair, out of work for the first time.

"This is my first time ever really looking to work for the other guy," he said.

In fact, Albritton hasn't searched for a job in 33 years.

"I feel uncomfortable because it's so new, but I'm sure the more I get out here the better I'll feel about it," he said.

With over 52 companies represented at the 2011 state sponsored job fair, Albritton says he's open to almost anything.

"I'm just looking to see what I might be qualified to do," he said.

In a tough economy, the director of the Governor's Job Fair Network, Adam Todd, says it's imperative that job seekers be flexible.

"You have to be open and have an open mind to know that you might have been traveling one path your entire life but be willing to change," he said.

Passing out his resume to several potential employers, Albritton was hopeful, and compared his job search to a fishing trip.

"There are a couple of places I'm definitely interested in," he said. I got some bites so, you know, that's progress."

Fast facts about Tuesday's job fair:

- Attendance: over 2,500

- Resumes accepted: 7,645

- On site interviews: 699

- Job offers extended: 515

- Estimated hires from Tuesday's fair within the next year: 916

(Source: Adam Todd)

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