Bass Pro Shops turns job hopefuls away at career fair

Bass Pro Shops begins three-day job fair event
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Melissa Maher and her service dog Chauncy (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Melissa Maher and her service dog Chauncy (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Bass Pro Shops saw so many people come to Monday's job fair, it started turning people away.

WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark confirms the job fair organizers are telling people coming into the Memphis Cook Convention Center to come back on Tuesday instead.

The job fair was supposed to stay open until 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Hundreds of Mid-Southerners lined up to get their foot in the door and hopefully land a lucrative job.

Bass Pro Shops says it has more than 600 open positions in the new Pyramid location, which is scheduled to open in May.

"Just looking for a job, hoping to be able to add something to my family's overall income," U.S. veteran Melissa Maher said. "[Trying to] take some of the stress off my husband."

Applicants who made it inside on Monday already received their first interviews. Now, they will wait to hear whether they made the cut for a call back later this week.

"Second interviews start the day after the job fair," said store manager David Hagel.

Tanya West was all smiles when she finished her interview.

"I sat for a few hours, waited on them to call my name, they called my name and they told me what I wanted to hear," she said. "We'll have training like that the last week of April and going from there, I'll be working in the apparel department with the hunting clothes."

The company says it's looking for hard working, dedicated, and enthusiastic people to work in its store, full service hotel, and restaurants.

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