Job Fair in Hart County Features Great Turnout

May 1, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Hundreds of people looking for work came from around Northeast Georgia and the Upstate Monday to Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell, resumes in hand, hoping to land a job with one of the more than 20 employers represented.

Sponsored by the Hart County Industrial Building Authority and the Toccoa Career Center, about 25 employers were on hand ready to interview and hire.

Career Center Director Kathy Smith, said most of the companies were hiring.

“We’ve had a lot of good customers coming through, dressed nice with resumes and ready to go to work,” said Career Center Director Kathy Smith.

One of those companies was Westwind Inc., which owns a number of Burger King Restaurants in Northeast Georgia and the Upstate.

District Supervisor Debbie Smith said they were looking to fill a number of positions Monday.

“We’re looking for everything from team members, to shift managers, to general managers,” she said. “We need people with a great attitude who are hard working.”

Also hiring Monday was the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Sergeant James Ashe is head of recruiting for Gwinnett County Police.

With a starting salary of $35,000, Ashe said they had a lot of people stopping by to find out how to apply.

“We’re recruiting full-time for police officers and dispatchers,” he said. “We have a lot of applications, but we have a very select few who can make it through the process. We’ve had a lot of interest but we require you go online to make your application.”

Smith said they plan to hold another career expo sometime in the fall.