COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Hundreds of Chattahoochee Valley residents looking for work flocked to West Central Georgia Regional Hospital today in hopes of landing a job.
Unlike most career fairs, the hospital, which specializes in behavioral health and rehabilitation services, was hiring on the spot.
Darrell Branscomb has been looking for a full-time job for two years.
The concern on his face was evident at today's career fair.
The search, exhausting.
"Online, down at the Department of Labor, it's like a continuing process, sometimes you get frustrated, you don't know if it's going to be your day or not," Branscomb said.
But today was his day.
Branscomb was hired full-time in West Central's housekeeping department.
One of 40 brought on at this job fair, according to William Kelly, talent and management recruiter at West Central.
"We review and screen the application based on your qualifications, and then we'll actually set you up based on your level of interest and your qualifications with the appropriate hiring manager, Kelly said.
Some are nurses, some will work within the finance department, others will take care of the facilities.
All were thankful for the opportunity.
But for Susan Bottoms, it was especially meaningful.
She lives in Auburn and had commuted to a nursing job in Montgomery, but is quickly approaching her final week there due to cutbacks.
"I'm a single parent, so employment is very important and when I came in and saw all the people here, it's a little overwhelming, but after the interview, I feel pretty good about it," Bottoms said.
For Branscomb, it's a chance to start over.
After a long search, he hopes today was the end of a two year journey...and the beginning of his future.
"It's real hard out there. There's not that many opportunities that people want to hire you full-time, people want to hire you part time and it's a struggle out there, so if somebody offers you a full time job, I tell anyone to jump on it," Branscomb said.