Mayor Kasim Reed Hosts Hire One Atlanta Career Fair
Job fair reached capacity with more than 3,000 job seekers; More than 70 companies attended to fill 1,500 vacancies
ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta hosted the Hire One Atlanta Career Fair today in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle and The Coca-Cola Company. The all-day job fair was held at the Atlanta Civic Center and attracted more than 3,000 job applicants.
“As Mayor, I am committed to working with the business community to help put Atlantans back to work,” Mayor Reed said. “Since the inception of the Hire One Atlanta initiative, more than 15,000 Atlanta residents have found employment and I believe we are moving in the right direction by encouraging companies to hire local talent.”
Companies such as Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, Sun Trust Bank, Turner Broadcasting, MARTA, Marriot Marquis, Habitat for Humanity and ADT Security were hiring at the career fair today. Many job seekers also attended career workshops which focused on résumé writing and interview techniques. With more than 70 companies in attendance and more than 1,500 positions to fill, applicants had plenty of opportunities to engage directly with employers.
"As a major employer that has hired approximately 200 people in Atlanta this year, Georgia-Pacific is honored to work with Mayor Kasim Reed and the Hire One Atlanta initiative," said Wanda Bowman, director of talent selection for Georgia-Pacific. "Today’s Hire One Career Fair was a valuable opportunity for Georgia-Pacific to connect with an experienced and diverse pool of candidates as we work to fill numerous positions across our company.”
“We are pleased with the success of today's career fair,” said City of Atlanta Commissioner of Human Resources Yvonne Cowser Yancy. “We met many qualified candidates and conducted on-site interviews. As an employer, it is critical that we are able to meet skilled candidates who are experienced and prepared to meet the challenges of today's workplace.”
Hire One Atlanta is an innovative, public-private partnership – the first of its kind anywhere in the United States. The idea for Hire One Atlanta was developed by Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Business Chronicle publisher Ed Baker with the simple goal of encouraging metro Atlanta’s 150,000 employers to hire at least one new employee. By systematically targeting Atlanta businesses, the program has seen great results. To date, local corporations have made nearly 15,000 new hires among the more than 1,500 companies currently registered with Hire One Atlanta.