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Hundreds seek summer jobs at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

POSTED: March 27, 2009 11:03 p.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Hundreds wait for interviews Friday afternoon at Lake Lanier Islands' Presentation Point Pavillion during a job fair for available summer positions.

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BUFORD — A steady drizzle was not enough to keep hundreds of applicants away from a summer job fair Friday at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Job seekers dressed in everything from cutoff jeans to coats and ties waited their turn for a brief interview and a chance for one of 250 seasonal jobs at the resort.

“We anticipated a big crowd,” said Grier Todd, chief operating officer for the resort. “We’re really pleased with both the quantity and quality of applicants.”

He acknowledged that the job fair, normally dominated by teens and college students, drew more adult applicants this year.

“Obviously, it’s a bridge for some adults,” Todd said, adding that some summer workers have been offered full-time positions in the past.

Lorrie Fields moved to Braselton two months ago from Michigan. She came South hoping the job situation would be better.

“I prefer supervisory work, but with the economy where it is, I’ll take what I can get,” Fields said.

Sean Murray of Suwanee is a college junior who said he was looking for any kind of work he could find.

“I’ve gone all over the place,” he said. “I’ve gone all up and down my area and have looked online and in the papers. It’s really tough.”

A high school junior, Jonathan Milby of Lawrenceville, said the jobs for teens are few.

“I’ve applied a lot of places, like the Mall of Georgia, and just can’t find a job anywhere,” Milby said.

Those applying completed their paperwork and then lined up for positions that ranged from working at the golf course to cleaning hotel rooms. Each candidate was given a brief interview on site and will be notified if they are hired.

As he looked across the Presentation Point pavilion, Todd was pleased with his pool of applicants, which he predicted might have been even larger with good weather. But the rain brought the best news, as Todd is hopeful of opening the season with more water in the lake than in the past few years.

“That’s really good,” he said.

The resort canceled a second day of applications set for today after predictions of heavy rain and possible severe weather. Todd said the resort would announce a date for a second round of applications.



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