Allison Blood, KMOX

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX)  – More than a thousand people stood in line for hours to get into a job fair put on by Missouri Career Centers in North County.

Twenty year old Jasmine Earvin has been out of work since August. She handed resumes to more than 20 companies at the career fair, and though she’s among thousands of competitors for jobs with companies like Express Scripts, Ameren Missouri and St. Louis Bread Company, she’s remaining positive.

“Yeah, I think I’m going to walk out of here with a job,” she said.

Organizers say they were surprised by how many people showed up, and businesses looking to hire say they were pleased with the caliber of applicants at the career fair. Organizers say they’re considering holding a second career fair because the interest was so high from both employers and prospective employees.

McDonald Carheel was one of the interviewers at the career fair. He runs a company that places people in jobs. He says more businesses are looking to fill positions, and not just part-time. He says companies can now afford full-time workers, and that’s a good sign for the economy.

Carheel says the number one thing he looks for in an applicant is passion for the job, but it never hurts to have a good resume, and show up looking ready to work.

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