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Airport job fair ends Wed., 700 jobs available

ATLANTA -- There's still one day left for job seekers to to try to land a job at any one of 150 new restaurants and retail shops about to open at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Most of the 700 new positions available will be in the airport's new international terminal, due to open on May 16.

Thousands of people have spent time over the past two days standing in line at the job fair at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 2,000 applicants showed up on Monday and again on Tuesday. Thousands are expected to show up on Wednesday as well.

Some applicants, like Carlo Toney, have been out of work for months. He say he has experience in catering, and he says he will take anything available to get started.

"Mostly working in like deli's and stuff like that, making ice cream, smoothies -- anything right now and I have experience doing that," Toney said.

Others like Adrian Jones, say they want to better their careers.

"I have a degree in marketing from Georgia State University and I am looking for management experience and that's why I am here," she said. "I am currently working with a nonprofit organization but now I want to expand my career."

Venus Yarls says she already works overnight in healthcare, but needs a day job so she can look after her children.

"I have three kids and I am exhausted. They go to school and I get a few hours sleep, then they come back, and I get them off the bus," she said. "I am trying to work in the daytime."

Applicants can expect long lines and a long wait. It's important for applicants to do a little homework before heading to the job fair.

Knowing the companies that are doing the interviewing and what they're looking for is important and helpful.

Information on the companies and postions are available from the Hartsfield-Jackson website.