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Job seekers have Tough Questions about job fair at Atlanta Technical College

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Do job fairs get people work?

CBS Atlanta asked that tough question following Thursday's massive job fair at Atlanta Technical College. Nearly 5,000 people waited in line up to seven hours. Paramedics treated nine people for heat exhaustion.

Many viewers posted on CBS Atlanta's Facebook page to complain about the event.

"Once you get inside, no one was really taking resumes. Um, I think I gave out maybe two resumes," said Tiffany Walker.

Walked waited five hours in line. Once it was her turn, she said she found no jobs, only companies directing her to their web sites.

The event was sponsored by U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) and U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) along with ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Johnson Friday released a statement, that read, in part:

"Job seekers made multiple connections with the 90+ employers seeking job applicants, and out of these connections will come follow up and job offers to those who qualified. A number of job seekers were offered jobs on the spot. This is a nationwide effort and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will publish precise numbers after receiving information from the employers. Preliminary reports indicate that they identified many good prospects in Atlanta."

One of the companies represented was Greenburg, Stein, and Associates. They conducted on-site interviews. A spokesman said he'll bring in 150 potential employees Monday for interviews. He expected to hire 100 of them.

Walker said that company was the exception.

Miriam Salpeter, a job search and social media coach as well as author of "Social Networking for Career Success", agreed job fairs can be difficult places to find immediate work.

"Most job fairs are looking for people to apply online, and they're just trying to get out there into the community and let people know jobs are available," said Salpeter.

She advised job-seekers to do their homework before attending a job fair. She said research the companies that will be there ahead of time in order to impress the recruiters. She said that way they'll remember you when you apply online.

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