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State Farm holds career fair

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The Atlanta job market is getting a big boost.

State Farm is looking to hire 800 people and they're holding a two-day job fair at the Westin Hotel on the north side.

State Farm said it was making certain cities hubs by beefing up manpower, and picking Atlanta was all about location.

"It's easy to respond to a hurricane on the Gulf Coast or a tornado in the Midwest. So this is just great location," said State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.

And the people looking for a new job couldn't agree more.

"I like the customer service they have when they approach you. I want to be a part of that," said Brittany Holland.

But with 800 jobs up for grabs, getting inside for the interview wasn't easy. At times, the line stretched around the building, forcing some people to wait more than two hours.

"When I first walked up I was like, 'Um, do I really want to be here today because it was really packed.' It was wrapped around the corner," said Holland.

And it wasn't exactly ideal conditions for waiting around.

"The heat is incredible. It is hot, very hot. As you can see I'm drenched and wet," said Jon Morgan.

But most said a quality job was worth the wait.

"I feel that sometimes to get something good you have to wait," said Chiniqua Allen.

And for people like Allen, it could be a life changer.

"The package they offer with the benefits is something that would benefit me and my family," said Allen.

And she's certainly not alone when it comes to supporting her family by coming to the job fair.

"It would mean a lot because I'm recently engaged so I really need something that can be a stable job," said Morgan.

State Farm said it will start filling the positions in about two weeks, but it will take months before they fill all 800.

Day 2 of the job fair starts Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Full-time and part-time positions are available.

  • What: State Farm Career Fair
  • When: Aug. 6 and 7
  • Where: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30328
  • Time: Aug. 6 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Aug. 7 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Interested candidates should:

  1. Apply online at www.statefarm.com/careers
  2. Arrive early.
  3. Dress in business attire.
  4. Bring resumes.
  5. Bring patience.
  6. Become familiar with competency based interviews and questions.
  7. Bring excitement and energy needed for an opportunity to work in a fast-paced call center environment with a great company that has growth opportunities.

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