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Young job-seekers flock to student fair
Seasonal work the main draw
Kate Jarrard, a senior at Forsyth Central High School, talks with Larry Maxwell, director of camping for the Forsyth Family YMCA. - photo by Jennifer Sami
Based on turnout for Wednesday’s student job fair, adults aren’t alone in their quest for employment.

Nearly 400 high school students from across the county lined up in the Forsyth Central High School cafeteria, waiting to talk to recruiters and fill out applications.

West Forsyth High School senior Mary Ewing, who said she heard about the fair through friends, was looking for summer work before she heads to the University of North Carolina Asheville in the fall.

“It’s so hard to search out places that are hiring,” she said. “So if you know which places are hiring, it’s so much easier for them to hire and for us to get hired.”

Twins and South Forsyth High School sophomores Heather and Haley Overend also were seeking summer employment.

“This is our first job, so we’re just looking for anything,” Heather Overend said.

Parents weren’t an uncommon sight at the job fair. Heather Samples, a senior at Central, came with her mother, Melinda.

The younger Samples seemed interested in a counselor position with the Forsyth Family YMCA.

The summer job would help her earn some extra money. Eventually, though, Samples said she would like to become a hair stylist.

Twelve companies were at the fourth annual event, sponsored by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

“Forsyth County is still full of opportunity,” said Kris Carroll, a chamber spokeswoman. “Our school system is producing top quality graduates who are engaged and excited about entering the work force, and our business community has enough growth happening to have positions available for these new workers.”

Among the participating employers were the U.S. Army, FASTSIGNS and Autobell Car Wash.

The North Carolina-based car wash is expanding into Georgia, beginning with stores in Acworth and Alpharetta.

“Ninety-eight percent of our employees are students, so we like to get high-energy kids,” said Bryan Thompson, district manager. “This is huge for us. It’s saving us time and money.”

Thompson said he was looking to recruit between 30 and 40 high school and college students for the Alpharetta location. He said the job fair provided a more personal hiring method.

“You always like to have someone that can come up and you can see them smile, shake their hand and see their personality,” he said. “You get to interact with them. It’s a lot better than dealing with a stack of resumes.”

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