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Video: 200 new jobs coming to Atlanta Airport

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Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

ATLANTA -- Three new restaurants are looking to fill 200 positions at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

More than 1,000 people lined up Monday at the Marriott Century Center Hotel for a chance to land one of the jobs.

The job fair will continue at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center Hotel, 2000 Century Blvd NE (off of I-85 and Clairmont), on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A few hundred new jobs here, a few hundred more there, and you have the makings of an economic recovery: Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that a lot more jobs will be opening up.

Three hundred new jobs are coming to Cherokee County.

Inalfa Roof Systems is constructing a factory there to build sunroofs for the major car-makers. It expects to have the factory open by January 2014 and will start hiring this fall.

Also on Monday, the governor announced 500 jobs will be coming to the new Ponce City Market in northeast Atlanta.

The employer is a healthcare management company called athenahealth. It is going to be a major tenant of Ponce City Market and will phase in the new jobs over five years.

And 200 more people are needed right now to work at restaurants at the airport.

"I'm very bullish on what's going on," said Tom Smith of Emory's Goizueta Business School.

"I mean, certainly we wouldn't normally get excited about 100 jobs, or 200 jobs or 500 rolling into the economy here and there. But ... it's a lot of companies that are making smaller and medium moves... when you combine all of them, I mean you're really talking about quite a substantial change for Georgia's economy ... The fact that they're all doing it, I think, is a good sign for Atlanta's and Georgia's economy."

It is consistent, he said, with the overall trend of Georgia unemployment rate, which is falling.

At the job fair for the airport restaurant jobs, some applicants got hired on the spot, while others left resumes after personal interviews.

With 6,500 people already working at Hartsfield-Jackson in food and retail concessions, another 200 will be hired by Tuesday and 700 more in the months ahead.

The hiring is all part of an effort to staff up more than 250 concessions on the airport's five courses, in the atrium and in the new international terminal.

The latest push is to open the new restaurants on Concourse A: Chick-fil-A, Varasano's Pizza and Great Wraps.

The available jobs range from dishwasher to pizza maker and general manager. The Atlanta-based company says it will keep hiring through next year until it fills 1,500 jobs for its 32 airport properties.

At Monday's job fair, most job hunters got there early, and having a resume was a must. More than 20 interviewers were on hand to check candidates out.

"I received a job offer for a shift supervisor position. I am very excited about it, so we will be going from there," said Candace Harris.

The irony is Harris brought her son to give him support as he went for a job. He turned out to be too young (he's 17 years old, and 18 is the minimum age), and interviewers offered Harris a job instead.

With thousands turning out to land these positions, Louis Miller, Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager, says do your homework.

"You must do a little research. Before you come for the interview, look into the background of what is expected of you, and ask why they may want me at the airport," Miller said.

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