ATLANTA, Ga - The prospect of a paycheck at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport drew a steady line of people ranging from teenagers to a 61-year-old who's been out of work since November.
"It's not a desperate situation," Paulette Reeves said. "I need help paying the bills."
HMSHost will hold three job fairs this week to fill 150 positions in food services and retail. The company will eventually fill 700 positions over the next four months for restaurants and stores opening at the airport's new international terminal.
Meca Johnson, who is helping support her family, was hired on the spot.
"They told me they were looking for motivated people," the 18-year-old said. "They said I had a nice attitude. This is not just a job but possibly a career, so I took it and ran with it."
Among the people who lined up outside of the airport's Concessions Recruitment Office was Ryan Burford, who was recently laid off from his job with a security company.
"My actual goal is to be a police officer, so I'm working toward that," Burford said. "This is just a stepping stone here."
Burford rated his chances of getting an airport job at 50-50.
Paulette Reeves lost her job working at a Riverdale dry cleaner when the business closed. She'd been employed there for 17 years.
"I'm just believing this is the right place," she said of the openings at the airport. "I just have a peace about it."
HMSHost will hold another job fair on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., an online job fair Thursday, andthen another for management positions on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.