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Thousands turn out for job fair

Get a grip: Sandra Havertong, the district store director for Fashion to Figure, shakes hands with prospective employee Ngina Harris of Sheepshead Bay at the Kings Plaza Job Fair on July 8.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

They came, they saw — and some conquered.

Thousands of eager applicants turned out for the job fair held at the Kings Plaza shopping center on July 8, along with more than 31 businesses looking to fill around 500 positions.

One employer was impressed with the candidates, and found the employees she wanted.

“I will be able to fill the positions I was looking for,” said Sandra Havertong, the district store director for Fashion to Figure, who was looking for employees for multiple businesses and locations. “They were better prepared this time — pens in hand, copies of resumes.”

The biannual job fair is held each October and July at the shopping center.

With more than 4,500 attendees, the lines to enter the job fair were long and winding.

Serious applicant: Brianna Hutson of Coney Island filled out plenty of job applications.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“Getting inside was a long time ,” said Ngina Harris of Sheepshead Bay, who made a few connections at the event.

But once she was inside, Harris said the lines at the employers’ tables took only a few minutes — and it was well worth the wait once she realized the jobs weren’t dull.

“It wasn’t like they were boring jobs,” said Harris. “They were fun jobs.”

Though there weren’t enough job openings for all the applicants at the moment, Havertong walked away with a full list of new employees — and a few extra resumes, just in case.

“It was a successful day,” said Havertong. “Not only am I keeping a list of people I want to take on immediately, I am keeping a list of people for the future.”

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
That’s a long line: Several hundred people waited in line — and the line stretched completely around Kings Plaza.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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