Largest turnout ever at Lake Worth job fair

By Al Pefley  email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - It's been held for a decade, but this year's Job Fair at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth was unlike any other. The school was expecting 1,500 people, but instead 2,300 showed up. It's the biggest turnout in the event's history.

An organizer says people started showing up at 7:30 Thursday morning, two hours before the doors opened. She estimates there were 50 to 100 people in line, waiting outside when they started letting people in at 9:30.

The job fair drew not only college students, but also other people who need a job.

"It's very tough right now trying to get a position,  trying to get a salaried job. 'Cause everybody tells you you're overqualified," said Virginia Pruitt, a job seeker.

"I'm confident in my abilities, and I know, as long as I get my foot in the door which is what I'm doing today, I'm that much closer to getting a job in the future," said Andrew Calideen, a college student who attended the Job Fair.

More than 50 companies and organizations took part, including Home Depot, Prudential, Hertz, Bank of America, the FBI and others.

About a half dozen other firms canceled recently and did not come, saying they no longer had any jobs to offer.

The next PBCC job fair will be November 5 at their Palm Beach Gardens campus.