Two hundred jobs: 1500 applicants

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The long line of applicants says it all.

Each a person in desperate need of a job, like accountant John Monti who has been unemployed for over a year.

So he and hundreds of other jobless stood in the heat outside until they could get inside the air-conditioned ballroom of the Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach which is set to open November 4.

Applicants filled out paperwork, met managers, and hoped to snag a job.

"The economic times we are going through; these are the types of things you gotta do to find some work," said Monti.

Two hundred jobs are up for grabs, yet an estimated 1,500 people are expected to show up for the two-day job fair.

The positions are entry level to junior management including reservation agents, line cooks, and housekeepers.

Even though the job fair opened at 10 a.m, "We've had people actually start lining at 6 a.m. this [Wednesday] morning, and there are still 300 people out there waiting to come through the doors right now," said William Sander, G.M. Of Seagate Hotel & Spa.

Prospective employers like to have a large pool of candidates to chose from, but, back in the line, those who are actually applying for the jobs wish there wasn't so much competition.

After so long, Monti just hopes this job fair will be the one.

"With each new door comes another opportunity," he said.

The Seagate Hotel job fair continues Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The hotel is located on 1000 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.