30 employers use job fair in effort to fill 1,400 positions

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A massive seasonal job fair wrapped up Tuesday evening at the Florida Mall, where more than 30 employers were looking to fill more than 1,400 positions for the busy holiday season.

As dozens of employers took resumes from job hopefuls, hundreds more lined up hoping to land a much-needed paycheck.

While job seekers like Alexander Gary are looking for work since being laid off, others like Carmen Fletcher are looking for a second job to help pay the bills.

If an employer likes an applicant's resume, that person can get a job that pays at least $10 an hour. The seasonal jobs could even lead to a permanent position, employers said.

"This is an opportunity that could actually lead to full-time work if they show their value to an employer," said Jason Lietz of Workforce Central Florida.

Lietz said more employers plan to hire 3 percent more seasonal workers this year, a small sign the economy is improving.

"It looks like the forecast is really good," said Lietz.

The organizer of the event said more than 1,800 people showed up for the job fair Tuesday.