‘We want them to thrive’: More than 40 companies attend ‘The Great Hire Event’ in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 40 companies attended “The Great Hire Event” in Parramore on Friday.

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Companies including Walt Disney World, Orlando Health, Rosen Hotels & Resorts and Coca-Cola attended searched for candidates at the event.

Positions include customer service representatives, security guards, cooks, and CDL drivers, event managers and more.

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CareerSource Central Florida and Parramore Community Engagement Council teamed up to make the job fair possible just blocks away from Amway Center.

“I’m just looking for opportunities,” Carlon Miller said.

The unemployment rate in Central Florida is 2.9%. Though it is below the national average of 3.2%, there are still pockets of the population struggling to land and keep a job because of hardships caused by the pandemic.

“We wanted to try to eliminate as many barriers as we possibly could for individuals seeking employment today,” said Cliff Marvin, with CareerSource Central Florida.

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Not only could applicants land a job on the spot, they could also research childcare, transportation, and other helpful programs through the Heart of Florida United Way.

“Not only do we want them to be successful in the community. We want them to thrive,” said Reshon Moore with the Parramore Community Engagement Council.

Miller was optimistic he’ll land a job.

“I’ve been working in customer service for well over 10 years now so definitely have the experience,” he said.

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