Hundreds turn out for job fair at Kings Dominion

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

DOSWELL, VA (NBC12) - A job fair at Kings Dominion drew huge crowds Saturday morning.

The job fair started at 10:00, but people began lining up hours before that.

Organizers had to open extra rooms to handle the crowds.

By days end, 365 people came out.

Last year, the same event brought out only 62 people.

That's nearly a 500 percent increase.

The parking lot was packed Saturday morning at the amusement park but no one was there to ride the rides.

They were looking for work, the employment season at the park runs March through November, and human resource officials say they are seeing a different batch of applicants compared to years past.

"We are seeing a lot of people in their 30's and 40's, some of them with master's degrees that are applying," said Human Resources Director Jenn Andree.

The list of available positions is two pages long.

That's one of the things that's making this job fair so popular.

Chester resident Robert Williams was among the hundreds who turned out looking for employment.

He's hoping to land a transportation type position.

He used to be a truck driver but has been out of work since July.

"I've been working as a temporary day laborer, but that's just a couple of days a week," he said. "There's really not a whole lot of work out there."

Williams said working at an amusement park was never part of his plan but at this point, he'd gladly accept a job here.

"I would do anything right now," he said. "If I don't make but a dollar, it's a dollar more than I have."

Williams and Marilyn Grzegorczyk came here together.

Her situation is a bit different.

"I have a full time job," she said. "I'm here trying to get some weekend work. We struggle to pay the electric, the water and the cable. I can cover the necessities, but a little extra money would help so much right now because we've depleted savings and everything."

Like many people here, Marilyn and Robert are hoping their previous job experience will make them a valuable park hire.

"I think they'll hire a lot of these people," said Andree. "Older people make good workers, they are more dependable."

Officials tell me they offered more than 100 people jobs right on the spot.

The other applicants are still being considered.

For more information about available jobs at Kings Dominion, you can visit their website.

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