MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – More than 2,100 people arrived at the Tennessee Career Center competing for a job with Nissan.
"Jobs like this don't come often, and I want to be on top of it," applicant Houston Buckley explained.
By dawn, the unemployed and under-employed still had hours to go before taking another step closer to a new opportunity.
"I left around 3:00 a.m., and I got here about 3:30 a.m.," Buckley explained.
"My husband worked all night, and we came right after, so we've had no sleep," Danielle Farmer added. "We really want these jobs."
Clutching their resumes and motivated by the possibilities, each arrived hoping they have what it takes.
The automaker wants to fill 1,000 long-term, full-time positions at the Vehicle Assembly and Electric Vehicle Battery Plant. They include nights, afternoons, weekends, and rotating shifts in several different areas including assembly/production, material handling, industrial maintenance, tool and die maker, warehouse/production support and clerical. Salaries start at $13.25 an hour with full benefits.
"I feel okay," Meghan Hudson said after submitting her resume. "I thought I was going to be able to talk to somebody, but it's ok. My resume really says it all, so it's alright."
Nissan held a similar job fair in November where 4,000 people stood in line for hours, and they may still be in luck.
"Of course everyone who applied in the fall, not everyone was qualified for the positions," Department of Labor and Workforce Development area Manager RJ Sherr said. "But they are looking for those folks as well."
Now all applicants can do is wait.
"It's Nissan. It's a place that you hear people work for years and plan retirement," Buckley said. "You know, send their kids off to college."
They're hoping a call will be the difference between having a job and a long-lasting career.
"I'm previously a server, and I have a little girl," Hudson explained. "(I'm) just trying to get benefits and just a good job. That's what I want right now."
According to the Department of Labor, Nissan is experiencing turnover, mainly due to the physical demands of many of its jobs. So they're always looking for good employees.
The Tennessee Career Center provides free resume help and leads on other job opportunities.
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