It wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. It actually taught me a lot just to be here. It was a confidence builder.
— Participant of the inaugural Atlanta job fair
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At Atlanta's inaugural OY job and resource fair

more than 40 companies including Starbucks, Five Guys, FedEx, Delta, and Nordstrom conducted more than 1,700 onsite interviews and offered more than 600 on-the-spot job offers to local young people. In addition to jobs, Opportunity Youth had access to dozens of employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement; the chance to build an online  candidate profile; and more.

Job & Resource Fair October 16, 2018

WHAT: Opportunity ATL Job and Resource Fair providing job interviews and on-the-spot job offers. Take part in mock interviews and get help with resume building, application computers, professional attire, training resources, and more.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM -- 9:00 AM Pre-fair Workshop for Jobseekers, 11:00 AM Fair opens.
WHERE: Goodwill Career Center, 2201 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur, Georgia 30033. (Ongoing free shuttle service will be provided from the Decatur Marta station to the Fair from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Free parking available at fair location.)
WHO: Atlantans ages 16-24 not working nor in school.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of 50+ top U.S. companies connecting the more than 4.6 million young Americans not working and not in school with meaningful jobs and career paths.

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Aijai found out the hard way that more money isn’t always a better opportunity.

She left Chipotle in 2017 on very good terms for a job that paid more money. “But it was poorly organized and poorly managed,” she said. “And it was boring!”

After being unemployed for three months, Aijai went to the job fair hoping for something new. And now she’s back at the job she actually liked at Chipotle. “I know now that it’s such a good company. I feel like it was meant to be.”

It was also meant to be that she attended the Opportunity ATL fair in May, because she said she made several contacts and got great tips with interviewing. Though she ironically landed at the company she had previously left, Aijai says attending the job fair was so worthwhile. Not only would she never have thought to go back to Chipotle were it not for the company being at the fair, but the whole experience today really opened my eyes to all that’s out there for me.