MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of job seekers from across the Coast trekked to Moss Point on Saturday looking for a new career. One of the world's leading manufacturers and markets held a career expo to add more people to its growing team.
Emily Pugh was one of many people from across South Mississippi who spent Saturday looking for work.
"I graduated from the University of Mississippi, and I am currently looking for a job in the chemical engineering field," Pugh said.
The recent graduate came equipped with her resume, hoping to land a job with Georgia Pacific. She said it has been extremely challenging finding work.
"Everything is online. As a new graduate, you are just floating in a sea of applications," Pugh said.
Pugh said Georgia Pacific threw her a lifeline on Saturday by interviewing her on spot. The company is a leading producer of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals.
"You got to talk to people, and there was a genuine interest," said Pugh about the interview.
Human Resource Manager Anita Wiggins said the expo is all about connecting with the community. With 11 locations in the state, more qualified people are always needed to join the team.
"Our industry is growing, and we have recently been involved in some different acquisitions. As the company grows, we have these vacancies," said Wiggins.
Vacancies Wiggins said many Coast job seekers have been jumping at the chance to fill.
"We were very excited. There were people waiting in the parking lot this morning. We have had some very qualified engineers come in today. We had some very qualified maintenance and mechanical workers, as well as some good entry level candidates," Wiggins said.
Victor Martin said he is one of the candidates ready and willing to work.
The Moss Point resident is now crossing his fingers, hoping the company will pick him, because he needs a good paying job.
"I want to come out of retirement. I still have a lot of energy and knowledge and I think I can help the company," said Martin.
Georgia Pacific employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. After the expo, company officials donated paper products they produce to the Moss Point Boys and Girls Clubs.