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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Mall at Turtle Creek Job Fair Attracts Thousands

February 17, 2006 – Posted at 4:20 p.m. CST

JONESBORO , AR -- The Mall at Turtle Creek was a busy place Friday and not with just construction workers. During the first 45 minutes, more than 600 people were here applying for jobs during the Mall’s job fair.

“The number one thing we're looking for, running the mall, is customer service. We want to make sure that the people we put on our front line represent us,” said General Manager Jason Whitley.

More than 40 mall tenants were on hand searching for employees. The Mall at Turtle Creek partnered with express personnel services to find help to fill the 900 positions.

“The tenants that are set up are looking for management staff to retail sales, customer service. Any position that would be required for a retail store they are trying to fill those positions,” said Jeremy Thacker of Express Personnel Services.

The mall expects to see between two and three thousand applicants over the two day job fair, but it's a competitive field.

“It's just exciting to see all the people everyday and interacting and meeting new people in the area,” said Valorie McDuff of Jonesboro.

“I like to sell things and I like to interact with people,” said Zack Brown of Jonesboro.

“It's big and there are a lot of people out here and I’m a people person. And I love people,” said Dana Bell who was applying for jobs.

And a word of advice to those trying to get hired...

“Bring lots of resumes, dress to impress and just be cheerful. Make sure they know you've got customer service in your blood,” said Whitley.

The job fair continues Saturday, starting at 9:00 and going until 2:00 tomorrow afternoon.

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