DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - On a day when the only thing looking up is the possibility of a new job thousands vie for a chance to call the City of Detroit their new work home.
Friday begins the first of a two-day job fair hosted by the city of Detroit. It's taking place inside the Cobo Center.
The city is looking to fill about 350 vacant government positions, including bus drivers, police officers, and mechanics.
Sam Sampson lives in Wyandotte. He's been unemployed for close to a year and despite the long time without a job, he remains optimistic.
"I'm hoping I'm one of the 350. You never know," Sampson said. "You have to come out."
Sampson was one of the more than 1500 job seekers that pre-registered prior to Friday's job fair.
"I've always been optimistic about finding employment. It's just getting that opportunity," Sampson says. He tells Action News he believes the fact he's hard of hearing maybe one factor hindering his chances at finding employment. So today more than ever is a new chance to wow the hiring managers to get his foot in the door.
He has a degree in Human Resources management and while his goal is to get a job in H.R., he says he'll gladly take any.
The event started early Friday. It will continue through 4pm Friday then pick back up on Saturday starting at 10am. Job seekers are suggested to bring plenty of resumes.
Despite the long lines he wears a smile, his tie resting in the right place and his suit jacket button. He's ready to go.
Michael Hall is the Director of Human Resources for the City of Detroit. Looking at the long lines of applicants, he says he's not surprised about the turn out.
"It just shows the passion that people have for the job that we're going to be offering," Hall said. "These are real good paying jobs with great benefits."
"If you're competitve, if you're looking for a good job, if you want to come to work for the city of Detroit go online and apply come out and visit us and see what we're all about," Hall said.
First preference, in terms of applicants, will be given to Detroit residents and honorably discharged veterans.
For a complete list of all the available jobs, as well as more details about the job fair, CLICK HERE.