Recent graduates speak with recruiters during job fair at Augusta State University

There’s more to the FBI than the gun-toting, bad-guy busting, special agent work depicted on television.

“We need accountants, teachers, PE instructors, lawyers, doctors. A lot of people think you have to be former law enforcement. We need a diverse group. How else could we investigate a huge mortgage fraud case?” Special Agent Rebecca Har­rison told Brandon Dun­can at a job fair at Augusta State University on Saturday.

Duncan, a recent Paine Col­lege graduate with a degree in accounting, said he had always been interested in a career with the FBI.

The FBI was one of more than 30 employers represented at the job fair.

“I want to help folks get jobs,” said U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the host of the job fair.

Jobs are out there even in the tough economy, he said, but often it’s hard for employers and potential employees to connect. Barrow said it was important to him that the employers at the fair actually had openings.

The event had a wide spectrum of employers from fields including retail, medical, government and law enforcement. There were several staffing agencies represented as well.

Teresa Seebode, the director of staffing services with Workforce Capital, said she was looking for people to fill positions in janitorial, secretarial and industrial jobs.

“We are getting people to apply online, and then we will contact them for an interview,” she said.

Jelisa Perry and Chiquita West attended the job fair together. West recently finished her education in phlebotomy.

“It’s been two months since we graduated. We are looking into University Hos­pi­tal,” said West, who spoke with the representative from the Richmond Coun­ty Sher­iff’s Office. “I got some good insight with the sheriff’s department. I am just trying to see which one best fits me.”

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