Months after Automatic Data Processing Inc. announced it would bring 1,000 jobs to Augusta within five years, interest in the New Jersey-based company hasn't waned.
Augusta State University's Employer Expo on Friday drew a large mix of people, from young college students to the already employed looking for a new career path.
Julie Goley, the director of ASU's Career Center, estimating that about 400 to 450 people attended. She said she received many inquiries about ADP beforehand.
ADP, which provides human resources, payroll and benefits administration services to businesses and computing services to automotive dealers, plans to operate initially in an office under construction on Stevens Creek Road.
To house all 1,000 employees, the company said it would need 150,000 square feet of space, which would be more than double the size of the Stevens Creek Road facility.
The steady stream of prospects at ADP's table was encouraging, said Adam Gallien, the company's client service director for the southeast in the Dealer Services Division.
He said the company will need to fill a number of positions in Augusta, from accounting and computer services to payroll. Mr. Gallien said he also saw about 15 to 20 people who were fluent in French, something the company needs so it can provide service to those in Quebec.
Company officials have said they plan to initially hire up to 300 people but have not given a timetable for when that will begin.
Laurie Hall, a Grovetown resident who is about to complete her master's degree in education through an online program at American InterContinental University, said she was at the career fair to see what was available.
Ms. Hall, who was there with her 20-year-old son who was also job-hunting, said she had visited several booths but said ADP seemed like a strong prospect and something she would enjoy.
By closing time at 1 p.m., a couple hundred prospects had come through the booth, as evidenced by a thick stack of submitted rsums, said Karen Kearns, who is handling recruiting for ADP in Augusta.
Ms. Goley said it was the largest career fair since 2000. There were about 95 vendors - including the FBI, Doctors Hospital and Sprint - compared to 72 in 2006.
She said she saw it as a 'good sign' that companies are hiring more and the economy was improving.
Natalie Hudson, 25, said she is hoping to find a good job while she finishes her degree though Troy University.
At the fair with her sister, Joanna, 22, Ms. Hudson said ADP interested her, but mostly she wanted to see what was out there.
John Daniels, a junior biology major at ASU, said ADP could be a good opportunity, but mostly he was there to get his rsum out.
Company officials have said salaries likely will start in the mid-$20,000s and up.
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Adam Gallien, Automatic Data Processing's client service director for the southeast in the Dealer Services Division, said the company hopes to start interviewing for jobs in the next four weeks. Visit www.adp.com/corporate/careers/ for an application and the latest job listings.