From six-month-long unemployed Memphians to recent college graduates, more than 200 people eagerly braved the cold, hoping for a chance at one of 40 available positions during Terminix's job fair on Thursday.
"We are overwhelmed in a great way. We had a lot of participation from the community. When we came back from one meeting at about 3 p.m. we already had people in line, so we were thrilled," says Ashley McCain with Terminix.
With a few available jobs compared to the hundreds of applicants, as soon as word spread about the job fair, job seekers jumped at the opportunity.
Job seeker John Stewart says, "Well I heard from FOX 13 on this morning that they were having a job fair at Terminix so I came out. Hopefully I have more experience than these other people and I'll get the job."
An already competitive pool became more competitive as people were turned away after not bringing a resume and not wearing business attire.
"Unfortunately we do have some people that come unprepared because they got word of mouth at the last minute and they try and sneak in, but that definitely is a turnoff for us," says McCain, "But we do direct those applicants to another channel to try and get in the door."
Anyone that was unprepared and turned away were given instructions on how to apply for the jobs online.
The company was looking for 20 full-time inside sales representatives and 20 customer service representatives.