The Dothan Chamber of Commerce looked more like a department store on black Friday than anything else on Tuesday.
“I waited probably a good 45 minutes before I got in there, I got in about 10 to 12 P.M. so I wasn't expecting that long of a wait but the line is pretty big but as more people showed up I was glad I wasn't at the end of the line,” explained Rick McGee of Dothan.
From 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. a line of potential commercial jet employees circled around the Dothan Chamber of Commerce. All of the people in line had the same goal; to start a career with Commercial Jet.
More than 300 potential Commercial Jet employees from all walks of life waited in line for hours as the company collected resumes and interviewed candidates, but not all attendees heard what they wanted to hear.
“I got here, went to school at the Alabama aviation center with hopes of a job. I finished last December it's been a year looking for a job the whole time,” explained Dustin Jackson of Dothan. “I came here with the hopes of getting a job and they are looking for experience so if you have no experience… you are pretty much out of luck.”
Other people had another experience.
"I seem to be overqualified to what they are looking for so they told me that they were going to hold onto my resume and maybe call me in the spring," said McGee.
While the large turnout was surprising to commercial jet, having a candidate pool is a good thing.
“It is a growing industry our business is growing exponentially, we have an operation down in Miami and we have our operation here in Dothan and we are experiencing a fairly big amount of growth that we are going to be looking for technical people,” said John Schildroth, Vice President/General Manager of Dothan Commercial Jet.
The large line of candidates shows that there is an equal demand for aviation jobs in Dothan.
Resume and job applications can still be submitted to Commercial Jet by going to aidt.edu.