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Updated Sep 12, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Thousands turn out for Glendale job fair

Applicants at Glendale job fair. (Photo: Bob McClay/KTAR)

GLENDALE -- More than 3,000 people who are looking for work are expected at a job fair Wednesday afternoon in Glendale.

Stores at the Tanger Outlet that will open in November near the Westgate City Center are looking to fill some 900 retail jobs.

Some 90 minutes before the doors opened at noon Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the mall estimated that 1,000 people were in line waiting to enter the job fair.

Robert Gonzales is hoping to find a job that's a perfect fit for him. "I'm a very good social person," he said.

"I feel like I could sell ice to an Eskimo, and I think this would be a perfect fit for me."

Stephanie Hines just moved to Arizona after graduating from college in Iowa last May. Job hunting has been tough, she said.

"I couldn't tell you how many jobs I've applied for, but I've had very interviews or few call backs," said Hines. "It's hard when you can't get your foot in the door."

She is looking for a job where she can build a career.

Not everyone who is applying is looking for a fulltime job.

"They have part time jobs in here," said John Demeza. "I'm really good with people, so I figure I might as well come down here and apply."

Sara Clawson also is looking for part-time work. "I have a full-time job currently but the holidays are coming up, so I'm looking for a little extra income."

She is originally from Ohio, and is looking for extra money to fly home to spend the holidays with her family.

"A white Christmas is nicer than a palm tree Christmas," she said.

The job fair ends at 7 tonight.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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