EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Tiya Cheatham was first in line Monday morning for Chick-fil-A’s job fair at its new location in the Oak Tree Plaza.
About 30 people had gathered by the 9 a.m. start time, when the applicants were ushered into the building to fill out applications.
Cheatham, of Galloway Township, missed a previous job fair the company held at another township location, she said. When she arrived at 8 a.m., the parking lot was empty.
She said she was applying for a position in management, and that the fair was better than filling out an online application.
“It’s better because you get to meet and greet people,” she said.
Another job seeker, Kevin Iaconelli, 49, of Absecon, was also planning on applying for a management position.
“It’s a family-based business, and that’s why I’m here,” Iaconelli said, referencing the company’s Christian roots.
He has been in and out of work for the past 15 years, he said, working in real estate and retail.
“At an event like this, you’re going to see all types of people,” Iaconelli said. “People want to get back to work. They have to.”
One of the first applicants to leave the building was John Martin, of Egg Harbor Township.
Martin said he had four interviews, including one with the owner.
“I’ve very hopeful,” he said. “Chick-fil-A is one of the top companies I’m looking at.”