Huge turnout for Queen's West Oahu job fair

EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - Job seekers lined up for a chance to work at the new Queen's Medical Center in West Oahu. People patiently waited for their turn to apply for more than 300 positions. Organizers of the job fair estimate that 2,000 applicants showed up.

"We got down here really early, but the amount of people that they have is a ton, but everything is actually going really well," said applicant Lorene Glisson.

"The line was really long. Yes, really long. The wait is not that bad, though," said applicant Charisse Johnson.

The hospital is also seeking to fill positions at its Punchbowl location since roughly half of the West Oahu jobs are expected to be filled by current workers from the other campus. Queen's is looking for all kinds of employees.

"Everything from nurses, food service workers, housekeepers, technical positions, so everything it takes to run a hospital, we have openings, except for physicians. Physicians are not part of this job fair," explained Susan Murray, chief operating officer of Queen's Medical Center West Oahu.

"You go to the first check-in and if you have a resume then you go upstairs, check in upstairs, and then wait for your interview and maybe you might get a second interview, maybe you might not," said Johnson.

The West Oahu facility is slated to open in spring 2014. Those who live in the area are thrilled about the opportunity in their community.

"Living here now on the west side, just to serve this side of this island is actually something super exciting for me," said Glisson.

"My aim is took get up here and see what they're actually looking for in the hospital. I've got relatives that work here. It's a great place to work," said applicant Napoleon Arline.

The next job fair is scheduled for Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manoa Elementary.

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