More than 5,000 people attended a job fair on Wednesday for the opportunity to apply for one of the hundreds of available jobs at the Nissan plant in Smyrna.
The job fair was held at the Embassy Suites located in Murfreesboro from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Officials told Nashville's News 2 that some job seekers got in line as early as 4 a.m. for the opportunity to apply for one of the 1,600 jobs avaliable.
"I'm not surprise," job seeker Dorothy Hickman said, adding, "I knew it was going to be a lot of people, but I wasn't expecting for it to be this many people."
According to job fair officials, by 10 a.m. more than 3,000 people had arrived to the hotel for the opportunity to apply for one of the jobs at the Smyrna plant.
"It really is an indicator of the desperation out there. People are really looking for work and they are willing to do anything to get that," RJ Sherr of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce said.
All of the applicants in attendance turned in their resume, completed an interview and underwent a background check.
Officials said all employment opportunities are contingent on background checks and drug tests.
Beginning in 2012, workers at the Smyrna plant will begin making the Nissan LEAF.