Scott Henry was there bright and early Monday for a job interview with Ambassador Limousine and Sedan, which is hiring extra drivers for the week of the Republican National Convention.
The owner of a Tampa jewelry business, he said he heard about the job fair through a friend. He has a commercial driver's license and some experience as a chauffeur, so it seemed like a good opportunity to earn some extra money.
"Ambassador is a stellar outfit, and they've got a wonderful reputation," Henry said. "We'll see where it goes."
But Henry was one of only 16 applicants to show up for the interview session at the Hilton Carillon Park, prompting the limo service to set another job fair next week to find the extra hands.
The Clearwater-based limo service is hiring 150 drivers to help out from Aug. 22 to 31, transporting passengers for some of the company's corporate clients. They will make $25 an hour or more depending on their qualifications, said Gus Shahin, Ambassador's transportation coordinator.
"And there's no telling who might tip you a hundred bucks," Shahin said.
The drivers will fill eight- to 12-hour shifts, with the possibility of some overtime work. About 30 of the openings are for "greeters," Shahin said, who will be responsible for directing passengers on the larger motor coaches and minibuses.
"It's great money to make for that time period," he said.
Each applicant must take a drug test and undergo background checks through Ambassador and Hillsborough County, Shahin said. They must also have a Florida driver's license and a clean driving record. A commercial driver's license is required to operate vehicles that carry more than 15 passengers.
Shahin said the next job fair will be held at the Hilton Carillon Park on July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.