Hundreds of people lined up in St. John's Tuesday hoping for a shot at one of the thousands of jobs available at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Clyde Penney was at the job fair. He was a chef with Great Western Forestry until the company lost its Nalcor contract.

"I'm out of a job really. Most of us, we were really, really late getting this job. They hired me back in April and didn't start until September. Also a lot of other people in Newfoundland and Labrador, like myself didn't have enough hours to qualify for E.I.," he said.

Clyde Penney

Clyde Penney was one of hundreds who attended Tuesday's job fair. (CBC)

Tony Martin used to work in health care, but recently returned to school to become an electrician. 

"Obviously there's a lot of interest going around, a lot of people in a similar boat to myself, they're just curious and trying to be more informed. Everyone is looking for the next best option now, a lot of people are in the same boat, if you want to improve your lot in life why not do it?" he asked.

Nalcor expects to employ an average of 1,500 workers a year throughout the construction phase of the project.

The company plans to hold another job fair in Stephenville Thursday.