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Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia

43 months ago

What's your response?

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John in Odenton, Maryland

43 months ago

I would stay at home sitting in front of the a/c and eating bon bons......

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Almost Suicidal in San Antonio, Texas

43 months ago

I think I'll park myself on the sidelines with a tall cold slurpy and shake my head and feel bad for everyone who put on their suit and printed out their resumes and think they actually have a shot at the job.

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Almost Suicidal in San Antonio, Texas

43 months ago

Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia said: What's your response?[/QUOTE

HA HA HA HA HA!

WHY? To create the illusion that employers are hiring and the economy is improving?

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia said: What's your response?

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. (hitting the snooze button)

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Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia

43 months ago

It's funny though when you tell the person who informs you of the job fair, that all the companies are going to do is tell you to go apply online, they have this sour look of disdain on their face. My gas is limited. I like to narrow down my travels to places where I feel I at least have a 70% shot at.

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia said: It's funny though when you tell the person who informs you of the job fair, that all the companies are going to do is tell you to go apply online, they have this sour look of disdain on their face.

Exactly. Complete waste of time.

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John in Odenton, Maryland

43 months ago

The job fairs around here, company names are typically published online a few days before the job fair. That allows me to go directly to the company website without getting dressed up, driving to the fair (which advertises hiring managers on site) only to be told to apply on line......

Also, the majority of companies are insurance and lawn maintenance anyway. There Might be one (two at the outside) companies which I would actually have interest in applying to and working for.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

It is hard to comprehend what do they have the job fairs for if all you are going to get is advise to go online and apply for a job? Why hold "Job Fair" to tell people to go online and apply for a job? One can do pretty much the same sitting home and browsing the jobs and companies online. If you needed to get a phone number to call someone would you go to a 'fair' where they tell you that in order to make a phone call you must pick a phone and dial numbers, but don;'t give you the numbers you need?
I mean how funnier it can get?
They should call these "Troll Fairs", would be more fit to what it actually is.

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job hunter in New York, New York

43 months ago

Job fairs are a waste of time. They either send you back home or collect your resume. Then you don't hear from them again.

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Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia

43 months ago

They've stopped taking resumes now. And Yes it's a trollfest for companies and the people or politicians sponsoring the "event".

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

job hunter in New York, New York said: Job fairs are a waste of time. They either send you back home or collect your resume. Then you don't hear from them again.

I think they do it in order to wright off expenses (Jim: "Let's hold this "Fair" next month so we can take day off, troll the chipmunks out of the poor bast**d job applicants and get paid for it too" , John: "That's brilliant idea, Jim! We should hold these job fairs more often!" Jim: "Hehehe!!", John: "Hehehe!", both rubbing hands together in a glee. End of story).

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said: I think they do it in order to wright off expenses (Jim: "Let's hold this "Fair" next month so we can take day off, troll the chipmunks out of the poor bast**d job applicants and get paid for it too" , John: "That's brilliant idea, Jim! We should hold these job fairs more often!" Jim: "Hehehe!!", John: "Hehehe!", both rubbing hands together in a glee. End of story).

How many people do you personally know who have been hired this way?

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

job hunter in New York, New York said: Job fairs are a waste of time. They either send you back home or collect your resume. Then you don't hear from them again.

Job fairs are a waste of time unless you need pens.

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Missy in San Antonio, Texas

43 months ago

Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia said: What's your response?

If this is coming from a concerned "friend" I will simply say "thank you" and change the subject.

Job fairs are a waste of my time and gas money. Been to too many in the past and I never got a interview or job from any of them.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: How many people do you personally know who have been hired this way?

You mean via Job Fairs?
I actually wanted to attend some and decided to ask around. I was told by people who actually attended it that all they got was a suggestion to go apply online (as if they didn't know they could do so) and their resumes were collected and thrown into some black hole resume-collecting bin.
All people I know who got jobs did so either via personal referrals or through indeed (latter went through hundreds upon hundreds of resume submissions, and two dozen of interviews before landing a job).

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Grant013 in Astoria, New York

43 months ago

I don't know anybody in 16 years who ever got a job that way. These companies are just trolling. Most of the jobs they offer are minimum wage or commission only.All you got to do is look at the list of the companies there. That tells you enough. And seriously, in 90 degrees weather, wasting money on gas/subway money and wasting time is just not productive. BOTTOM LINE; IT'S NOT PRODUCTIVE OR RESULT ORIENTED FOR THE JOB SEEKER TO DO THAT.

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Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said: It is hard to comprehend what do they have the job fairs for

Most are sponsored by your state "Dept of Labor" or some county "Workforce Division". They been doing it this way for decades and since they don't have to get concrete results or turn a profit (like the private sector) it continues and will continue.

There's ways Fairs could be greatly improved but that would take work on the part of the personnel of the above mentioned agencies. I've thought of great ways myself. But again, when you get paid the SAME whether you produce a crappy fair or a great fair why put the extra effort in?

Yabba Dabba Doo!

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said: You mean via Job Fairs?
I actually wanted to attend some and decided to ask around. I was told by people who actually attended it that all they got was a suggestion to go apply online (as if they didn't know they could do so) and their resumes were collected and thrown into some black hole resume-collecting bin.
All people I know who got jobs did so either via personal referrals or through indeed (latter went through hundreds upon hundreds of resume submissions, and two dozen of interviews before landing a job).

Oh, if you have never gone, you simply must. At least attend one.

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Grant013 in Astoria, New York said: I don't know anybody in 16 years who ever got a job that way. These companies are just trolling. Most of the jobs they offer are minimum wage or commission only.All you got to do is look at the list of the companies there. That tells you enough. And seriously, in 90 degrees weather, wasting money on gas/subway money and wasting time is just not productive. BOTTOM LINE; IT'S NOT PRODUCTIVE OR RESULT ORIENTED FOR THE JOB SEEKER TO DO THAT.

You still job fairs getting a 2 minute spot on the news every now and then but in reality, this is as out-of-date as my wardrobe.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: Oh, if you have never gone, you simply must. At least attend one.

What for? Waste gas and fry in heat? And go home frustrated at being silly enough to attend it?

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Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York

43 months ago

One thing I'd required is a dress code. Common sense right.

If I own a company why would I want to show up where alot of job seekers come wearing their pajamas and/or hat on backwards???

Oh baby, touch me right there.

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said: What for? Waste gas and fry in heat? And go home frustrated at being silly enough to attend it?

We need pens. LOL!

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York said: One thing I'd required is a dress code. Common sense right.

If I own a company why would I want to show up where alot of job seekers come wearing their pajamas and/or hat on backwards???

Oh baby, touch me right there.

Is it that bad in NY? Here dress code is more or less "business-casual" or "business".
It might be a $100 suit that hangs like a towel on the broom but it's still a suit, people who look for jobs here are not that much into pajamas or socks worn instead of hats.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: We need pens. LOL!

That's too damn expensive trip for a pen :D

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said: That's too damn expensive trip for a pen :D

The truth is that the Internet has pretty much made Job Fairs obsolete. Most companies are there to promote their brand names and get community service write-ups in the local Chamber of Commerce rags and to keep the Dept. of Labor happy.

Hiring someone is the farthest thing on their minds.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: The truth is that the Internet has pretty much made Job Fairs obsolete. Most companies are there to promote their brand names and get community service write-ups in the local Chamber of Commerce rags and to keep the Dept. of Labor happy.

Hiring someone is the farthest thing on their minds.

That tells you that entire process is dysfunctional: from job fairs all the way to resume sucking software, hiring , promoting practices and work ethics, you name it.

Unless these issues are addressed and way things are done changed there will not be much improvement in a job market. And there won;t be any changes until things get so bad that status quo is no longer in anyone's interest.

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Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York

43 months ago

Another thing these numb numbs at the local Dept of Labor office should do is CALL up companies residing in their county and ASK/PERSUADE/DEMAND/SELL them on the idea that there are great local candidates coming to the Fair. Sell these companies on the fact that hiring local (just like buying local) is very important to the community and is a win win for all.

Have a special section at the Fair for these companies that have professional jobs with good wages and only job seekers that meet certain criteria and experience are allowed in that section.

The Dept of Labor is a sad sad joke!

The Dept of Labor is a sad sad joke!

The Dept of Labor is a sad sad joke!

The Dept of Labor is a sad sad joke!

The Dept of Labor is a sad sad joke!

The Dept of Labor is a sad sad joke!

I am so horny right now!

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Dept of labor may be a joke but what makes you think that Corporate Socialist Trolls are any better?

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Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said: Dept of labor may be a joke but what makes you think that Corporate Socialist Trolls are any better?

Give me a break.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

What for?

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Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois

43 months ago

I recently went to JobMarketPlace, our county's largest job fair, hosted by the local community college. There's just over 50 employers at the job fair. It's usually held every May, at the end of the month. Of course, the job fair is free to job seekers.

I've never really gone to a job fair so I decided to go to that one. I thought it'd be super crowded and chaotic. However, while there were a decent amount of people, it wasn't as bad as I initially thought it'd be and had heard and read from other job seekers.

IMHO, the job fair was a complete joke and waste of my time. As some have already said, they simply take your résumé and tell you about applying online. In fact, one employer brought printed instructions on HOW to apply online. And one of the employers I was most eager to approach, CTCA (Cancer Treatment Centers of America) wasn't even there. Why pay $200 for a spot and then not even show?

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Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois

43 months ago

One thing that completely baffled me was the fact you had Federal entities, like the VA, at the job fair. Federal employment is completely different from non-federal employment. It's even different from other government employment. So, I wasn't quite sure what a federal entity was doing there. All they tell you do is to go to USAjobs, apply, and be persistent. The one HR rep told me it took her over a year to get in. She then asked me if I had a USAjobs account. I told her I had one for the past 10 or so years and was constantly applying only to be find out I wasn't being forwarded on after being eligible most of the time. (Obviously, they don't mention preferred applicants, i.e. veterans and spouses, and points, how preferred applicants bump people like me, and how preferred candidates get the job even if they may not even qualify for it but get it simply because they're a preferred candidate.) I then asked her what was up with all the jobs coming open and then being cancelled as of late. (Of course, she really didn't say anything regarding that. Either she truly didn't know or knew but wasn't going to say anything about it to me.) Personally, all the federal entities tell you is stuff you already know. Even if you don't know anything about federal employment and how it works hearing that you just have to be persistent, sometimes for years, doesn't do a person any good. So why federal entities even attend job fairs is beyond me. It's a complete waste of my tax dollars.

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

You should be more creative and add some fun to it.
Since employers are evidently enjoying this troll fest called job fairs, why not pay back with the same token?

There are lots of thins that can be done in good fun. For instance, get a little piece of paper and glue it to the tip of your nose. But pretend as if you had no idea it was there.
Then approach these employers and talk to them as seriously as anyone looking for a job would, as if you had no clue about that piece of paper (or some other odd thing) attached to the tip of your nose or elsewhere. Watch their reaction.
You will look to them just as incredulous as they are, with all that trolling they pull on us and call a 'job fair;.
I suggest we do the same when we land an interview.
Send a dozen of resumes that exactly match their software formulated "industry requirements". Getting hired is not the point, so no worries there, just attend the interview and pull all sort of tricks and jokes on their HR , while keeping a straight face,
At least you will have a day of entertainment at their cost and some wasting of their time (really nothing compared to time we wasted looking for jobs).

Good luck

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois said: One thing that completely baffled me was the fact you had Federal entities, like the VA, at the job fair. Federal employment is completely different from non-federal employment. It's even different from other government employment. So, I wasn't quite sure what a federal entity was doing there. All they tell you do is to go to USAjobs, apply, and be persistent. The one HR rep told me it took her over a year to get in. She then asked me if I had a USAjobs account. I told her I had one for the past 10 or so years and was constantly applying only to be find out I wasn't being forwarded on after being eligible most of the time. (Obviously, they don't mention preferred applicants, i.e. veterans and spouses, and points, how preferred applicants bump people like me, and how preferred candidates get the job even if they may not even qualify for it but get it simply because they're a preferred candidate.) I then asked her what was up with all the jobs coming open and then being cancelled as of late. (Of course, she really didn't say anything regarding that. Either she truly didn't know or knew but wasn't going to say anything about it to me.) Personally, all the federal entities tell you is stuff you already know. Even if you don't know anything about federal employment and how it works hearing that you just have to be persistent, sometimes for years, doesn't do a person any good. So why federal entities even attend job fairs is beyond me. It's a complete waste of my tax dollars.

Its just all public relations/community service horsesh*t. USAJOBS.gov has over 70 million applications on file! That is enough to keep the gub'mint employed for the next 50 years.

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Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: Its just all public relations/community service horsesh*t. USAJOBS.gov has over 70 million applications on file! That is enough to keep the gub'mint employed for the next 50 years.

It took me 10 years to get into the Navy's drug screening labs. I heard nothing but good things about the Great Lakes lab. People liked working there and jobs there were hard to come by because when people got in, they stayed. Once I finally managed to get in, I found out that 3 years prior things went to hell in a handbasket pretty quick thanks to crummy leadership and people who were promoted and shouldn't have been promoted from Specimen Technicians to leads. The administration there let a lot fall on deaf ears and didn't even try [very had] to make things better at the lab. A lot of the people who had been there awhile were, quite literally, beating down the door to get out even if it meant leaving federal employment altogether. So believe me, working for the feds isn't all what it's cracked up to be. There are times it really sucks depending on what entity you work for and what job you're doing.

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois said: It took me 10 years to get into the Navy's drug screening labs. I heard nothing but good things about the Great Lakes lab. People liked working there and jobs there were hard to come by because when people got in, they stayed. Once I finally managed to get in, I found out that 3 years prior things went to hell in a handbasket pretty quick thanks to crummy leadership and people who were promoted and shouldn't have been promoted from Specimen Technicians to leads. The administration there let a lot fall on deaf ears and didn't even try [very had] to make things better at the lab. A lot of the people who had been there awhile were, quite literally, beating down the door to get out even if it meant leaving federal employment altogether. So believe me, working for the feds isn't all what it's cracked up to be. There are times it really sucks depending on what entity you work for and what job you're doing.

There has been a huge demand for the safety and security of "gub'mint" jobs and the competition is intense.

The best time to have applied was before The Great Recession started back in 2008. Now you need to have a father who is a Congressman to get you a Fed job.

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Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania

43 months ago

Funny, I had to report in with the Career Center to continue my U.C. benefits last week and the man giving the PowerPoint presentation even rolled his eyes when he got to the part about using "Job Fairs" as part of your search. It was rather comical.

I truly don't know one human being that ever got even a lead from a Job Fair. They are crowded and filled with booths set up by employers looking for sales and or warehouse people. No kidding. And even if this is what you are looking for, they will hand you some sort of company pamphlet and tell you to apply online.

Colossal waste of time!

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: There has been a huge demand for the safety and security of "gub'mint" jobs and the competition is intense.

The best time to have applied was before The Great Recession started back in 2008. Now you need to have a father who is a Congressman to get you a Fed job.

Why would Congressman who has lobbyists of big Corporate-Socialists lined up by his door send his child to work for Fed job?

Fed jobs don't pay as much as Corporate-Socialist jobs do.
In fact a Fed job , I think, would be somewhat more realistic for average Joe to land on due to lesser levels of Trolling encouraged at upper echelons of management.
Of course competition is fierce Fed or no Fed job, so this is not to suggest it is easy to get a job at Federal gub-mint.

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania said: Funny, I had to report in with the Career Center to continue my U.C. benefits last week and the man giving the PowerPoint presentation even rolled his eyes when he got to the part about using "Job Fairs" as part of your search. It was rather comical.

I truly don't know one human being that ever got even a lead from a Job Fair. They are crowded and filled with booths set up by employers looking for sales and or warehouse people. No kidding. And even if this is what you are looking for, they will hand you some sort of company pamphlet and tell you to apply online.

Colossal waste of time!

I roll my eyes anytime someone wants to present a Power Point presentation on anything. Sure cure for my insomnia.

I think PowerPoint is the grown up version of finger painting.

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland said:
Fed jobs don't pay as much as Corporate-Socialist jobs do.
In fact a Fed job , I think, would be somewhat more realistic for average Joe to land on due to lesser levels of Trolling encouraged at upper echelons of management.

No, they don't. Neither are they dependant on last quarter's earnings and the vagaries of a stock price.

Eh, what did the Bureau of Indian Affairs stock close at yesterday? Heh!

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

You people spend too much time on internet.
Get back to your routine and start looking for some jobs.

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Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: I roll my eyes anytime someone wants to present a Power Point presentation on anything. Sure cure for my insomnia.

I think PowerPoint is the grown up version of finger painting.

This guy was so bored with his own presentation and apologized before even giving it. I liked him because he literally said to us, "I am not going to keep you long at all. I know you have better things to do than sit through a presentation on how to get a job." What was supposed to be a two hour meeting was only 15 minutes.

The man got it and so did all the other people at the Career Center! There was no mistaking the numbers of people in this room, all but 2 were middle aged and older (yes, I couldn't resist looking around at all the faces there and taking a mental note).

I was so relieved that no one insisted I attend a dumb Job Fair.

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Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois

43 months ago

Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania said: And even if this is what you are looking for, they will hand you some sort of company pamphlet and tell you to apply online.

Makes you wonder why we even still have them.

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Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois

43 months ago

Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania said: They are crowded and filled with booths set up by employers looking for sales and or warehouse people.

Actually, the job fair I recently went to had a variety of employers looking for a variety of jobs.

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Jeff in Hyattsville, Maryland

43 months ago

Jobseeker84 in Atlanta, Georgia said: What's your response?

Are they serving coffee and donuts?

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jobseeker in Bethesda, Maryland

43 months ago

Elizabeth in North Chicago, Illinois said: Actually, the job fair I recently went to had a variety of employers looking for a variety of jobs.

Employers were looking for jobs?

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania said: This guy was so bored with his own presentation and apologized before even giving it. I liked him because he literally said to us, "I am not going to keep you long at all. I know you have better things to do than sit through a presentation on how to get a job." What was supposed to be a two hour meeting was only 15 minutes.

The man got it and so did all the other people at the Career Center! There was no mistaking the numbers of people in this room, all but 2 were middle aged and older (yes, I couldn't resist looking around at all the faces there and taking a mental note).

I was so relieved that no one insisted I attend a dumb Job Fair.

Oh, I know. I have been to those things. Horrible.

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Almost Suicidal in San Antonio, Texas

43 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: Oh, I know. I have been to those things. Horrible.

Last one I went to was probably 5 years ago. Indeed was there, and we know they hire, BUT NOT FROM JOB FAIRS! They were just promoting their service, which is fine.

Just saying, YEAH!

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Bluetea in Texas

43 months ago

Almost Suicidal in San Antonio, Texas said: Last one I went to was probably 5 years ago. Indeed was there, and we know they hire, BUT NOT FROM JOB FAIRS! They were just promoting their service, which is fine.

Just saying, YEAH!

Army recruiters seem to always be in attendance as well. If they would raise the age limit to 75, I would enlist.

Hit the target? Hell, I can't even see it.

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