By CityTownInfo Staff
April 15, 2009
The Union Leader reports on a Claremont, Vermont job fair. Held at River Valley Community College, many attendees arrived before doors open for fear of being turned away. "Right at 9 a.m., we had people lined up about halfway down the hall," said Jim Henson, who works for the New Hampshire Department of Education finding job placements for people with disabilities. "I think this crew wasn't going to be turned away, so they came early." Some job seekers had specific targets in mind, like Lisa LeCuyler who was looking for work in the automotive field. Other's were not as selective, like Floyd Bristol and Clifford Sweet, both homeless. "I'm not being picky; I need a job," said Bristol, 22. "I just got out of jail and I have a daughter to raise."
In Manchester, New Hampshire over 10,000 people turned out for a job fair on April 9, according to The Boston Herald. Organizers expected five thousand, but double that number of attendees jammed traffic for miles and forced admissions to be cut off after just the first two hours. Commenting on the attendance related problems the Concord Monitor observed that "with similar events scheduled around the state, planners should consider some way to fairly limit the turnout.
The job fair drumbeat continues in Kentucky and Florida. The Kentucky Post reports on a tax day job fair at the Sharonville Convention Center where 2,000 are expected to attend, and encouraged to dress to impress. Organizers have announced that admittance "may be denied to anyone wearing inappropriate attire, such as shorts, jeans, or flip flops. The Sun Sentinel of South Florida reports on another tax day job fair in Miami, where Carnival Cruise Lines, the U.S. Military and Humana will be among thirty companies looking for employees. The Miami job fair part of Monster.com's "Keep America Working Tour", a series of more than 140 job fairs being held across the United States.
Job fairs can be career specific as well. ABC12 News reports on the Genesee County 12th annual Criminal Justice Career Fair. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel attended but as police officer hopeful Shawn Uncker said, "There's not a lot of hiring going on right now, but there's a lot of people talking to you and they let you know what's going on in the police force."