Monday, April 27, 2009

Waste o' my time

Today is the one-month 'anniversary' of my unemployment. So to 'celebrate' I went to a job fair downtown today. It's been advertised all over the radio, the newspaper and CareerBuilder for weeks, so I pre-registered, printed up my resume and made the 45 minute drive down there.

Job fairs are not what they used to be.

In case you have not had the privilege of attending one recently, here is a little guide to the new world of job fairs:

1. It is now acceptable to not shower before attending a job fair.
2. Good news! Bare midriffs are no longer taboo! Just make sure to wear your blingest belly button ring.
3. Double points if you show muffin top while sporting a midriff baring shirt and belly ring.
4. Baseball caps, spaghetti straps, and cargo shorts are all totally acceptable interview attire.
5. Can't find a babysitter? No problem! Bring the little one along. Nothing says 'dependable' like someone who can't find childcare for a 3-hour job fair.

I have never seen anything like it in my life. Over 2/3 of the companies advertised didn't even show up. There were a grand total of 7 'companies' represented - two of them were military recruiters, two were universities trolling for students, Pampered Chef advertising 'own your own business' crap, one staffing agency and one actual honest-to-goodness company.

I stood in line for 45 minutes to sign my name and check a box that said I pre-registered online. Um, hello? What was the point of registering then?

Then I stood in line another 45 minutes to talk to the one company actual company with a booth. All for this:

Recruiter: You have a good resume here. You would qualify for job #343. You can apply for it online.

Me: I've been watching your website for a few months. What is the title for job #343?

Recruiter: Contract specialist. Just watch for it online and then apply.

Me: I've done that half a dozen times in the last three months. Any suggestions for actually getting an interview?

Recruiter: Not really. Just apply online.




Running In Stilettos said...

There's no point to career fairs anymore. All the recruiters do is look at your resume and say, "apply online."

I am all about technology but it has ruined all personal attention that was once expected in the job hunting process.

I can't tell you how many times the online peeps have said, "we wish you luck but this isn't the position for you..." while I am getting emails from the actual HR company trying to arrange an interview with me. It's ridiculous!

Cole said...! At least you know how to dress next time. Heeheehee

Really, I'm sorry that the experience was such a disaster. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you don't make another month-aversary before you get a new job!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Oh man. When I was unemployed for about 6 months I went to a couple of job fairs. It was rough, there was triple the people and hardly anyone ACTUALLY hiring!

I know the government is doing a lot of hiring right now. Check out

Ally said...

Oh wow - that's a real bummer! :(

Leah said...

Oh my! How frustrating. I feel your pain and I hope you find something legitimate soon!

Jennifer said...

When I was looking for a job last year Husband would get upset with me because I wasn't going out to distribute my resume. {He didn't think I was trying} The only way to apply any where any more is on-line which really hurts that good first impression! But I guess if you only get that type of 'klass' at a job fair I can understand why businesses wouldn't bother going.

Good luck! Some amazing opportunity will turn up soon!

Brandi said...

Stopping by from SITS. Sorry to hear about your umemployment. I wish you luck.

AndreaLeigh said...

job fairs and job searching is so frustrating. i wish you all the luck in the world for your search.

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