Hotel Whitcomb hosts huge job fair

February 10, 2009 7:32:12 PM PST
California's unemployment rate is now more than 9 percent, and economists expect that number to grow. However, there are jobs out there, and Tuesday in San Francisco a huge crowd of job seekers showed up to meet recruiters.

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Eighteen Bay Area employers with 1,700 job openings came to San Francisco's Hotel Whitcomb, and the job seekers lined up to meet them.

"I do a lot of event coordinating and fundraising, marketing, sales, sling food, dress like a gorilla, whatever it takes... need a job? Auctioning, mental health. etc. etc.," said job seeker Kelli DeSeelhorst.

The government and law enforcement had a strong presence there, as well as at a national job fair at San Francisco's Holiday Inn. Despite the state's budget problems, the CHP is still hiring, with an age limit of 35.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics has hundreds of openings, from management to maintenance.

"It's very interesting here today, good cross-variety of people. I just told them to start out online... it will go to the recruiters next and then we'll go from there," said Talia Pico with Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where they have hundreds of openings from management to maintenance.

At the Hotel Whitcomb, the longest line was for resume critique. Desiree Gotuaco was laid-off from her administrative job in commercial lending six months ago.

"Today, actually going to see if maybe having my resume critiqued might give me a few tips taht might trigger something," said Gotuaco.

DeSeelhorst waited in the resume line. She has been unemployed for a month.

"Stay positive, try not to panic, rollin' pennies," said DeSeelhorst.

The job fair started at 11 a.m., and nearly two hours later the line still stretched out the back door and around the block.

If the economists are right, the lines in the future may only get longer.

For a list of upcoming job fairs, click here.

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