Job fair in Emeryville featured 400 openings

Job fair offers economic barometer

August 31, 2010 8:12:25 PM PDT
If today's ABC7 California Job Journal job fair is an economic barometer, it shows many people are still looking for work. About 1,000 people turned out for the event, but it also shows companies are hiring once again.

The line extended out into the parking lot of the hotel with people hoping to talk to job recruiters from 13 Bay Area companies. Those companies had 400 jobs available.

Kathy Caricato from the California Job Journal said there were "a lot of management, scientific, technical, I.T." type jobs.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said they were not just looking for scientists.

"It takes world class support to do world class science. We've got about 200 positions open right now," said Bill Singh from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

This is about selling on both side of the table.

"I think the job fairs are better because it's eye contact and you get to actually talk to somebody rather than sitting behind a computer and spitting out your resume," said Mare Medernach from Briones.

Attending the job fair was something new for Ted Medina who was laid off from the home building industry a little more than a month ago. Now he's here, to sell.

"You can at least come and talk to somebody and try to sell yourself," said Medina.

The size of the crowd indicates everyone is looking for the same opportunity and the chance for a new beginning.

Ken Parker of Hayward has had 30 years in sales, but has been without a regular job for the last three years.

"Struggle. It's very much struggle. I'm recently married and it's just a struggle. My wife is gainfully employed thank you, but we're still struggling to make ends meet," said Parker.

This was a place to expand chances. Parker was looking beyond what he's done before. Everyone left resumes and next they hope for a callback from a company.

The next ABC7/ HIREvent from the California Job Journal will be:
Wednesday, September 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
Nelson Community Center
611 Village Dr.
Suisun City, CA
1-888-THE-JOBS


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