Hundreds attend job fair at Hotel Whitcomb in SF

January 27, 2010 7:06:41 PM PST
Hundreds of jobs were offered at a job fair in San Francisco Wednesday. The fair, held at the Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street, came at a critical time for California which has a 12.4 percent unemployment rate.

Some of the jobs available were in the fields of engineering, sales and government. Most of the jobseekers were educated and had been looking for a long time. They sent out resumes but had few, if any responses.

"I've submitted a lot of resumes, as much as 160 resumes a month," job seeker Ken Langill said.

But Langill hasn't received any job offers. He's been looking for over a year and he hopes his luck will change soon.

He was one of several hundred job seekers who stood in a line that stretched all the way out the hotel even before the doors to the fair were open. Each was vying for one of some 500 jobs offered here.

A Utah firm which hires civilian employees for the Air Force had 300 openings, all of them in Utah.

"There are tons of jobs opening with the government. We have a lot of people retiring so we're looking to build up those vacancies and have people come in," Christi Field from Ogden Air Logistics said.

The longest line was the one to have your resume critiqued.

Shannon Benner showed ABC7 hers. It's been some time since she's needed one.

"I was a stay at home mom for several years and sort of picked the wrong time to get back into the workforce," she said.

Monica Froehlick was in sales and marketing before she lost her job. She tries to separate herself from others in these job interviews.

"I want to be sure that the employer knows I'm there to help them and increase their business opportunities," she said.

It apparently worked. Froehlick was asked by a recruiter to come back for another interview.

For many like Marian Bolton who's been looking for a year, their journey has been difficult. But she puts it in perspective.

"You have to keep going. What else can you do? You have to keep going, there is hope," she said.

Bolton echoed the sentiments of almost everyone at the fair -- that despite their difficult journey, they felt positive and optimistic they'll get a job in 2010.

Jobseekers unable to make it to the hotel can apply for jobs at