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Old 09-23-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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There was a career fair in the City this morning. The heading was FINANCE, MARKETING, ADVERTISING, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

Being the unemployed loser that I am, I decided to actually head into Manhattan to see what this was all about. What a mistake.

This fair was on 32nd and Broadway, and the line? Stretched around a whole city block....33rd and 5th. I waited for almost three hours to see what and who was inside so I waited, and waited, and waited.

I struck up a conversation with the guy behind me. JP Morgan Chase. Executive VP of financial programming...out of work 7 months. He was making 205K and has reduced himself to taking a job paying 70K at this point.

As we were being herded into this little room (no lie, it was 50 x 50 at the biggest) all we saw were jobs for outside sales reps, a receptionist position for the New York Sports Club, and some other crap peddling life insurance.

Now I know why the employers are never mentioned in the advertisements. Nobody would go if they found out that this is what was attending a job fair.

If you're looking for a job, by all means, save yourself the hassle and do not attend a job fair.

What a waste of scuffing up my Allen Edmonds and wrinkling a good suit.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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what do you do?
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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what do you do?
I was in Marketing as a biz development analyst, but want to get back into brand strategy and product management.

I can see how being a receptionist as a sports club would further my career.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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Job fairs are the WORST. My neighbor who FINALLY got a position after 10 months out of work has given me the same story. My husband went to a few that were a complete waste of time too.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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Job fairs are the WORST. My neighbor who FINALLY got a position after 10 months out of work has given me the same story. My husband went to a few that were a complete waste of time too.
Did the husband almost snap out? hahaha I swear, the labor was for coked up monkeys.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Job fairs are the biggest exercise in mental masturbation ever conceived...........
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:13 PM
 
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The scary thing about this post is that there was a line that was so long to get in. Bad bad stuff.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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the I-banks do not do job fairs

they just automatically take recent grads from the top schools, or the managers' fraternities

Or if you are a hawt toots

I went to job fairs when I graduated

Some of jobs are pretty interesting, it is not always sales

Call the organizers and ask them about the employers, they sometimes have websites with lists
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:29 PM
 
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Being the unemployed loser that I am, I decided to actually head into Manhattan to see what this was all about. What a mistake.
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HobokenGuy - You are NOT an unemployed loser!

The only "error" if you want to call it that is that you didn't ask here in C-D land about Job Fairs.

I've gone to two here in NJ in past years - although not nearly a wait and huge a line to get in still the job openings stink as you've just experienced seeing in the city.

We all make mistakes and don't beat yourself up over this, you'll be fine even if you must relocate to do it.

Too many people seeking the few job openings and all that comes with it unfortunately.

Last edited by njguy; 09-23-2008 at 07:39 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:33 PM
 
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I never found a a multiple company job fair to my advantage. No matter what they said, they wanted aggressive sales help... not my style.


I did however go to one for Disney in college and land a job. Likewise, my old school has had them for specific positions and I think they went well.
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