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Career fair offers help, hope to unemployed

Posted October 2, 2012

— With unemployment in the Triangle still hovering around 8 percent four years after the economy collapsed, it isn't easy to find a job.

WRAL and the Capital Area Workforce Development Board want to help with a career fair this week in Raleigh.

The event happens Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Carolina State University McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., in Raleigh.

At last year’s career fair, hundreds of people lined up two hours before the doors opened. Many had similar stories of being let go, laid off and struggling to find work.

Organizer Jane Sterner said the picture seems to be a little brighter this year.

“We are seeing a slight increase in the number of jobs being posted,” she said. “There's going to be over 1,900 jobs at this particular event.”

Stener said there will also be a good variety of job openings at the expo - from computer programmers to cashiers.

If you're coming, bring resumes and dress professionally, she said. Participants can practice job-hunting skills at mock interviews, get advice about improving their resume and learn how to use social media to help land a job.

Sterner says those are important skills to learn in your job search. But the most important skill of all is learning to hang in there.

“There's always hope,” she said. “A positive attitude is the biggest thing.”


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  • knockitoff Oct 4, 2012

    yep go stand in line to see that they are the SAME jobs online that you get continuous REJECTION emails from because they are REALLY NOT hiring OR they don't KNOW what they want in a candidate and 10 recruiters are calling you for the SAME job! Been happening to me for over 9 months. 95% of these jobs have been posted and re-posted since last year just different titles and a little changing of the descriptions. I keep being rejected because I'm OVER qualified!

  • harleysfather60 Oct 4, 2012

    A complete waste of time. These are companys with high turn over, lousy work conditions who can not fill positions thru normal channels. Take your resume and maybe call you a year later when many others have been fired or quit.

  • Ex-Republican Oct 3, 2012

    "Career fair offers help, hope to unemployed"

    Four years ago Obama was supposed to bring "Hope". Now we just have career fairs so that 300 people can compete for one single job.

    This election I HOPE that people are smart enough not to vote for Obama. Write in your own name if you like!

  • WooHoo2You Oct 3, 2012

    thought we had the summer(s) of recovery...what happened?-saltnsanddefenderofdamiddleclass

    Bush’s stimuluse(S) prevented a recession so we did not need a recovery ;)

  • storchheim Oct 3, 2012

    Glad the y told us about the hundreds waiting in line. I won't be one of them. 1900 jobs, really? Are they really, truly going to be filled - with Americans, not H1-Bs or illegals - or are you just collecting resumes and "updating your databases" so you can tell POTUS there are no qualified American STEM workers?

    Anyone can post a job; the trick is to hire someone to fill it.

  • storchheim Oct 3, 2012

    But it got you to notice me! (bat bat bat)

  • Obamacare has risen Oct 3, 2012

    That's not very nice storchheim.

  • saltnsanddefenderofdamiddleclass Oct 3, 2012

    thought we had the summer(s) of recovery...what happened?

  • whatelseisnew Oct 3, 2012

    If you want a touch more security take the Cashier job instead of the programming job, unless of course you live in India or China.

  • storchheim Oct 2, 2012

    “There's always hope,” she said. “A positive attitude is the biggest thing.”

    And there's someone out there for EVERYONE!