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Job seekers hope for leads at WRAL JobLink Career Expo

Posted September 23, 2009

— Thousands of unemployed people flooded the Raleigh Convention Center on Wednesday to network with potential employers.

WRAL and the Capital Area Workforce Development Board presented the WRAL JobLink Career Expo, the Triangle's largest career fair.

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More than 80 local employers with local job openings were conducting interviews.

Burt's Bees representatives said the company has 14 open positions.

“Everything from things in our main office, accounting, IT, marketing and a few opportunities in our manufacturing facility as well,” said Monica Boitnot of Burt’s Bees.

Morrisville-based Hipp Engineering had representatives at the fair. The company is looking for contractors to work with clients in the pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries.

“We’re looking for project managers, project engineers, with a background in electrical mechanical,” said Terry Prince, of Hipp Engineering.

Many companies at the fair said they expect to have even more openings in the months to come.

“It was a little bit slow at the beginning of the year. Now we’re starting to see an increase in our workload,” Prince said.

The free event also featured community and education resources.

“You hear it on the news, and but then when you actually come out here and see how many people are looking, it’s a reality check,” said Sharon Thorpe, who was laid off four months ago after working for 11 years at a research company.

Thorpe was among the 3,500 job seekers that attended the event.

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David Ange, who was laid off after working in the trucking industry for the past 20 years, was first in line to enter the fair at 10 a.m.

"It's been rough. We lost our house," Ange said.

"After 19 years of not having to worry about it, it is a humbling experience," said Dan Wilbur, who worked for a truck leasing company before being let go. "I'll start at the ground floor just to get started."

For those who need extra help, career coaches and other presenters were on hand at the expo. Free workshops included coping with the stresses of job loss and more information about credit and foreclosure options.

Out of work for almost a year, Ken Hoadley said seeing so many unemployed or underemployed people was depressing, but he said the event gave him hope.


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  • c2it Sep 24, 2009

    Thanks WRAL for hosting this event, and by the way, it has been posted on their website for weeks. You just needed to look.

  • Adelinthe Sep 23, 2009

    Admiral -

    Thanks for letting us know about this.

    Sorry so many wasted their time and resources for this.

    Praying for anyone looking for a job like I am. It's hard not to get discouraged.

    And what did Bev do with all the stimulus money that was suppose to create new jobs? Sent it for road work. sigh

    God bless.


  • Red Sep 23, 2009

    I think it should be law that if you interview for a job the company should be required to give you an answer. An email saying "No" is a million times better than silence. \\\Was unemployed 16 months. Never took a government dime. Feel for those still looking.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 23, 2009

    "I see some bad attitudes here -- not the kind of people I would want to recruit."

    What you see here are people who have been there, done that, and got the stupid little "Made in China" handouts job fair after job fair, and know that they are there for PR, not for jobs.

    The fact of the matter is that most if not all of the companies that are out there would rather not waste their time because they don't have jobs.

    Why not say "We're not hiring" versus putting a ton of jobs out there that they don't have?

    We know their game - and it is the same as committing fraud.

  • DianeNC Sep 23, 2009

    "They have enough money to have internet." (strawberry4)

    We do?? LOL Again, it amazes me how some here seem to know everything about us. My basic Internet is being disconnected on Friday, and as in the past (the last time I was out of work), I will rely on my local library and Joblink center to access the Internet.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 23, 2009

    "Could it be the day of plush, high paying jobs are over for the average Joe and he might actually have to work now ??"

    How about jobs that allow you to pay a mortgage? None of the "smoke" jobs there paid a mortgage or a car payment a week.

    How about getting over yourself.

  • Professor Sep 23, 2009

    They will not get a job. These jobs are inside jobs where the comnpany will be hiring at their own company.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 23, 2009

    Just got back from the event.

    Very disappointed in the jobs that are not there. Most of the jobs are just the stuff the mexicans don't want.

    Most of it was a feel good - no substance - no jobs collection and throw away. You get there and get the book and the companies tell you that they are not hiring - but they are looking for resumes.

    Thanks to WRAL for having the event, but the problem is that those folks were not honestly looking for people. Most of them said to apply online. The applications have been put in - but none of the people will be called.

    Sorry guys - but outside of the great informational sessions - I doubt anyone will come back here and say that they got a job out of it.

  • Adelinthe Sep 23, 2009

    WRAL NEVER gives enough advance notice for these things.

    It takes more than two days to rearrange schedules and get enough resumes printed and picked up for these things.

    How about giving us all a week next time, huh?

    God bless.


  • Professor Sep 23, 2009

    To the others calling some of us "complainers" and "whiners" - I would say we're just being realistic.

    Amen! The truth hurts.