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Job seekers hit Career Expo

Posted April 20, 2010

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— The Capital Area JobLink Career Expo offered job seekers resources, assistance and a chance to meet with hiring managers from Triangle-area businesses on Tuesday.

Shelley Bower, who was laid off by Wake County about four months ago, was among the hundreds that crowded into the Raleigh Convention Center hoping to find a job through the expo.

"It's a tough world. It's a tough situation right now," she said. "There's a job around the corner. I just haven't been in the right place, haven't made the right connections."

Job seekers were able to get resume advice from professionals and, if they had the resume on a removable disk, were able use computers on site to fix any mistakes before meeting with potential employers.

Job seekers were able to get resume advice from professionals and, if they had the resume on a removable disk, were able use computers on site to fix any mistakes before meeting with potential employers.

Job seekers hit Career Expo Job seekers attend Career Expo in Raleigh

Earl Rezendes was laid off from his engineering firm job nine months ago. He describes searching for a job as “very nerve-wracking,” adding that having too much work experience might be hurting him.

“With 30 years experience, with the market the way it is right now, I’m finding it very difficult for people to be willing to interview you for a lesser position,” he said.

Fair organizers said they are planning a similar event this fall.

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  • itsnotmeiswear Apr 21, 2010

    "It had nothing to do with your attitudes that you are entitled to some high paying, prestigous position that requires no work yet pays 6 figures?-cantstandgoloanymore"

    Posters like this never cease to amaze me with their ignorance or jealousy. There are a lot of highly trained and highly skilled IT professionals that are being laid off and their positions outsourced to India and Brazil. The majority of the time the people don't make 6 figures, and and the rate they do make is more than covered by what their company charges for their services. IBM is often named because they are one of the worst abusers of their monopolistic power in the the mainframe market to manipulate the gap between price and cost.

    I don't have a problem with IBM or any company making money, but the greed of upper management driven by crazy compensation plans tied to stock price is holding down any possible employment rebound in this area and the nation. Wall Street is just fine letting you think it is Obama an

  • Raleigh Boys Apr 20, 2010

    Oh my goodness. I attended the job fair, and was recruited to be the Waffle house greeter on Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. I will get $4.00 an hour plus bonus tips. The heck with my college degree, thanks Bev!

  • manofjustice Apr 20, 2010

    Of all of you complaining here on GOLO...how many of you complain to the folks directly...like Bev's email or President Obama's email?

  • Pseudonym Apr 20, 2010

    I have to echo manofjustice, and I'll even serenade you with a little song:
    Obama lives the little children, All the children of the world, Red and yellow black and white, They are precious in his sight, Obama loves the little children of the world.

    Now, employers, quit handing out free pens and post-it pads and start hiring.

  • manofjustice Apr 20, 2010

    Obama has been good to us and this country. I don't understand why you all have to complain about nothing. Life could be a whole lot worse. I watched a movie the other night about Rwanda in 1994. The genocidal atrocities. And you all have the nerve to complain. If you want life to be good to you then be good to it. Bev Purdue is doing all she can do. Obama loves us all. Be happy or move to Russia.

  • NoFreakinWay Apr 20, 2010

    and 2 people got jobs.
    we're really making a come back aren't we Bev.

  • Nunya123 Apr 20, 2010

    Not really surprised that all that is in here is complaining. Ever wonder why you're unemployed?? Oh, thats right, it was sent overseas or you were replaced by an H-1B holder. It had nothing to do with your attitudes that you are entitled to some high paying, prestigous position that requires no work yet pays 6 figures? Again, it is always someone elses fault.

  • Me again Apr 20, 2010

    Does WRAL have a table?

  • cwood3 Apr 20, 2010

    You nailed it notagain. We unemployed professionals do not matter-oh that's right-look at the lost income tax revenue???
    She'd rather figure out how to get some money from the great benefactor-Barack Obama-the thugster.

    Someday-we'll get rid of all the big spenders and start fixing this state. Currently, we're one big nanny state. Our parents are rollong in their graves over this stuff-both state and fed.

    Oh that does not matter, Dems are in charge-and they think about spending-not saving us anything.

  • notagain1903 Apr 20, 2010

    I agree, WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!!! $7 parking and most of the tables are for online colleges or computer training schools. Hello people we are looking for jobs not looking to spend what money we have to get us through this on schooling for the next 2 - 4 years!!!! The city of Raliegh should have helped out with the parking and validated any tickets for the people attending. Where is our chamber of commerce when we need them to promote industries and companies at these functions? OK Bev you are the gov. you said the jobs will be coming, Well where are they??? Oh, thats right you funded to rebuild the fishing pier on the coast and all the migrant workers on the road crews to spur on the economy. What a great job!!!!!

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