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April 18, 2004 at 11:09 am #261willKeymaster
What was everyone’s opinion of the job fair? Were you discouraged or encouraged by your contacts? Good luck to all!
Ice FriendApril 19, 2004 at 9:58 pm #1935Marshak2Member
Hi Sharon & all,
I would say encouraged & discouraged! At first it was overwhelming: hundreds of bodies crammed into the small room, confusion about which lines to stand in…it was not what I expected at all. I just couldn’t imagine how I could stand out from all these hundreds of people…and my first two “interviews” were not encouraging; but after the first couple of hours I got the hang of it & really started having fun with it. I didn’t realize I would have 30-45 minute interviews with people (and we were on our knees as there weren’t chair for the interviewees-ouch!). There were several jobs I really wanted, and I dutifully interviewed for food & janitorial jobs, and those ironically, those ended up being my best interactions…actually, my most intense “interview” was with Jon, the food guy..he asked me such interesting & challenging questions! It was great yakking with the other job seekers too. I had no idea we would be standing in line so long to speak to the managers, so next time (if I don’t get on this year) I’ll definitley go both days. I asked every manager if it was okay if I contacted them, & most gave me their e-mail address, but a lot said they were expecting the last years’ person to return to the job. I truly felt like I did my best, & all & all it was an immensely satisfying, though surreal, experience…now I will start my weekly e-mail campaign with the managers I spoke with hoping they remember me! Would love to hear other’s experiences too…! p.s. I mentioned the incredibly helpful support I received from the folks on this website too…:-).
MarshaApril 28, 2004 at 3:17 am #1936thepooles98Keymaster
Marsha, I hope you make it. Look me up in McM if you get there this summer.
mikeApril 29, 2004 at 2:12 am #1937AnonymousMember
I went to the Denver Job Fair. I was there on sat, and there probably weren’t as many people as on Friday. Most people I talked to were very very very VERY nice. I applied for science support positions, and the DA/GA/etc positoins. The best part was, that some hiring managers saw my resume and said, “Oh , you would be soooo good for this position… go talk to so and so… down the hall!” And I would and it was great. Or they would say… “you are so qualified except you really need to be certified to operate such and such piece of machinery… if you get down to the Ice somehow this summer, I’ll train you and hire you next year.” Like I said, very nice people.
The only discouraging thing was that everyone told me that they have returning employees from last year, and of course, those employees get first dibs on the positions. It really made me feel like I was almost wasting my time, but I am glad that I have tons of email addresses to contact.
Thanks to everyone who gave me advice, I’m glad I went to the job fair
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