Job fair in RTP today

July 9, 2009 9:18:41 AM PDT
People began lining up at 8 a.m. Thursday for a chance to meet with employers in the tough job market. About two dozen companies were scheduled to participate the Radisson Hotel in RTP from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We have about 3,500 people registered, which means we have anywhere from 500 to 700 people here today," said Diana Nicholson, National Career Fairs.

Twenty-two employers in every field you can think of offered prospects of a job, not just a meeting.

"Looked up job fairs online [and] came down here to see what the job market was like," jobseeker Jennifer Carton told Eyewitness News.

For some, it's been a hard road with layoffs, career changes and even recent college graduation.

"It's nerve wracking," Carton said. "It seems there's a lot of competition. There are not as many jobs as what I hoped for."

Nicholson, one of the fair's organizers, said there are jobs available.

"Obviously, we see the number of job seekers increase in all markets that we're in, but we have seen employer participation continuing so there are jobs out there," she said. "It's just a matter of getting people connected with them."

Employers are offering jobs in everything from cosmetics to banking, but with more jobs than resumes, some will have to hope for the best.

Some of the employers included UNC-Chapel Hill, Orange County Human Resource Department, Fidelity Investments, United States Marine Corp, US Air Force and the US Secret Service.


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