My good buddy and I, dressed to impress and armed with freshly minted resumes, checked out a job fair downtown today. I’ve been to good job fairs before, and this was nothing like a good job fair! As soon as we saw the poster indicating the focus was on sales, marketing, and management positions, we should have exited, stage left. But nooo, in for a dime, in for a dollar. So, along with several other job seekers, we rode the elevator up to the third floor.
We were asked to fill out a form and submit both the form and our resumes, after which we were given a guide to the companies who were present. I took a look at the meager corporate presence and did a mental eye roll. Just for the heck of it, I chatted with the folks from Border Patrol. What the heck, networking is good, right? Yeah, well, after serving as an agent for two years, you can apply for a different position. Pfft.
On our way out, I expressed disappointment at the disappointing corporate turnout to the event’s host. We asked if they host events featuring high-tech companies, and he directed us to their website. I was curious who they were, and after asking, I learned they were essentially job brokers like Monster. Companies contracted with them to find talent to hire. When I mentioned selling insurance, timeshare condos, or retail merchandise wasn’t a good fit for me, he copped a condescending ‘tude and shot back with “at least its money.”
Dude, there’s more to it than just money.