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Unfair job fairs

 

Unfair job fairs

As a person affected by the economic downturn, I have attended several job fairs. I used to like job fairs because while I was wearing the same suit and tie, during the same event, I had the opportunity to meet some would-be employers who had the authority and the power to interview me and, maybe, hire me on-the-spot, if I was the type of candidate the employer was looking for.

Today, job fairs are no longer fair because representatives of the participating companies or exhibitors tell you to go online to apply for a job, or want you to become a student when, in fact, you are at the fair because you need a job. I can go online on my own, either at the public library or at home, without having anyone tell me to do that. I did not need to dress up in a white and clean crispy shirt, tie, interview suit, and shiny shoes when I can do that from home without even brushing my teeth.

Let’s be fair, colleges, universities, and employers: It’s a job fair, not a career fair, which is held almost every year by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Throughout the years, I have attended both. I can tell you that some employers and/or universities do not seem to distinguish one from the other.

It is not fair.

Carmelo Cabarcas, Hialeah

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