Chicago Job Fair Yields Nothing For Disgruntled Obama Voters
City officials were not conducting job interviews, or hiring anyone on the spot. Officials said all job applications for city jobs must be done online, because of city hiring rules and the federal Shakman decree that bans political-based hiring for most city jobs.
However, city representatives did offer assistance in applying for jobs online using computers provided by the city, and also informed job seekers about workshops on résumé writing and job interview skills.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports the event left many of those job seekers wondering why someone didn’t tell them from the start to use their computers to apply for a city job, rather than stand in line for hours in the cold.
Cherrie Moore said, “They just got fliers of resources, things we could have got on the Internet, things we probably already know about.”
Rodney Booker said, “I stood in line for four hours. They better give me a Wal-Mart gift card, or something.”
Job seeker Keyonya Mills was frustrated by the miscommunication.
“They could have said, go online, fill out the application. If you do not know how to fill out a application, come to Kennedy-King College and we’ll train you. They have people wrapped around this entire building thinking this is a job fair and this is not a job fair”, Mills said.
Michael Williams compared the job fair to standing in a soup line, only to find out there’s no soup.
“This isn’t really a job fair, it’s just a meet-and-greet,” he said. “It’s nothing, they’re just telling you what’s going on with their business, but they’re not really receiving any applications, or any résumés. It’s nothing.”
Williams had even dressed in a suit and tie to make a good impression, hoping for at least a preliminary job interview, but said all the effort simply went to waste.
“I tried to dress for the part, you know, just to make a good impression, but you don’t have to make an impression in there. They’re just telling you mumbo jumbo.”
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