I attended a job fair today, sponsored by the Valleyworks Career Center (where I filed for unemployment yesterday) and the North Shore Career Center. Each career center has two offices, covering the areas of Haverhill, Lowell, Salem, and Lynn.
The event was held at the mammoth 1.5 million square-foot former Lucent plant in North Andover, now known as Osgood Landing. I’d been there about two years ago, for a meeting at the time with one of the regional business groups which I helped plan events. Suffice to say, it’s still cavernous.
I knew I wouldn’t find a government job at the fair, nor any sort of policy gig. Selling myself short, I figured I could try for a marketing, communications, or PR position.
No such luck, as the tables were manned by HR professionals, and aside from the 4-5 staffing firms I left my resume with, the predominance of the other exhibitors were looking for a mix of retail, manufacturing, telemarketing, and other blue collar positions.
I’m looking for a white collar, or even a green collar, job.
Perhaps a staffing firm will call me about a direct hire or temp-to-perm position. I won’t cross my fingers.