Job Fair Attracts Thousands

Although Houston is faring economically better than many cities throughout the country, there are still a lot of people here who are hurting. If there was any doubt, all you had to do was see the lines at a recent job fair. Bill Stamps has the story.
"I'm good and alive..."

Some people might say its not fair that as President Obama was trying to keep CEO's from getting paid more than 500-thousand dollars, Reliant Arena was full of people just trying to get a job. People like Meagan Guidry.

"I had a big change in my life. Lost my job, lost my boyfriend, I have a seven month old baby and I'm trying to find a job."
 
Karen Garcia and Lisa Ragan were walking around like everyone else hoping to put in a resume or speak with someone who might interview them on the spot.

"I'm actually in information technology. I'm a software application consultant. I can develop programs, project management, you name it."

"I was with another company for ten years and they decided to move to Dallas and I wasn't looking to relocate. So, I'm now looking for a job."

(sound: booth discussions)

This job fair had lots of booths with representatives from various companies, just like the home, garden or boat show...you name it. But this is more serious. Everyone in there knows the person that keeps them from getting that next job might be standing right next to them.

"Number ten is making a poor first impression."

So to get that advantage, some listen to a speaker talk about interviewing skills.

"Appearance. Too many people forget about this, but appearance is very important."

There was also an area for people to get help and advice with their resume. Believe or not some people don't even put their phone number on their resume. 

"I've seen sometimes in which a telephone number is missing and a recruiter can't get a hold of them."

That's Rubin Castillo one of the counselors. Not having a job can take its toll on anyone. But the women I spoke with are being strong...two of them Karen Garcia and Lisa Ragan said their strength comes from above.

"It is human nature to worry, but there again, I continue to lift up my hands in praise and ask the lord to give me the strength not to worry." "When I got laid off from my job my mother had gotten diagnosed with cancer, so I think God knew what he was doing when I got laid off and I got to spend the last three months of her life with her."

Professionally dressed, the women waited in line patently to talk with recruiters and human resource workers. The people who say things aren't fair, don't have the positive attitude these women have. They also may not get the job they get either. 

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.