Chicago job fair is normal

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CHICAGO (CBS) – About 3,000 people lined up for the city’s first-ever jobs fair on Friday – some of them waiting in line for up to six hours – hoping to apply for work with the city, but many left frustrated after learning the only way to apply for a job was to go online.

Welcome to the world of the modern Job fair.  I only attend a job fair to kill some time.  I used to go to pick up trinkets like stress balls or pens. You don’t even get those most of the time these days.  I assume job fairs are just PR stunts now.  As a general rule you can’t get hired at one.  Nearly all companies now use online applications and while they may take your resume, don’t expect a call.

Now, company specific hiring events are different.  They can be worth your time. At these events they will actually interview you.  But be warned, these are all day events and the wait to get an interview can be very long.

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