Hundreds turn out for Camden Co. job fair

April 6, 2011 2:49:51 PM PDT
Hundreds of people looking for work lined up to get into a job fair on Wednesday in Camden County.

Patricia Paulson, of Pitman, was one of the people who came to the fair, held in the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood.

"The job market is so different now, everything is online. You need to come to these job fairs to get your face out there and talk to people," she said.

? That's just what people were doing - meeting face-to-face with recruiters and filling out job applications with some of over 90 different companies.

"There's a couple leads, got a few phone numbers. Hopefully I'll get something out of it," said Bill McConville of Oaklyn.

"It builds up your confidence and it gives you a connection with the workforce. It brings you back to life," said Robert Goldsby of Voorhees.

The job fair was sponsored by the Camden County Freeholders and the county's One Stop Resource Center. Also available was advice on resume writing, job training programs, and - new this year - local salons were offering makeovers to job seekers.

? "I told them?I don't wear makeup, but they said they will show me because I said I love how they look," said Muhlanga Rochon of Camden. "They look gorgeous."

? The job fair didn't open until 10:00 a.m., but people began lining up before 8:00 a.m.

? "We know demand is out there, people are really looking for work. For years, some have been looking for work. So, this is an opportunity to network," said Frank Filipek of the One Stop Resource Center.

"I've been unemployed for the last four months, been on unemployment. It's been, you know, you kind of start feeling useless," said NIck Ilisco of Pine Hill.

Hopefully that will turn around for the crowds who came here and the leads they've gotten will turn in to new jobs.