Career fair at Camden Yards draws thousands 71 employers recruit, take resumes

state groups offer counsel

September 24, 1997|By Sean Somerville | Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF

Almost 5,000 people crowded booths set up by 71 employers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards yesterday, as The Baltimore Sun Co. and the state held another of their twice-a-year career fairs.

The joint venture was started in 1995 by The Sun and the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. In addition to matching job seekers and Sun advertisers, the fair on the club level of Oriole Park generates revenue for the newspaper.

Job seekers yesterday gave resumes to employers including T. Rowe Price, Comcast Cablevision and Caldor Corp., and also got tips from the state's Maryland Jobs Service and Baltimore Urban League.

Andre Alexander, 35, of Baltimore, said he has a job as a restaurant floor manager. "But I'm looking at other opportunities, probably in retail," he said.

Evan Smith, 25, of Carroll County, who works long hours hunting down suspects who have jumped bail, said he is looking for a better, steady job. He said bounty hunting is not all it's cracked up to be.

"I want to become a police officer, quickly," Smith said.

He said he spoke with recruiters from the FBI, Baltimore City Police and security companies. "I think there are a lot of jobs out there," Smith said.

Comcast Cablevision appeared to have one of the busiest booths. With a minimum of about 40 jobs available in Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, recruiter Tina Marie Price barely had a second to talk.

"I've got about 1,200 resumes," she said, with the fair only about two-thirds over.

Because of the volume of applicants, landing a job from the fair can be difficult. Price, for instance, said she hired about three people from a previous fair.

Othniel Hutchinson, 21, applauded the fair. Hutchinson, who lives in New York but attended college in Maryland, said the fair gave him a chance to fill out a few applications in a short time.

"I applied for a couple of jobs, a management job with Wendy's and a job with Radio Shack," he said.

Samantha Savage Leonard, who pushed her two children around the fair in a stroller, was less than enthralled with the opportunities.

"Too many temporary agencies," she said. "You come here looking for a career. But a career consists of steady work."

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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