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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2004
Antwon Ash, power-suited and bright-eyed, set up behind a table before the start of a job fair yesterday and prepared to talk career opportunities. Except he was looking, not offering. Frederick County is trying a role reversal as it brings employers and would-be employees together: Recruiters are the ones walking from booth to booth, instead of waiting for people to come to them. Job fairs, like want ads, are a long-standing tradition and they're largely the same wherever you go. But here and there, organizers are putting new spins on the ritual: job-seekers giving speeches, bringing in displays, logging onto the Web for a virtual experience.
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BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose and Eileen Ambrose,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2002
This Labor Day, job seekers are more likely to find that it takes longer to find work, the pay may not be as much and the competition is greater, employment specialists say. "It's a tough time for workers right now. We're in the midst of the highest unemployment since the early 1990s. There is a risk that it may continue to go in a jobless recovery pattern," said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., an outplacement firm in Chicago. On Friday, the Labor Department will release its employment report for August.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1997
Do the homework: Many job seekers apparently don't bother to learn much about the companies or industries they're applying to. Sixty percent of executives surveyed by Accountemps, an employment company, reported that applicants rarely indicate in their cover letters that they know anything about the company or industry. And 38 percent of the executives reported that even at the interview stage, job candidates rarely display such knowledge. Max Messmer, the chairman of Accountemps, suggests job seekers do some homework before they start applying for a job.Pub Date: 10/12/97
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Fort Meade's rapid growth in the past few years has made it the state's largest employer, but getting a foot in the door — or, rather, inside the guarded fence line — can be daunting. Many of the Army installation's 56,000 jobs require a security clearance. And though it's one base, Fort Meade contains 95 employers, including the National Security Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency. When local officials held an event last week to demystify Fort Meade hiring, 300 people showed up, armed with notebooks and resumes.
NEWS
July 19, 2005
Maryland New Directions, a nonprofit career counseling center at 611 Park Ave. in Mount Vernon, is offering workshops for job seekers. From 10 a.m. to noon today, participants can learn to write or improve a resume. A seminar on answering difficult questions during interviews is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. A workshop for ex-felons from 10 a.m. to noon July 26 will focus on discussing one's legal history with an employer. Information: 410-230-0630.
NEWS
March 2, 2005
JOB HELP Tomorrow Early-intervention workshop: a free daylong session for job seekers on cover letters and resumes; 10 a.m., 175 Post Office Road, Waldorf. Registration: Marc Himmelberger, 301-645-8714, ext. 310. Thursday Summer Jobs Fair: 10 a.m., Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway, Pasadena. Sponsored by Anne Arundel County public schools. Information: Jacqueline Dunn, 410-225-9600. Monday Getting Hired 101: a free orientation session for job services by Maryland Workforce Exchange; 9:30 a.m., 7060 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.
NEWS
April 5, 2006
Productive work place set as topic Friday As part of a series at Howard Community College sponsored by Howard Bank, author John Izzo will share stories and ideas about creating an engaging and productive workplace at a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Kittleman Room of the college's Instructional Lab Building (ILB 100), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. He will discuss "Awakening the Soul at Work: What Great Workplaces Teach Us and How to Become One." Izzo, author of Awakening Corporate Soul: For Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work, will sign books after the luncheon and will offer a workshop, "Servant Leadership: the Secrets of Great People Leaders" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in ILB 100. The cost for the luncheon is $35; for the luncheon and workshop, $50. Information or to reserve a place: 410-772-4814.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | March 20, 1996
About 7,000 people crowded into the club level of Oriole Park at Camden Yards yesterday for the Baltimore Sun Career Fair, an event that brought 71 employers and an array of job-hunting services from the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation into one place.The event, a joint venture between the newspaper and the state, started last year and is now held twice a year, said Karen Stabley, director of new business development for The Sun. The fair is designed as a public service, to give advertisers new ways to reach job seekers and as a way to capture revenue for The Sun.Labor Department spokesman Marco K. Merrick said the organizers had to turn away employers who wanted to set up a booth at the fair, for which they paid $1,200 or more.
BUSINESS
By HANAH CHO | December 5, 2007
My recent column about the importance of cover letters stirred a strong opinion from one reader. And another wanted to know what to write in a cover letter that is different from a resume. It seems further clarification is required on this topic. One reader who did not want to be identified argues that cover letters are obsolete. "Now, in most cases because of the good state of the economy, trying to find someone to apply for an open position is almost next to impossible, more so when expecting a cover letter with a resume," wrote the reader, who says he has been a hiring manager for more than 15 years.
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