Hopefuls seek work at St. Pete job fair

09/22/08 Seán Kinane
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Inside the Coliseum in St. Petersburg today, a job fair brought together people looking for work and 38 companies or government agencies that are either hiring or offering employment services.

With unemployment numbers across the country and especially in the bay area at their highest levels in years, many of the job seekers were determined to find positions, but aware of the challenges of the current economy.

Nearly a year ago, the company Neil Schipper worked for went into bankruptcy. He has been looking for a position in retail management and had to place his home in foreclosure, but he got it out.

One success story from last year’s job fair is Sharon Bond, who works as a recruiter with Commonwealth Capital Corp, a financial investment company based in Clearwater.

Among job seekers, opinions differed about the wisdom of recent bailouts of financial sector companies by the U.S. government.

David Book is searching for computer technology jobs and supports the government actions to rescue Wall Street.

Professor Lewis E. Alston teaches classes on human resource management but says he is always paying attention to the job market and looking for positions.

Pascale Brown is seeking employment in the fields of social work or social services, but she just got a master’s degree and does not have the experience required for many positions.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

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