Unemployed New Yorkers Make Their Pitch At Midtown Job Fair

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In this economy, any news of available jobs draws a crowd. Despite last week’s wild Wall Street ride and a lack of consumer confidence, there was a ray of hope at a Midtown job fair on Monday.

At the job fair, attendees found all kinds of companies, from insurance to retail and much more. Those looking for work came from a variety of backgrounds, including child services professional Deborah Riddy and former business owner Matthew Manning.

“It’s rough, been out of work two years now. I’m trying to see what’s out there,” Riddy told CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

“I was getting my MBA in Virginia at the College of William and Mary and I’ve been looking for a job since I graduated in May of 2010,” Manning said.

Many at the fair stood ready and willing to endure a long wait and make their pitch to potential employers.

“I’m trilingual. I have a lot of experience working in health care,” said Andreas Saramides.

“I graduated from Syracuse a year and a half ago and I’m just kind of looking for a career path right now,” added Sarah Lopez of New City.

The task of finding a job in the current environment may seem daunting because there are so many people looking for work. However, the employers at the job fair insisted they do have jobs available.

“If I can find one or two people, that would be fine. If I can find 30 people, that would be fine, too,” said Larry Gordon of New York Life.

Many of the jobs being offered, however, were sales jobs that pay commission and not a salary. That seemed to be an issue for some.

“I can’t work on commission, I need a salary,” one man from Flushing, Queens said.

While some were disappointed they were unable to find anything in their field, others seemed to enjoy their interaction with companies looking to hire.

Recent statistics showed that employers posted more job openings last month — a sign hiring might actually be picking up.

Are you struggling to find work?  Do you see any signs that the economy might be picking up?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  1. Garth says:

    Job fairs are a usless way of luring people to an event, that will only generate maybe on ro two real jobs if you are lucky. The decent companies do not waste their time with this, you get mostly second rate retail companies at best, that are looking for people in their 20’s that will work for little or nothing. I have yet to see one of these things actually genrate a worthwhile interview. having returned from Nevada over a year ago, and attending way too many of these things with absolutely no results, the best way to describe these things is complete fraud. I have seen resumes and applications get stuffed in a box hurredly, knowing full well they will never ever be looked at., In this economy it is more of who you know rather than what…Sad but true….

  2. Shyloving2 says:

    THE WORKFORCE HAS NOT BEEN ANY BETTER IN TEXAS ITS JUST A BUNCH OF SENDING AN FAXING RESUMES AND NOT ON CALL AFTER 15 SENT RESUME PER DAY. BY THE END OF THE WEEK I’VE BEEN TO ZERO INTERVIEWS. WHAT HAPPEN TO ON THE JOB TRAINING JOBS, OR YOUR HIRED YOU START ON 2ND SHIFT TODAY. ALL THE WASTE OF TIME, AND JUST MORE IN MORE IN DEBT..( THE BACKGROUND CHECKS) A 30 YEAR OLD FELONY CAN HURT SO BAD. ARE HURTING THE EMPLOYER’S SO THEY DON’T HIRE ANYONE. NOW THE FOOD BANK LINES ARE GETTING LONGER, STILL NOT EVEN A TEMPORARY JOB HIRES NOW. JUST GIVE UP BUT CAN’T REALLY GIVE UP.. I WILL REALLY BE OUT FOR THE LOAN SHARKS THEN. JUST HOPE AND PRAY ONE DAY ITS A DREAM COME TRUE GET A ON THE JOB TRAINING JOB.. I’LL TAKE IT WALKING A DONKEY ..
    WHEN DO I START.. THIANK FOR HERE MY CRY OUT..

  3. Bigbrostyx Walls says:

    NO COMMENT.A total waste of breath,time.

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