Two weeks ago I did something I’m not accustomed to doing as a successful management consultant — I attended a Tampa Bay job fair. I went down to the 11am-3pm event for two main reasons:
1. To see which companies were hiring during this economic downturn;
2. To see how many people would turn out to a Technology/IT job forum.
There were approximately 6 companies who were accepting resumes and talking to prospective employee candidates. Among the notable ones that I can remember were: Catalina Marketing; Raytheon; Wyle; Blackbird Technologies; and a couple of others whose names escape me. Kaplan University was also present hoping to drum up new students and business from job seekers who want to improve their skills.
While the number of jobs was far from plentiful, it was great to see that at least the above 4 companies came out to show their support and encouragement for IT job seekers. Even if the sole interest was visibility and positive press during 2009, I commend these companies for making the effort and giving hope to IT job seekers.
I was encouraged by the sincerity and genuine interest that the “interviewers” or resume collectors were on behalf of their companies. For the entire duration, these committed company employees proudly represented the corporate America we all need more of these days. So, hats off to Raytheon, Catalina Marketing, Wyle, and Blackbird Technologies for presenting an optimistic outlook for Tampa Bay. We certainly can do with more positive examples like you!
Have a good week!
Carol Dekkers, Software Measurement and Global Software Development expert, author, speaker. Want to engage Carol to be a speaker at your next event? Email Ms. Dekkers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit http://www.caroldekkers.com for details.
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