In an effort to combat the sometimes dismal prospects at traditional job fairs, which often involve long lines, enlist experts to speak and offer few real jobs, the unemployed have begun to create their own job fairs, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.
Job fairs such as LaidOffCamp are beginning to use the unemployed themselves to facilitate the fairs, and instead of promising jobs, they offer a chance for those who have been laid off to make contacts, speak in their area of expertise and vent about their unemployed status.Other grassroots job fairs like Out of Work Chicago offer the same types of services in informal settings like bars. Most of these events are free, and they are sometimes sponsored by companies that have products or services to offer to the unemployed.
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