I Hate Career Fairs

March 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm (Uncategorized)

I just wanted to make that clear.  I paid good money to attend a career fair in DC last week– like some girl who believes maybe if she goes to this bar the man of her dreams will be there.  I knew he wasn’t going to be there, but I felt like I should always be doing something since I won’t find him  in my current office. 

The fair was geared toward “mid-level” career seekers, whatever that means.  I know I’m not fresh out of college and I know I’m not a senior executive–where else I fall on the infamous career ladder between those two ranks depends on the institution or company.  Looking-in from the outside I can’t see over the gray cubicle divider.  It’s like going through adolescence all over again without the pimples.

At University, I remember snaking my way through perky brunettes and other aggressive types storming to the front of the table with those self-made business cards.  This time around, I was competing with individuals in their 40s and 50s.  We all had appropriate business cards paid for by our companies, thankfully, but I was depressed.  As a friend stated the other day, “when do jobs start to come to me? When does that part of my career begin?”  If you are lucky and strategic and well-connected I suppose.  There were a lot more gray and bald heads than bottle blondes at that fair.  I’m just saying that figuring out what comes next professionally or personally never ends.  Hopefully, career fairs will.

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