This, my zero loyal readers, is a photo of the parking lot and surrounding street on the morning of the Hammond job fair. Seeing as I was parked across a field of goose poop and mud 1/4 mile away on the other side of the building, you can see that there are many, many un- and underemployed residents of the area where I now live.
Why blog about the job fair? The list of employers present reveal more about the economic activity of my hometown.
First, there were two colleges recruiting both support staff and students: Purdue Cal and IUN. Then, there were several more colleges recruiting only for students: DeVry, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and Kaplan College.
Finally, there were businesses looking for employees. Of course I spoke with some business people hoping they needed ELL teachers for their workforce. At one booth, I was told, “We’re a manufacturing company. We don’t do workforce development.” Sample businesses included U.S. Steel, Adecco, Screw Conveyor, Lear, three branches of the military, the Hammond Innovation Center (a nonprofit where entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas for funding), and two casinos: the Horseshoe, and Ameristar in East Chicago.
For my part, I was able to practice talking to hiring managers and recruiters, sign up for Indiana Career Connect where I actually applied for three jobs across the state, and bilk three pens from the giveaway tables. All in all, a successful event.