Today’s Diverse Careers fair in Los Angeles was just that — fair. The 23 vendors and perhaps 800-900 attendees were less than approx. 2,000 attendees at a similar recent fair in the so-called “Inland Empire” (a fancy word for the California desert area, where Diverse Careers is better-known).
Marcel Abandonato, a nice fellow and ex-Wells Fargo recruiter who runs the show at Diverse Careers, says he’s doing more of a “career day” than a “job fair.” That’s for sure: exhibitors included a cleaning-product multi-level-marketer looking for people to help sell the cleaner.
Job seekers didn’t seem all that disappointed to me. Perhaps their expectations were low, as were mine when it came to judging the number of employers present. The fact that he got Wells Fargo and others to pony up for a booth in this economy isn’t all bad. When the economy picks up, Marcel’s outfit seems poised to succeed.