Hundreds of job seekers connected with some 40 prospective employers April 16 at the second annual JUF/JVS Job Fair organized to assist beginning to mid-level professionals find jobs. A project of the J-HELP Initiative, the fair, held at the Standard Club, was co-sponsored by JUF’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and TIP Young Professional Groups (Young Real Estate, Lawyers, Finance & Entrepreneurs), and JVS Chicago.
In addition to networking with hiring companies, job seekers attended several career workshops—including "Making the Most of the Job Fair," "Sharpening Your Interviewing Skills,” “Managing a Career Transition,” and “Taking Your Job Search to the Next level with Social Media”—and received career search advice and resume checks at the JVS Career Services Help Desk.
Erica Nedelman, an MBA student, said she decided to attend the fair to see what was out there. “I looked online at the companies ahead of time to get a feel for it,” she said. “I haven’t gotten to talk to everyone yet today, but so far I’ve been very pleased. I’ve met with a few companies I could really see myself working for.”
Steven Zarch, managing director of Garelli Wong, a financial recruiting firm, couldn’t believe the turnout. “I came to the Job Fair today with low expectations,” he said. “We are looking for a narrow niche [of people] at a general job fair and I’m very surprised by the quality of individuals coming through the door. It’s been very clear that people really did their research ahead of time. They are asking smart questions. We’ll be able to refer several candidates we met today.”
Cheryl Jacobs is Marketing Communications Manager for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.