Photo essay: A short history of Tampa Bay job fairs
Wake up and good morning. Job fairs. Love 'em. Hate 'em. Do they work at all? One thing is certain. They are numerous and typically draw hundreds if not thousands of people out of work or those seeking better employment opportunities. The photo taken above on Wednesday (by Joseph Garnett Jr. of the St. Petersburg Times) is of a West Tampa job fair organized for minorities. Read more here and see the video. But also check out the scenes of other recent job fairs around Tampa Bay during this wrenching recession. Sometimes the photo says it all...
Above: In January, an overflow crowd of thousands of job seekers streamed through the aisles of the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. Read more here. (Photo: Cherie Diez, St. Petersburg Times.)
Above: St. Petersburg's Coliseum holds a job fair in 2009 as a long line forms to await the opening of the doors. Read more here. (Photo: Dirk Shadd, St. Petersburg Times)
Above: An April 2009 Clearwater job fair. Here's Wes Padoll of New Port Richey talking to SCC Soft Computer human resource recruiter Ashley Kowal at a job fair sponsored by WorkNet Pinellas. Read more here. (Photo: Martha Rial, St. Petersburg Times).
Above: Yep, even in 2008, we had job fairs, like this one in Tampa Palms at a Holiday Inn Express. Amy Louderback, bottom left, assistant manager of Barnes & Noble, talked with JoAnn Tebo, one of more than 2,000 seekers of mall jobs. Read more here. (Photo: Keri Wiginton, St. Petersburg Times).
It will be a pleasure one of these years to see these gatherings dwindle in number with a more robust economy. Until then, good luck and keep pushing.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times