University Hall at the Stafford, VA campus of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) was bustling with people yesterday, anxious to get in to the Mark Warner federal job fair. The fair which had a reported 5,000 people pre-registered, drew over 7,000 people once walk-ins were added, sending the line to get into the fair all the way around the building. The fair began at 9a.m, but by noon there were already 4,000 people onsite trying to gain access to the building and the 12 plus federal agencies that were at UMW scouting out talent, and folks began to be turned away, even if they were pre-registered. For the people not let in after capacity was met, they were allowed toe lave their resumes with a job fair concierge at the door. The Stafford County Sherriff's Department was called in to help with crowd control and traffic.
High Turnout At Job Fair Forces Some To Be Turned Away
The high turnout had to do with two factors: one, there are still many people who are unemployed who attend job fairs to make contacts, pass out their resumes and hopefully, get a job. Others realize that securing a job from a fair may not always happen, but they still view these fairs as good experience and a great way to stay sharp during job prospecting. Secondly, this was a major job fair, sponsored by U.S. Senator Mark Warner. It was highly publicized ahead of time and the group of employers at this particular fair were all members from a specific industry niche-the government.
In addition to this job fair, the UMW Career Service Department website lists a second local job fair going on later today. The 19th Annual National Capital Region (NCR) job fair wil take place later today across from the West Falls Church metro at the Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Road Falls Church, VA). The event is scheduled for 2 p.m and will run until 6 p.m this evening, and is set to draw employers from all different industries, representing over 65 different companies. Organized through the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, more detailed information can be found here: http://www.dchokies.org/event/jobfair.
More Fairs In The Works
Senator Warner said that he was so impressed by Monday's turnout that he is already making plans to sponsor another job fair in the next few weeks somewhere in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, so stayed tuned for more information about future job fairs in our area.