About 7,000 people crowded into the club level of Oriole Park at Camden Yards yesterday for the Baltimore Sun Career Fair, an event that brought 71 employers and an array of job-hunting services from the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation into one place.
The event, a joint venture between the newspaper and the state, started last year and is now held twice a year, said Karen Stabley, director of new business development for The Sun. The fair is designed as a public service, to give advertisers new ways to reach job seekers and as a way to capture revenue for The Sun.
Labor Department spokesman Marco K. Merrick said the organizers had to turn away employers who wanted to set up a booth at the fair, for which they paid $1,200 or more. The department is already getting space requests for the next fair in September, he said.
"You've got people looking for real hands-on jobs like Mr. Tire and you've got T. Rowe Price and Blue Cross," Mr. Merrick said. "Many people who come to Career Fair aren't unemployed. They're looking to seize an opportunity they might not otherwise know about."
Employers said they came to the fair because they've had good results with similar events, and job seekers said they were attracted by the number of employers available.
"We attended last year and hired, I heard the number was 56 people off this job fair," said Beth Norton, a senior employment coordinator for T. Rowe Price. "So it definitely paid for itself."
John and Ella Pope of Baltimore were among the crowds of job seekers who turned out yesterday. Mrs. Pope, who works for the federal government, said she has to be prepared for anything at a time when the federal government is downsizing.
"You've got to constantly [build] your job market awareness," Mrs. Pope said. "You've got to read the paper, listen to TV and the radio. You've also got to network with all the people. That's how you find out things."
Pub Date: 3/20/96