Hundreds of job seekers waited for the Fall Job Fair doors to open Friday at the Bricktown Coca Cola Event Center in Oklahoma City.
And once the doors were open, a steady stream filled the five-hour job fair.
The job fair drew about 90 vendors, most of them companies looking for workers, from unskilled through well-trained, blue-collar and white-collar, with education requirements ranging from none to advanced college degrees. Other vendors offered services for job-seekers, including the state Office of Personnel Management, the state Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, and private job-placement companies. Public and private colleges and trade schools also saw brisk business.
Some of the job seekers had been looking for work for more than a year, and not only the market, but also the hiring process, had changed since many of them had last looked for work. One of the changes reflecting a sign of the times is the number of employers that now accept applications only on-line.