So, because I’m job hunting, I made plans to visit the LEDA job fair hosted by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority at the Cajundome Convention Center. I’ve had my dealings with LEDA before and I had a feeling that a lot of the leads that I would get at this job fair would be a scam, but I decided to have faith and go anyway.
A few of the jobs that were there were repeat offenders. A few people that I knew applied to these companies for the exact same positions less than a month ago and received denial letters stating that they picked someone with more experience, but then viola, they appeared at the LEDA job fair supposedly looking to fill the exact same position.
So, I get to the job fair promptly and start my walk around the convention center. When walking around, I see people who are dressed for a Saturday afternoon in the park, complete with their children in tow and basketball shorts and flip flops. Now I am not trying to be judgmental, but if you are trying to make a future for yourself and find a job, you may want to dress it up a little bit and find a baby sitter for a few hours. I don’t know how I cannot be treated seriously for any jobs around here, but people who do not take job hunting seriously always get job offers.
So I start walking around the convention center ear hustling the conversations around me. What surprised me was a lot of employers were telling people there that they didn’t currently have positions open. …what was the point of being there if you have no jobs? A lot of the jobs were part time and my companion, who hit a lot more tables than I did, complained about 4 or 5 companies trying to offer him $7 to $10 dollars an hour for skilled work.
My companion felt as if people were getting the hook up at the job fair as well. A lot of job seekers bee lined to one particular company, told the HR person that they knew so and so and right after that, were in the little interview rooms that were set up at the fair.
I often wonder if a few of these companies were there just to be in good standing with LEDA. The positions that they are say are open are never available. Because of that, I feel like that was a waist of time. The best part of being out there, for me, personally, was the fact that I was able to get my resume looked at and critiqued for free.
I’ve compiled a list of Scam and Legit Companies that were at the job fair to help you out.
- Bell Helicopter: They were talking to males more than anyone else and seemed interested to help them more than other people. The recruiter talked to one male for over five minutes telling him to apply for a specific job online and took his resume. For the same job, me, a female, there were no positions available and to check again in the summer.
- Cintas: They always have positions open but are never hiring. They have yet to call me back in the 5 years that I’ve applied to them, and other job seekers that I speak with have the same experience with them.
- Daily Advertiser: (same as Cintas).
- KADN, KATC, & KLFY: (same as Cintas)
- Lafayette Parish Communications Office (911): they have an archaic way of job testing that takes over a month to process. In the end, they tell you that they’ve picked someone with more experience but post the same job opening two days later.
- LUS Fiber: Low wages and part time jobs for the amount that they charge people for Video, Internet and Phone service.
- Morgan Stanley: (same as Lafayette Parish Communications Office 911)
- Southwestern Louisiana Community College: They wouldn’t have made the list until the HR guy was rude to me and assumed I didn’t qualify for any jobs with them…when I did.
- Honorable mention (they weren’t at the job fair, but had to be mentioned: LHC Group.
Companies Who were Genuine and Honest:
Lafayette Consolidated Government: www.lafayettela.gov
There were many of other companies who could have fit into any of the other two categories, but I was not able to gauge them correctly. All of the opinions that I’ve shared with you today were not only from myself, they were of my companions who attended with me as well. I am not here to talk bad about any companies, but I am only here to share my experience. If you’ve had an experience with these companies opposite of what I’ve had, then let me know. I want to be able to know that I am wrong in a lot of instances but for now, this all I have to go by. I’m writing this blog to not only vent my frustration, but to also help someone who is in the same predicament as me. Look, I am not the only one in Lafayette having these problems. I am one of the thousands. I just want to be a voice for people who do not have a voice and I want to expose all of the injustices that are looming around when we are trying to improve ourselves with employment.
Some people say…oh it’s easy to get a job. Maybe it’s easy for them. But for the thousands of us who live in Lafayette, LA…finding a job is like having a full time job and sometimes it takes you years to succeed.
All and all, I had a decent experience at the job fair but I am back to the drawing board. I’ll be hitting up Indeed in a few minutes.
Share with me and other readers some of your LEDA job fair experiences in the comments section below. Also, if you had a different experience with these companies, let me know as well.