The City of Chicago threw its first Job Fair at Kennedy King College in the working class neighborhood of Englewood today.
Recruiters from the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority, and City Colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Housing, and Chicago Public Schools were available.
Job seekers, many who arrived in the wee hours of the morning, were excited and didn’t mind waiting in line for hours.
“We have IT positions, we have clerical positions, we’re hiring motor truck drivers for the winter season to clear the snow,” Jessica Sampson, deputy chief operating of the mayor’s office, told reporters.
And that’s great.
What’s not so great, according to many job seekers, was that there were no job availabilities or hiring going on at the Job Fair. In essence, the people waited in line to be told to log online if they wanted a job.
That’s right, the City of Chicago would only accept job applications that were filled out online. So, the City invited people to leave their homes, trek across town and wait in line for hours in order to fill out job applications on the city’s computers that had been set up at the college. No, those were not special computers.
“The internet? We’re all on the internet,” huffed one job seeker who questioned the City’s logic.
“Man this fake,” said another job seeker who identified himself as ‘Mr. Pissed.’ “Where the jobs at?”
If you are interested in applying for a job with the City of Chicago, you can apply right now from the very computer you’re reading from at www.cityofchicago.org.