I’ve now been looking for a job for the last year, entirely unsuccessfully. There was admittedly one offer, but the terms of employment were flat-out abusive (<$10/hr for a mandatory 2K mile move just isn't going to cut it).
One thing I've learned is that job fairs are a waste of time and paper. I've gotten more interviews off of Craigslist and Monster than I've gotten from job fairs. In fact, if they're not doing direct hires at the job fair (and they never are), it's not even worth going: you can be more productive by actually pounding the pavement.
Seriously, of every resume I've given at a job fair in the last year (over 100), not a single company has even contacted me again. I don’t even get an auto-generated scrub letter indicating (to me as a prospective employee) that they were never actually hiring in the first place. If I e-mail them, I will not get a response.
Of course, Craigslist isn’t much better: I may actually get phone interviews, but in the five months I’ve been looking at Craigslist, I’ve only gotten 2 interviews in person. Again, most companies will send me no more than an auto-generated email saying that they’re only looking at the “best qualified candidates”, which tells me that they did not read my cover letter and resume.
At this time, I do not ever expect to get a job. I fully expect to get swine flu and die within the next three months (because if you don’t have a job, you don’t get to see a doctor or receive medicine in the United States, and both my mother and sister are in high risk groups) or commit suicide within the next 6 from the mounting despair. I am tired of being kicked in the balls by every single person in the United States, and I just cannot take it much longer.
The fact that I hate myself (and have for as long as I can remember) doesn’t really help matters much, though.