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Some call job fair ‘a waste of time’
Hundreds braved the wind and cold today to attend the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s job fair.
Applicants arrived early and waited up to two hours to get inside the Virginia Employment Commission’s Reemploy Virginia office in Spotsylvania County, pictured, where the event was held. The line of hopefuls wrapped around the office building all morning.
Some prospects said they were disappointed in the way the event was organized.
“I think it was a waste of time,” said Bradley Heater of Fredericksburg, after waiting in line more than an hour. Heater has worked as a cook at McDonald’s and AMF Fredericksburg Lanes on State Route 3. He is hoping to become a cook at the hospital.
“It’s bad setup,” added Gary Tyson of Fredericksburg. Tyson is retired from Giant Food and has been operating his own drywall business. He was applying for a maintenance job.
Applicants said they waited in line to get inside the building, then were asked to register with the Virginia Employment Commission. They said they dropped off their resumes and were told to go home and fill out an online application at the hospital’s Web site.
“This is not a job fair,” said Kristine Sease of Stafford. “This is a cattle call to make sure you’re registered with job seeking services with the VEC. I’m really frustrated.”
Others found the experience worthwhile. Evelyn Stockwell said she applied for a clerical job. “They were very, very nice,” she said. “The hardest part was standing out in the cold.”
The hospital will open in May and has started talking to prospects about both clinical and nonclinical work. It expects to hire about 400 people. Officials of the hospital and the employment commission could not be reached for comment this afternoon.