Job seekers promote themselves to potential employers at the annual summer job fair in D.C.
The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.
With spruced up resumes in hand, District residents navigated the cavernous convention center floor today at D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton's annual job fair.
Nearly 100 private and public companies with job openings set up booths, and some appeared to be more popular than others. The line for a company that installs and replaces tracks for metro snaked down the hall. The company apparently has 100 job openings.
Job seekers like Andre Bushrod waited awhile to speak to a representative.
"Right there might be the best chance for anybody that's out of work, down on their luck, to get a job," Bushrod says.
Bushrod has a law enforcement background, and he's been out of work for a year.
"With the economy being so tough, and stressful the way it is, you'll take any job right now," he says.
With today's tough economic climate, job seekers need every advantage. That's why the job fair included what Norton called "extras" workshops on cover letter writing, resume building, tips for job interviews, and advice on what to wear for that first one-on-one.