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Unemployed South Bay professionals host job fair in Carson

Blue curtains and interviewing tables are dotted around the South Bay Pavilion's corridors instead of the usual mobile cart vendors. The networking group for unemployed professionals, the South Bay Professional Association, hosted a half-day job forum on Wednesday and nearly 30 recruiters showed up.
Blue curtains and interviewing tables are dotted around the South Bay Pavilion's corridors instead of the usual mobile cart vendors. The networking group for unemployed professionals, the South Bay Professional Association, hosted a half-day job forum on Wednesday and nearly 30 recruiters showed up.
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In a creative move to attract job recruiters, some unemployed South Bay professionals collaborated with the City of Carson to host a job fair Wednesday.

Organizers presented the half-day event at the South Bay Pavilion mall in Carson. Instead of mobile vending carts, spaces with blue curtains and interviewing tables dotted the corridors.

“I live in the South Bay. So, you have an office here in the South Bay, do you not?” Sixty-one-year-old stockbroker Roger Casas stopped by the investment firm Edward Jones’ booth. The recruiter was about half his age.

“I’ve got a lot of sales experience and background," said Casas. "So, I’d like to check it out.”

Casas is also a member of the South Bay Professional Association. It’s a networking group for unemployed professionals who live in the area. Most members have 20 years or more experience.

The group’s president, Steven Haruta, helped organize the event. “It just energized the whole group," said Haruta.

Haruta says it offered accountants, marketing professionals, human relations experts an opportunity to use their corporate skills and get back some of their self-confidence. The job fair also included several workshops. The City of Carson and about two dozen area businesses helped the association pay for the event.