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Attention Scott Lee Cohen: Job Fairs Do Not Create Jobs

Illinois Review 29 October 2010 2 Comments

Independent Scott Lee Cohen is holding job fairs.  He’s “the only candidate for governor holding job fairs in Illinois,” as we are reminded hourly.  This is in some ways the scariest of all, because it plays to such economic ignorance.

This is not to say anything against job fairs, by the way.  They’re fine.  A job fair makes a little money for the hotel that hosts it, for the caterer who provides the doughnuts and cookies, and sometimes for the promoter as well.  All good, all fine.  And sometimes people who attend get hired.  Nothing wrong with it.

But a job fair doesn’t create anything new except the fair itself.  If an attendee shows up and gets hired, good for him.  That’s grand.  But the job already existed; the company had already decided to hire someone.  Absent the job fair, the cable provider or insurance company would have hired someone else who walked in the door, mailed in a resume, or was referred by a recruiter… maybe even the very same person it found through the fair!

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image Baxter Swilley, Cheech Marin, Scott Lee Cohen, Tommy Chong


  • Bessie said:


    Attention Alexi Giannoulias!!! Paying for the “odd man out candidate” won’t work IF YOU GET CAUGHT!!! This story came out in the debates and the press totally over-looked it, NOW the SunTimes prints it on ‘slow reader Saturday’, the day before Holloween and the Saturday before the elections….How could anyone vote for this guy???

  • Bessie said:

    Sorry, I meant to say paying for the odd man outs advertising…it’s early I haven’t finished my coffee…

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