On Tuesday afternoon, Vipin Kumar, 35, held a bag of diapers, toys and a bottle of water in one hand, and a file of resumes, college and school certificates in another. His wife, Poonam, carried their two-year-old daughter, Cherry, as the duo scouted for opportunities at the Job Fair organised by the Delhi Government at Thyagraj Stadium.
“I lost my job 10 months ago, and my wife hasn’t worked in 10 years… when we read about the mega job fair on WhatsApp, we both decided to give it a shot. By coming here, we can apply at various companies in one go, under one roof. Between the both of us, we have given our CVs to six companies and will now wait to hear back from them,” said Kumar, who was looking for a full-time job, while Poonam hoped to land a part-time one.
According to the government, at the two-day fair, inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, “74 companies have participated to fill 11,500 vacancies. About 36,000 vacancies at different levels are lying vacant in various departments of the Delhi government”.
The CM said, “I will urge the L-G to give approval for filling up these posts… the government has planned to arrange for training and placement/employment to 70,000 youth by opening 70 world-class skill centers in Delhi”.
This is the third such fair being organised by the Delhi government, and the second one that 21-year-old Anshika Mishra has participated in. “I applied for jobs last time… nothing happened. I am not very hopeful this time either. After all, thousands of people have come. There are companies with just five vacancies… it’s disheartening”.
At the entrance stood a giant board with names of companies, skill and qualification requirement, number of vacancies, posts available and age limit. From security guards, pantry boys and kitchen helpers to graphic designers, marketing agents and telly callers — the qualification varied from “illiterate” to “MBA”.
On the steps sat 52-year-old Gurpreet Singh with a folder containing three resumes — of his two sons aged 20 and 21, and his own. A resident of Paschim Vihar, he reached the fair at 11 am to look for three jobs.
“I realised there are no jobs for people my age… the limit is 40 years old. Since my sons didn’t come along, I have picked up the list of companies here to convince them to visit the fair tomorrow. I am disappointed, I wish there was something for me here too…I have work experience of 23 years with MNCs,” he said.
The kiosks of 75 companies set up parallel to the running track saw many queue up till 5 pm, hoping to crack the two-minute-long interviews.
At the end of the day, 26-year-old Girija Sharma — an MBA graduate — walked out of the stadium. “I am here because my parents forced me to come… but now I realise I have a chance of getting through some companies.”