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Job aspirants flock to `Career Expo'

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: More than 1,000 qualified job aspirants from a variety of streams turned up on the first day of "Career Expo 2005" at Nanjaraj Bahadur Choultry here on Saturday. The two-day job fair organised by Rotary Mysore South East saw representatives from 23 companies interview prospective employees and shortlisting suitable ones.

"At least 300 of the job aspirants received positive replies from the employers on the first day. A few companies have invited the shortlisted candidates for a second round of interview in Bangalore before offering them jobs," the chairman of Career Expo, G.V. Pinto, told The Hindu . Though Mr. Pinto was not sure about the exact number of people who had been hired by evening, the organisers said it should not be surprising if at least 50 people return home with job offers.

The recruiting companies participating in the job fair are pleased with the availability of a "pool of talent" in Mysore, Mr. Pinto said.

Though job aspirants came from places as far as Kollegal, Chamarajanagar, K.R. Nagar and Hunsur, a majority of the jobseekers hailed from Mysore, he added.

Though the job-seeking crowd was predominantly youth, quite a few retired people also made use of the opportunity to explore job opportunities for the posts of accountants and financial consultants in companies, Mr. Pinto said. Earlier, the Vice-President of Larsen and Toubro Ltd., P.K. Talpade, inaugurated the two-day event.

Career Expo will remain open for the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, which is the last day of the event. Entry to Career Expo has been restricted to genuine job seekers willing to purchase tickets priced at Rs. 25 each.

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