In Sunday's editions, The Post incorrectly stated that Anna S. Fujimori was among those depicted in a photograph. Fujimori was not shown.
More than 350 jobless or soon-to-be-jobless federal workers descended on the Office of Personnel Management yesterday looking for work, but many were overqualified for the jobs offered by 40 private and public employers.
"For the high-level or middle-management person, this may not be particularly helpful," observed Chitta Nirmel, 43, whose $44,000-a-year program analyst's position at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is being abolished.
That sentiment was echoed by Alex Vaitekunas, whose $57,500-a-year job at NHTSA is also being abolished. The Consumer Products Safety Commission, he said, is looking for an executive director, but was not advertising the job at its table at the job fair yesterday. "The opportunities here are for the lower strata," he said.
The job fair attended by many upper-level unemployed persons brought home the impact of Ronald Reagan's budget cuts on thousands of federal workers, once thought to be insulated from the routine ups and downs of the economy.
The OPM had written 2,500 federal workers whose jobs had been abolished or were "in jeopardy" about the job fair. Altogether, 546 said they were interested, more than those actually attending. Of those responding, nearly two-thirds were administrators and managers. Only 13.8 percent were secretaries and clerks.
The high quality of job-seekers delighted at least some employers who manned tables yesterday. "The quality of the applicants is excellent, excellent," said Ted Bright, a vice president of Atlanta-based A.L. Williams, an insurance marketing firm. Nearby, Robert Seedlock, senior project manager of a firm building a city of 150,000 in Saudi Arabia, had a steady stream of interested and qualified job-seekers. Elsewhere, the story was different.
Bliss Parker, a Prince William County personnel analyst, had some inquiries about the open county attorney and budget officer slots, "but our salaries aren't really commensurate with what these people are making in the federal government."
"There are so many high-grade people out of work, and most of our jobs are clerical," sighed Karen Robinson, of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. "All in all, a depressing day."
"A lot of those jobs I'm not interested in," said a woman who had been riffed from OPM itself, said of the Army jobs, "but if you could just tell me about some of your professional positions . . . ."
To many attending, the workshops proved more helpful. Classes on job-hunting, interviewing and filling out resumes were repeated three times during the day. "The longer you go without a job, the harder it is to get a job," lecturer Vicki Stearn advised one group.
In another room, Stanley Hyman instructed another group on the subtle art of interviewing. "After you get over the willies, it's kinda fun. You're playing with the guy's head like it's a pinball machine. Pretty soon you're orchestrating people, and they're not gonna have the opportunity to ask you a question, and that's the idea. You're interviewing them."
Nirmel, with three engineering degrees, two law degrees and high-level experience in private industry and government, said he got the message. "Just having qualifications and the willingness to work is not enough," he said. "There is a lot of personal marketing to be done."