Big Blue beckons and thousands answer the call

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

The frantic pace of IT staffing was on full display last month when IBM announced it was holding an open job fair to try to fill 500 jobs right away.

The allure of working for an industry stalwart, and a starting salary of at least $75,000, brought IT pros out in the thousands to the firm’s Markham, Ont. headquarters, north of Toronto.

The company expected 2,000 to 3,000 people to show up, but 5,000 hopefuls made the trip, many of whom brought resumes for friends. Upwards of 7,000 resumes were handed into the HR department for Big Blues perusal, and the complimentary food ran out much earlier than expected.