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hopeful that they won't have to
rely on unemployment compen-
sation any more.
During the 1993-94 fiscal year,
Operation Able served 2,150
clients and 1,021 employers.
In the organization's first fis-
cal year of operation, 1989-90, the
numbers were 310 and 483. Op-
eration Able now has 23 full- and
part-time workers on staff. Ms.
Brown said the median age for
Operation Able clients is about
Many of the companies at the
job fair were offering entry-level
positions. Entry-level jobs for ex-
perienced workers, some with 20-
30 years of employment under
"That's the way of the world,"
Ms. Brown said. "Some older
workers think they can walk out
of one job and walk into another
comparable one. It doesn't hap-
pen all the time. Sometimes peo-
ple need to change their
AAA Michigan was at the job
fair looking for telemarketing
support clerks and telephone so-
Kroger offered jobs for
decorators, grocery clerks and
M.C. Sports had openings for
salespersons, cashiers, assistant
managers and store managers.
Radio Shack wanted manager
trainees and salespeople.
TicketMaster needed sales
agents and Real Estate One
wanted sales associates.
Arbor Drugs was there looking
for cashiers, stock clerks, drug
clerks and department coordina-
Spokesman Fred Marx said
Arbor is adding 17-20 stores this
year and more than 20 next
year, and the job fair offered a
pool of prospective workers who
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were offering entry-
sitions. The Connecticut native
owns a master's degree in health-
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While Mr. Sable didn't get any
leads from the job fair, "I thought
it was a great idea," he said.
"You tend to get self-conscious
when you look for a job at an old-
er age, so it was uplifting to see
all the people there. Everyone
was dressed so nicely and people
were very serious about what
they were doing.
"In the good old days, you could
retire and that was it. Now you
can start falling behind in your
finances, so you need to get a job
to take the pressure off. The ben-
efits also are important."
Mr. Sable said he thinks it's ac-
tually easier searching for a job
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might prefer the flexible hours
available at a drugstore.
Arbor currently has 160 stores,
all in Michigan, with approxi-
mately 30 part-time and full-time
employees in each store.
Ernest Sable, who says he's
"over 70," attended the job fair be-
cause he's looking for work in the
Detroit area. Mr. Sable lives in
Los Angeles, but he has a daugh-
ter, son-in-law and three grand-
children who live in West
Bloomfield, and he's considering
A retired hospital administra-
tor, Mr. Sable is in electronic com-
munication and health-care sales
in Los Angeles.
He's looking to get into health-
care sales, administration or re-
search in Detroit, though he also
would consider management po-
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