A job fair for the city's 256,000 unemployed will present career opportunities and a dose of reality for jobseekers with unrealistic expectations. Some 1,500 jobs will be offered next week at the fair - organised by the Hong Kong College of Technology and billed as the biggest private job-placement initiative in Hong Kong. Vacancies will be listed in sectors including tourism, retail, catering, property and the beauty industry. Free counselling aims to correct misconceptions about the requirements for a range of jobs. More than half the jobs to be made available at the fair on Tuesday - at the Plaza Hollywood shopping centre in Diamond Hill - will command a salary of $4,000 to $7,000 a month. Most vacancies will require no more than secondary school education. Overall salaries will range up to $18,000. 'Employers are not necessarily looking for the youngest and most highly educated people. Most of them would rather have sincere and stable staff with a good attitude,' said Wong Wai-han, vice-president of the college. Ms Wong said the free counselling would help equip jobseekers with a more realistic approach in their job search. 'Lots of jobseekers have no idea what to expect from their jobs and therefore get disappointed easily. They don't know that security guards have to work 12 hours a day, and they don't believe office assistants have to help with word processing,' she said. At the fair, jobseekers will be asked to state their expectations. Any misconceptions will be addressed by social workers during a 30-minute seminar. People can also sign up for a private session. Seminars will be hosted by experts from the featured industries. Jobseekers can take advantage of direct interviews with employers. Cecilia Chan Lai-wan, head of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong, said many older jobseekers were too proud to take a low-paid job, and younger people often shied away from hard work. This demonstrated a need for counselling, she said. Tuesday's job fair will be open from 10.30am to 5pm.