Job seekers find employment options at fair

More than 3,000 jobs were on offer at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Job Fair held Thursday at E
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More than 3,000 jobs were on offer at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Job Fair held Thursday at Empire State Plaza.

That’s significantly lower than the number that were available in 2004 and 2005, said Matthew Grattan, manager of business services for the state Labor Department’s Workforce New York Program. Back then, he said, almost 5,000 jobs were available. The Labor Department also released figures Thursday showing a rise in the state and national unemployment rates.

Plenty of people were looking for work from the 105 employers represented, most of them private-sector but also including many state agencies. Many of the booths represented human services agencies. A lot of people appeared interested in the Corrections Department. There was a General Electric Co. booth, but the GE representatives declined to talk to a reporter.

William Daley, 39, an unemployed Schenectady man, said he was hoping to be a security officer. He picked up material from the Albany International Airport booth and said he planned to apply there and elsewhere.

Ed Hollenbeck was one of five volunteers from the Capital Region Human Resources Association offering tips on resumes, and several people were waiting their turn for the free advice. Make sure your resume does not have grammar and spelling errors, Hollenbeck advised, by getting someone to proofread it.

The Labor Department also was offering job interview tips on “your 60-second pitch.”

Empire State College had a booth directing people to go online to get information about its job listings, including one for a bookbinder. It also was pushing its courses as a way for people to qualify for new jobs.

Amanda Dworsky, who is in enrollment management for the college, said it offers three ways to study, and has 35 locations around the state, including at the Department of Transportation building in Schenectady. The college’s coordinating center is in Saratoga Springs. Enrollment is growing, Dworsky said.

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