PLATTSBURGHJobs plus potential employees was a win-win equation as the PlattsburghNorth Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its semiannual job fair at the Comfort Inn's Grand Ballroom Sept. 26.
Thirty-four businesses, civil organizations and services took time to meet with hundreds of potential employees, accepting resumes and applications to find the creme de la creme of visiting job-seekers.
Sue Matton, chamber vice president of economic development, said the event continually brings together employers and employees as a way to enhance businesses and potentially give those wanting a new career, an amiable one.
"We do this to give people looking for a job the opportunity to meet with several employers in one place and businesses who are looking for workers the opportunity to interview many potential employees," said Ms. Matton. "Whatever kind of job you may be looking for, there's probably someone here from that field."
An array of job fields has been featured twice per year at the job fair since 1997, said Ms. Matton, from manufacturing to services to media and health care, among others.
Charter Communications was one of the more than 30 businesses featured at the expo, though their focus was primarily on networking rather than hiring.
"Right now we're not hiring, we're fully staffed," remarked Charter office operations supervisor Dianne Burkhart. "But, it's good to get the information out there that we can do our hiring on-line and all our job information is posted on-line. One of the girls that's with us now, was hired five years ago through the job fair. And even though we're not hiring right now, it's good to know people are interested, not only in the employment aspect, but just to get your name out there."
A new local franchise of House Doctors Handyman Service, run by Rebecca and Timothy Leonard, Plattsburgh, was one such business trying to get its name out there, with the Leonards both realizing the importance of marketing.
"We've been taking applications but a lot of people are taking our cards just because they want a handyman," remarked Mrs. Leonard. "The guy who is used to doing it all himself but is now retired and maybe shouldn't get on that step ladder anymore, that's exactly who we want to help. There is a need in this area for handyman services."
Mu-Chian Chang, a former employee of Bombardier Transportation Inc., Plattsburgh, may not have been in need of handyman services, but he was in need of a job. The Elizabethtown resident was one of several employees affected by the last round of lay-offs from the transportation manufacturer earlier this year leaving him to re-enter the job market.
"I've been looking for about three months," said Mr. Chang. "Every opportunity to go to a job fair is good, just to see what is out there in the marketplace."
Mr. Chang, who has had experience working in management, including purchasing, planning and logistics, was impressed by the businesses the job fair had to offer.
"There's quite a few places to choose from; each one offers something for someone," said Mr. Chang.
"The chamber's job is to bring people together," said Ms. Matton, "and this is one of the ways we can do that."
For those who missed the chamber of commerce job fair, many of the job's featured at last week's event are accessible on-line through www.oppshop.org. For more information, contact the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000.
In addition to the chamber of commerce, the job fair was sponsored by Job Service Employee Committee, OneWorkSource, Hall Communications and Hometown Radio.