Job fair success points to improving economy

September 21, 2013 by  

A recent job fair in Schenectady attracted about 700 people and, with a number of local positions on offer, there were clear signs that the local jobs market is looking better than in recent years.

First started as the Saratoga Job Fair, the event at Proctors in September is now held semiannually, with over 30 local employers showing at the event.

There were all manner of jobs on offer at the event, which was advertised online and through professional printing services for posters, flyers, and banners.

These were for all levels too, from entry level positions for those just starting their career, to high profile jobs. All manner of businesses attended the event as well, from the U.S. Postal Service, to local drugstores and retailers.

A big showing was also put on by the nonprofit organizations and the healthcare sector.

The events are certainly successful in healthcare, according to Lorraine Hobart from Schenectady’s Kingsway Community senior living residence anyway.

Speaking at the latest event, the director for human resources, who had arouund 15 positions on offer, said:

“We hired about three CNAs [Certified Nursing Assistants] from the last job fair.

“Most of the time, we make sure to attend job fairs specifically within the county because we want to be able to recruit people who are from this area.”

More and more jobs are being created in public health care too, and this is set to peak even further with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

One local company, Ellis Medicine, was looking to fill over 100 jobs, for example.