Andres: 'Local residents deserve chance to participate in national economic recovery'
Niagara County's annual fall career fair - a county-run symposium that pairs local job-seekers with local employers looking for quality workers - will be held Wednesday, Director of Employment and Training Donald Jablonski said.
Jablonski said he hopes to build on past success. Last year's job fair saw 29 attendees hired into positions with area companies. He noted 421 individuals attended that fair and 97 were interviewed for positions.
Wednesday's career fair will have 63 businesses on-hand offering positions in diverse industries.
"We want to put potential employers and potential employees in the same room and give them the opportunity to interact in ways the traditional job application process just doesn't," Jablonski said. "Whether a jobseeker is re-entering the labor force, just joining it, or looking to make a career change, this provides them opportunities to get past the gatekeepers and right to key decision makers."
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres, R-North Tonawanda, who chairs the Legislature's community services committee, noted improvement in the national economy make this a good time for jobseekers to consider their career options.
"The U.S. Department of Labor has shown a national economy with a solid pattern of growth this past year in their monthly employment numbers," Andres said. "Niagara County's government is hoping that local residents can benefit from economic growth - and we want to help local employers find people with the potential to improve their operations."