UTICA, N.Y. – Local employers and job seekers have an opportunity to connect at the OneidaWorks! job fair, which was held at the Adirondack Bank Center on Monday.
Close to 600 people looking for jobs walked through the doors of the Adirondack Bank Center.
There are more than 1,000 positions waiting to be filled by 50 employers, who will be on-site through 6 p.m.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says this event is not only for people looking for work, but those wishing to change career paths or find more suitable jobs for their skillset. He says people who live in the surrounding area should also see what Oneida County employers have to offer.
“I believe, clearly, there are people that are looking for work, that are even ‘under-employed,’ if you use that term, that wants to better themselves, move up, look at other opportunities; but remember it's not all about people who live in Oneida County. We are a region that really supports across county lines,” said Picente.
Some of the employers said that it's sometimes difficult to fill positions for certain areas of their company. Representatives from Indium said that filling the entry-level positions, isn't the problem, its the skilled engineering positions that they said they're having trouble filling.
A lot of our entry-level positions are turning over and we are doing some good stuff with that. And we are looking for second and third shifts right now. So now as our business grows we need more expertise in our engineering field. So that's where we are focusing right now," said Carolyn Cardone.
Cardone said that she believes that part of the problem is that the company Isn't as well known in the area.
"I don't think people understand all of the things that Indium does. So right now we are trying to get our name out there more to be known as Utica's technology company. So as we grow more and do more events like these, we can get out there what we are looking for," said Cardone.
Services were also available at the event, including job coaching and resume building.
Those looking for professional clothing could also find gently used items at the ‘Career Closet,’ offering free attire donated by local businesses and residents.