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The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in years, so do the numbers relate to job seekers getting hired?

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 6:26 PM

Employees at Staffworks have their hands full trying to match job applicants with employers. Todd Consilio is the Vice President of Operations and tells us about the local job market and the national demand.

"The job situation is very good if you’re looking for work. Recent Department of Labor statistics say for the 1st time in 20 years there’s more jobs than there are people looking to fill those jobs, and that would carry through to this area as well."

Finding the right people for the job isn’t always an easy task, even with the market as open as it is. John Romano is the CEO of The Fountainhead Group, a company specializing in lawn and garden equipment. He tells us he has a fairly steady demand for workers, and the problems associated with finding new employees.

"It stresses the people that are here as we’re trying to fill roles, and it does take us typically months and months to find the right people, and we don’t limit our search just to this market."

The Fountainhead Group utilizes a nation-wide search for recruitment, but Todd Consilio explains why getting employees to take a job in our area takes a little salesmanship.

"If they look into it, they’re going to see a very nice cost of living. There’s some really nice homes in this area. There’s some great companies in this area. You got to like the winter, but if you can overlook that, you’re going to find that we have a really good education system. There’s a lot of good things about this area, but it’s not well known."

Before heading out for that job interview, John Romano gives a little advice that will help you land that perfect job.

"I think we’re very impressed with people who’ve done their homework, who come prepared to discuss what they know about the company, and how their skills match the job that their advertising for."

While there may be more job opportunities than there are people to fill them, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get the job. Come to your interview with a resume’ and references in hand, dress like you want the job, and if you’re going to live in the Mohawk Valley, be prepared for cold winters no matter what hat you decide to wear.

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