April 16, 2014
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Job Fairs

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that two job fairs this month in Albany and Syracuse will connect job seekers to more than 225 businesses offering approximately 2,400 available jobs. Businesses from science, engineering, energy, design, farming, retail and other industries will be in attendance and ready to hire candidates.


State-sponsored jobs fairs bring together qualified jobseekers and ready-to-hire businesses in local communities across the state, Governor Cuomo said. I encourage those seeking employment to attend a job fair, meet with businesses and learn more about available positions in their area.


The first Dr. King Career Fair will take place in Albany on Thursday, April 17, and features 120 on-site businesses offering 2,000 available jobs in the region. The event, which is expected to draw 1,500 jobseekers, will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The next fair will be held in Syracuse on April 22 at Cayuga Community College Campus, Spartan Hall, from 1 to 4 p.m, offering approximately 400 available jobs in the region.


Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with businesses about potential job opportunities and take advantage of employment workshops offered by the State Department of Labor (DOL), including the Social Media Essentials for Every Job Seeker workshop, which will explore how businesses are using social media to recruit talent and how jobseekers can leverage social media to land their next job, and the Advance Your Job Search with JobZone workshop, which will review an interactive online resource for career planning, organizing a job search, developing customized resumes and exploring careers.


Additionally, DOL staff will be available to help any jobseekers with resume reviews and on-site interviews.


State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, Every year, we hear from Dr. King Career Fair participants about how helpful this event can be. Department of Labor staff members are on hand to help answer your questions, review your resume and point you to businesses on site that have available jobs in your field.


President and CEO of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) Dr. Alain Kaloyeros said, Under Governor Andrew Cuomos leadership, we are proud to once again collaborate with the New York State Department of Labor in honoring the vision of Dr. King through participating in this career fair. With the governors guidance, CNSE is developing new jobs in every corner of the state and the Dr. King Career Fair provides us a unique opportunity to tap into a most valuable resource: the people of this great state. We encourage women, veterans, and minority candidates to explore their potential role in supporting New York's high tech corridor.


Vice President of Diversity/Inclusion for Price Chopper Wes Holloway said, Over the years, participation in the MLK Career Fair has provided Price Chopper access to many qualified candidates which has improved our diversity representation allowing the workforce to better reflect the communities Price Chopper serves."


The fairs are sponsored by the Department of Labor and the State Office of General Services. Additional support for the Albany event is provided by the City of Albany, the Times Union, WRGB CBS-6, Albany Broadcasting and the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA). The Syracuse event is co-sponsored by Cayuga Works and Cayuga Community College. Additional information about these events, as well as an online registration form, is available on Department of Labors website at: http://labor.ny.gov/businessservices/dr-king-career-fair.shtm.


All businesses participating in the career fairs list their job openings on the Jobs Express website, located at www.jobs.ny.gov. Job seekers can post their resumes and search through more than 7,500 jobs available in the Capital Region. Employers can use the website to search through submitted resumes and find highly qualified candidates in their own backyard. They can also post unlimited job openings at no cost.


For more information, please call the Department of Labor at 1-888-4-NYSDOL or visit www.labor.ny.gov