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March 1, 2006

Career Connection Center Offers Valuable Services to
Businesses and Job Seekers

Oswego County’s mission statement begins:

“Oswego County government is committed to visionary leadership that will enhance the quality of life for its people and businesses.” The mission statement goes on to state that county government “shall promote an environment conducive to economic development.”

One of the ways that we do this is by working with local employers and agencies to develop a workforce that meets the needs of businesses and leverages state and federal funding streams to improve our workforce skills. Through the Career Connection Center, county government also provides direct services to help job seekers, laid-off workers, and people entering the job market upgrade their skills and make themselves marketable to employers.

The Career Connection Center at the county Branch Office Building on state Route 481, Fulton, offers a wide range of services to businesses and job seekers. The Career Connection staff work with partner agencies to provide access to information and services to address job seeker and employer needs. The county Division of Employment and Training, the New York State Department of Labor, the state Education Department’s VESID, and Experience Works staff are on site at the Center. Other partners include Oswego County BOCES, Oswego Industries, Cayuga Community College, and Oswego County Opportunities.

Business managers, personnel directors, and job seekers can learn all about the resource center at an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16.

For the business manager, the center provides job posting services; space for employers to conduct on-site interviews; screening, testing and referral services; and information on a variety of topics, from apprenticeship training programs to tax incentives. Job postings receive local, statewide and national exposure. The staff can provide customized assistance for recruiting and interviewing prospective candidates, specialized testing, and customized training to upgrade the skills of the current workforce.

One of the most important things that the center does is help people who are looking for work, including those that have been laid off or unemployed for a long period of time. Losing one’s job can be a devastating experience, not just for the individual but for the whole family. The trained staff can answer questions and help develop an employment plan.

Even if you’ve never turned on a computer, you can attend a workshop to help you learn the difference between hardware and software and learn to type. Other workshops help people assess their strengths and career interests, set goals, practice interviews, develop a resume and write cover letters. Phones, faxes and computer assistance are all available for the business and customer use.

The center and its computer lab, with laser printers and Internet access, is open Monday through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and until 7 Thursday evenings. Job seekers can use the phone bank to make important “cold call” contacts, fax resumes and applications to employers, and read through local newspaper listings and industrial directories. There’s even a large library of “how-to” books and computer tutorials.

Any Oswego County resident can use the services of the Career Connection Center. I encourage you to stop by the March 16 open house, or visit www.yourcareerconnection.org to learn more about these helpful programs for businesses and job seekers alike.

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