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March 17, 2006

Area Employers will Answer Questions from Job Seekers at Career Connection Forum

FULTON – What do employers look for when they’re hiring new staff? What’s the best way to apply for a job at a local company? Why are employees “let go?”

Job seekers are invited to hear area business owners and human resource directors answer these and other questions at the Oswego County Career Connection Center’s panel discussion, “Employers and You: A Feedback Forum.” The program will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, on the second floor of the Oswego County Branch Office Building, state Route 481, Fulton.

Several local employers will share information and explain the hiring process at their place of employment. They include Rita Tickle, human resource director at A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital; Earnie (c.q.) Pietrykowski, human resource manager at Birds Eye Food; Sue Collins, human resource director at Constellation Energy; Barbara Lighthall, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, Mexico; and Mary Dorsey, personnel associate at SUNY Oswego.

Representatives will talk about their business, its purpose, and range of jobs; how candidates apply for employment; qualities the employer looks for in a new hire; and why employees are “let go.” Job seekers will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel members.

“The Career Connection Center is a one-stop system for both employers and job seekers,” explained Judy McManus, senior employment specialist for the Oswego County Division of Employment and Training. “Career counseling is available for those who are looking for jobs or thinking about a change in careers. Job seekers can use the computers to search for a job or to develop a resume. Phones, faxes, and copiers are also available for job search activities. People can also get help writing their resumes, learn about on-the-job training opportunities, and find out if they are eligible for training scholarships.”

The Career Connection Center offers services from the county Division of Employment and Training and through NYS Department of Labor. The center also partners with Oswego County Opportunities, Oswego Industries, Cayuga Community College, Oswego County BOCES, the Department of Social Services, Experience Works, and Vocational Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) to assist job seekers.

“Employers and You: A Feedback Forum” is open to the public, but space is limited. Priority will be given to those who pre-register. For more information or to pre- register, call the Career Connection Center weekdays at 591-9000.

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