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February 19, 2009

From the Publisher's Desk: Jobs are available even now

Last Thursday, like many others, I attended the 2009 CDO Workforce Job Fair and Career Expo at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta.



I was blown away at the attendance as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. About 50 businesses were on hand to feature various employment opportunities within their organizations.



More than 600 job seekers made the rounds to the display tables, hopeful that filling out an application or dropping off a resume would prove fruitful in the near future. The Daily Star was one of many sponsors of the event, and several things caught my attention.



First, the sheer volume of folks who attended was astounding and certainly a product of our hard economic times.



The recent unemployment statistics were telling this year. Some attendees were jobless, displaced by company cutbacks or layoffs, while others had jobs and were looking to find a better fit or an upgrade.



Our comptroller was on hand the entire day and placed a call to us an hour after the event began. To our surprise, it was to get more applications. We started the day with 100, and by 11 a.m., we were already out. The talent, experience, variety and ambition of the attendees highlighted that quality candidates are ready, willing and able to meet the needs of area employers.



As I toured the tables, I was amazed at just how many companies had jobs to fill. The misconception that there are no jobs in the area went out the window.



Think back to the last event you attended at the Holiday Inn. Most recently, at the wedding I attended, the celebration filled the large banquet room to capacity.



Well, if you double that, you will get an indication of just how large this annual event really was, as vendor tables were spread among two rooms.

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