Joe Stockdale, administrative services manager with CDO Workforce in Oneonta, said the fair Wednesday presented new openings, seasonal employment and training programs. He fielded questions about CDO Workforce services, particularly about assistance in resume-writing.
A job search may have ups and downs, Stockdale said, and his advice is to “stay positive and persistent.” The local seasonal job market may provide short-term employment to gain experience that may be applied for later opportunities, he said.
The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown opens April 24, said Terri Winter, director of human resources, said.
“We’re looking to increase our business and we’re looking to increase our staff,” Winter said. The Otesaga, which has been undergoing renovations, projects a busy year, she said, and the usual staffing level of about 330 employees at peak may have to increase up to 400 workers.
Winters said meeting candidates in person can make a lasting impression as applicants and openings are considered. The resort needs maintenance and housekeeping staff, office, front desk and restaurant employees, she said. Many workers return, but others move on and aren’t available for another season.
“It always leaves us holes to fill,” she said.
At tables where candidates quietly filled out applications, Arlene Nygren, of Maryland, was filling out a form to be a part-time bus driver with Oneonta Public Transit. Nygren, a retired postal worker and former teacher, said she is looking for part-time year-round employment.
“I’m very reliable and I’m a hard worker,” she said. Nygren said she has many interests and would consider opportunities working with people, animals and in farming or gardening settings.
“I would like a fun-type job,” she said. “It’s good to be out and meet people.”
Looking beyond job titles is important in today’s employment market, said Alan Sessions, business services representative with CDO Workforce and the state Department of Labor. Unemployment rates change with seasons and opportunities, he said, and job-seekers who try something different may find a position they enjoy.