STORY AND PHOTO BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM MONTICELLO –– One of the Center for Workforce Development’s priorities is to bring businesses and people together. By that measuring stick, …
MONTICELLO –– One of the Center for Workforce Development’s priorities is to bring businesses and people together.
By that measuring stick, Wednesday’s 2022 Sullivan County Job Fair was a success.
Over 50 vendors set up shop inside the ballroom at the Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, connecting with the 162 job seekers in attendance.
“We know right now every business is looking for somebody,” said Center for Workforce Development Director Loreen Gebelein. “Hopefully they’re going to be doing interviews and people walk out of here with jobs today.”
This was the largest job fair they’ve held since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The atmosphere here right now is exciting,” said Gebelein, “and the Kartrite is an absolutely beautiful place to be able to put this together.”
Sullivan County Division of Community Resources Commissioner Laura Quigley echoed those sentiments, adding that she was excited things have sort of gotten back to normal. She was also complimentary of the vendors in attendance, as well as the slate of jobs they were offering.
“If you want to change careers or try something new, there’s a lot of opportunity out there,” said Quigley.
Frost Valley YMCA Senior Human Resources Director Sherida Llewellyn-Gojah told the Democrat that it was great to be out in the community and engage in-person with candidates.
“With COVID, it was a big switch to virtual and it is good to add personality back into recruiting,” said Gojah.
New Hope Community Recruitment Coordinator Brittany Caruso also touched on the value of being able to interact with potential job candidates, as well as being able to answer any questions they may have.
Catskill Veterinary Services Hospital Administrator Bobbi Vasile noted that the Job Fair was a huge benefit to them.
“We’re meeting people from all walks of life [who are] looking to better themselves,” she said, “and we’re open to offer the opportunity to learn from the ground up.”
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