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Chamber job fair hosts local businesses for job-seekers

PLATTSBURGHJobs plus potential employees was a win-win equation as the PlattsburghNorth Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its semiannual job fair at the Comfort Inn's Grand Ballroom Sept. 26.

Thirty-four businesses, civil organizations and services took time to meet with hundreds of potential employees, accepting resumes and applications to find the creme de la creme of visiting job-seekers.

Sue Matton, chamber vice president of economic development, said the event continually brings together employers and employees as a way to enhance businesses and potentially give those wanting a new career, an amiable one.

"We do this to give people looking for a job the opportunity to meet with several employers in one place and businesses who are looking for workers the opportunity to interview many potential employees," said Ms. Matton. "Whatever kind of job you may be looking for, there's probably someone here from that field."

An array of job fields has been featured twice per year at the job fair since 1997, said Ms. Matton, from manufacturing to services to media and health care, among others.

Charter Communications was one of the more than 30 businesses featured at the expo, though their focus was primarily on networking rather than hiring.

"Right now we're not hiring, we're fully staffed," remarked Charter office operations supervisor Dianne Burkhart. "But, it's good to get the information out there that we can do our hiring on-line and all our job information is posted on-line. One of the girls that's with us now, was hired five years ago through the job fair. And even though we're not hiring right now, it's good to know people are interested, not only in the employment aspect, but just to get your name out there."

A new local franchise of House Doctors Handyman Service, run by Rebecca and Timothy Leonard, Plattsburgh, was one such business trying to get its name out there, with the Leonards both realizing the importance of marketing.

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