Chamber job fair hosts local businesses for job-seekers

"We've been taking applications but a lot of people are taking our cards just because they want a handyman," remarked Mrs. Leonard. "The guy who is used to doing it all himself but is now retired and maybe shouldn't get on that step ladder anymore, that's exactly who we want to help. There is a need in this area for handyman services."

Mu-Chian Chang, a former employee of Bombardier Transportation Inc., Plattsburgh, may not have been in need of handyman services, but he was in need of a job. The Elizabethtown resident was one of several employees affected by the last round of lay-offs from the transportation manufacturer earlier this year leaving him to re-enter the job market.

"I've been looking for about three months," said Mr. Chang. "Every opportunity to go to a job fair is good, just to see what is out there in the marketplace."

Mr. Chang, who has had experience working in management, including purchasing, planning and logistics, was impressed by the businesses the job fair had to offer.

"There's quite a few places to choose from; each one offers something for someone," said Mr. Chang.

"The chamber's job is to bring people together," said Ms. Matton, "and this is one of the ways we can do that."

For those who missed the chamber of commerce job fair, many of the job's featured at last week's event are accessible on-line through www.oppshop.org. For more information, contact the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000.

In addition to the chamber of commerce, the job fair was sponsored by Job Service Employee Committee, OneWorkSource, Hall Communications and Hometown Radio.

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