First-ever town job fair draws workers, employers

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

About 15 companies were on hand for the first-ever Town of Coeymans Job Fair, held outside town hall June 30, including TCI, pictured. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA — More than a dozen local companies — including several of the largest employers in the area — were at the first-ever town job fair looking to hire.

Event organizer Rosemary McHugh said the fair drew about 15 companies, who conducted interviews and accepted resumes and applications. The job fair was held June 30 outside town hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena.

“This is our first job fair — we have 15 employers. It looks like a great turnout so far,” McHugh said. “The town allowed me to use their venue because I wanted to make sure that we were able to hold the event whether we had bad weather or not. Luckily for us, this is a fantastic day — the sun is shining, we are outside in the parking lot, and we have pizza, water and a lot of great employers.”

Companies were looking to hire for a range of positions and have lists of openings they are looking to fill, McHugh said.

“It’s not just laborers or equipment operators — they are also looking for administrative assistants, secretarial, bookkeeping. We have a daycare here that is looking for people, we have banks that are looking for tellers and loan officers, so it is a variety of jobs available,” McHugh said.

She organized the event — the first of its kind in the town — to help match up companies that are looking for employees with workers seeking jobs.

“We have a lot of great companies here and I know there are a lot of people out there looking for jobs,” she said. “If they are eager to work and these companies are eager to hire, they would be a great match.”

Robin Van Brocklen from Fabcon Precast meets with prospective employees at the job fair Thursday. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

Liza Herron, facilities manager at CTI, located at the Coeymans Industrial Park, said they are looking to fill a number of open positions.

“We are going to take resumes, take down some numbers and see what kind of work people are interested in,” Herron said. “We have possibly a couple of administrative positions open and also field workers.”

Curaleaf, also located at the industrial park, is also looking to fill a variety of positions and encouraged potential applicants to fill out an application online.

“We have a few positions open in manufacturing as well as the dispensary,” said human resources generalist Deborah Pollard. “We have a couple of positions in packaging and in the dispensary, and we have some pharmacy technician (jobs) as well as security officers.”

Town Councilwoman Linda Bruno said the job fair offered local residents the chance to learn what types of jobs are available right in their backyard.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the community, for all levels of people looking for different positions, from the very top professional supervisory jobs to those with not a lot of background or education or skills, where they can be trained,” Bruno said. “There are a plethora of employers here who are offering opportunities. I think Rosemary McHugh did a beautiful job coordinating this.”

Morgan Hyacinthe, human resources manager for LafargeHolcim on Route 9W, said the cement plant has about a dozen open positions that need to be filled.

“We have a lot of hourly and salaried positions,” Hyacinthe said. “On the hourly side, we probably have about 12 positions between mechanical technicians, electrical technicians and laborers. We also have some salaried positions — we are looking for a reliability engineer, a reliability manager, mechanical engineer, production control supervisor and maintenance supervisor.”

The job fair offers companies an opportunity to reach out to local residents, she added.

“It is great to work with the local talent that is around here, so it’s great to see all the companies come together and be able to support our local community and be able to hire people that are in the area,” she said. “We always want to support the people around us.”

The job fair drew some of the area’s largest employers, who are looking to hire many different types of positions. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

Megan Zahn, human resources recruiter and generalist for the Bank of Greene County, said the job fair is a good way for businesses to meet local residents and each other.

“We have about five openings throughout our Columbia and Greene County locations. It’s nice to get our name out there — we may not find an applicant today, we may not fill a position today, but we are getting our name out there and it’s nice to make friends with our neighbors in the community,” Zahn said. “It’s nice to meet some of the business leaders in the area, some of whom bank with us, so we can get feedback on what we are doing. It’s all been positive so far.”

Glenda Cukierski, manager of the Ravena branch of the National Bank of Coxsackie, said her bank is looking to hire a commercial loan officer and a chief risk officer, as well as several office positions and full-time teller positions. She appreciated the fact that the job fair put many of the area’s employers and their job opportunities in one place.

“This puts all of us in one spot and local community people can come here and have a lot of businesses all here in one place,” Cukierski said. “It is convenient for the community.”

Many participating businesses are still accepting job applications and have positions to fill.

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