By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
COEYMANS — A community job fair will connect local employers with workers looking for jobs.
Local resident Rosemary McHugh, who is married to Town Supervisor George McHugh, said she is hosting the job fair as a private citizen. The town’s involvement is limited to providing the venue for the job fair, which will be held at Coeymans Town Hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena, on June 30, from 4-7:30 p.m.
“I asked the town if I could utilize their town hall because I was looking for a place where I could do it regardless of whether it was rain or shine, so I was looking for a venue,” Rosemary McHugh said. “They offered for us to use their space. That is their involvement with the event.”
McHugh reached out to around a dozen local companies to participate in the job fair and has received commitments from many of the area’s largest employers, which at press time included LafargeHolcim, TCI, Port of Coeymans, CTI, Carver Companies, the National Bank of Coxsackie, the Bank of Greene County and Capital Region Independent Media, which publishes the Ravena News-Herald, among others. More may jump on board, she added.
The job fair will both help residents obtain employment and give local companies exposure to an audience that may not be aware of the resources and opportunities that are in the area.
“I thought it would be a great idea to get local companies that I believe not a lot of people even know exist in our area. I would like to get them on the map,” McHugh said. “They are offering jobs not only to our local community, but to the Capital District as well.”
The job fair will be held later in the afternoon to enable working individuals who may be looking for a chance to attend.
“I wanted to do it later in the day because there are people out there that maybe are not happy with their job or they are looking for a career, not just a job, and they work during the day, so they can’t always go to your typical job fairs that are usually in the morning, so I am doing it later in the day, from 4-7:30 p.m.,” McHugh said.
Positions at all levels of expertise will be available in a variety of industries and fields, McHugh said.
“They are looking for all levels and they are offering on-site interviews,” she added. “They have competitive wages and benefits. Some of them have really, really good benefits.”
It is McHugh’s hope that the job fair will help both employers and local residents.
“I take pride in where I live and I want to see the community grow and prosper,” McHugh said. “I think that these are companies that came in a few years back and they are growing and growing and growing. I don’t believe people outside of our community even know that these companies are here or what they do, so this would be a great opportunity to give them the exposure I believe they deserve, and also give other people an opportunity to apply for a job if they are looking for one.”
The job fair will be held June 30, from 4-7:30 p.m. at Coeymans Town Hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena. For more information, visit www.Coeymans.org or call 518-756-6006.
The event will be held outdoors if the weather is good, or indoors if there is rain. Light refreshments and pizza will be served.