Virtual Job Fair 2017Westchester/Putnam, Oct. 10, 2017 -- County Executives Robert P. Astorino and MaryEllen Odell have joined with the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board to sponsor a Virtual Job Fair. From now until the end of November, the online fair will connect Westchester and Putnam County Residents to private sector businesses and non-profit organizations across all business sectors that are ready to hire for ful- time, part-time and seasonal positions.

“Westchester has thriving businesses and the most educated workforce in the country, but connecting these businesses with qualified candidates can sometimes be a challenge,” said Astorino. “This Virtual Job Fair will help connect businesses with qualified candidates who are ready to take the next step in their career.”

After registering online, employers can post their available positions free of charge and have access to thousands of qualified workers who are ready to get to work. Job seekers who register will be able to post their resumes and apply for open positions.

“The Virtual Job Fair is a win-win for Putnam County businesses and residents,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Businesses who hire our residents will find that they possess the skills, education, training, professionalism and confidence to help their business grow, while enhancing the life of the communities in which they work and live.”

Employers interested in hiring should take the following steps:

  • Register and post open positions
  • Screen resumes online or with the assistance of Career Center staff
  • Schedule times to interview selected qualified candidates onsite or off-site and provide feedback to the job developer

Job Seekers interested in applying should take the following steps:

  • Register now
  • Post their resume online (current users do not have to re-register)
  • Review the postings on the website and meet with a career coach/Job developer

“The benefits of a virtual job fair include the behind the scenes matching of qualified candidates across both counties to the available positions posted by employers making for a greater hiring pool than they might see by posting one job at a time,” stated Donnovan Beckford, Executive Director of the Westchester-Putnam One Stop Development Board. “By screening candidates for available jobs and facilitating the interview process at our locations, our One Stop Career Centers maximize efficiencies for both the candidates, who may interview for multiple jobs on the same day, and the employers, can see many qualified candidates in a shorter period of time. We also assist employers by conducting mini job fairs for companies who may have several open positions at the same time and eliminate the expense associated with conducting their own job fair at their location or offsite,” he added.

Partner organizations include NYSDOL, Business Council of Westchester, Westchester County Association, Hospitality Resource Group, ACCES-VR, Yonkers Employment Center and Office of Work Activities (OWA), and the Westchester’s Faith-Based Community Partnership.

Numerous jobs in various industries are already posted on the Virtual On-Line Job Fair portal, including positions in sales, retail, IT, accounting, financial services, banking, engineering, graphic arts, custodial and administrative work, food prep, and demolition.  Employers with open positions include Bloomingdales, Putnam ARC, RIZZO Associates, and Red Oak Transportation.

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