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Labor Department Announces 2010 Dr. King Career Fair
More Than 1,400 Jobs to be Offered by Businesses

Albany, NY (April 14, 2010) - State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner today announced the State Department of Labor, in partnership with the Office of General Services and the City of Albany, will co-sponsor the Dr. King Career Fair on Thursday, April 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

More than 1,400 jobs will be offered by over 70 local businesses, who will meet with job seekers and conduct interviews for a variety of employment opportunities.  Admission is free to the public.

"The Labor Department is proud to once again co-sponsor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Career Fair," said Commissioner Gardner. "During these tough economic times, it is more crucial than ever that the Department of Labor help get New Yorkers working. We offer a variety of services, like career counseling, resume development, training programs, and apprenticeship opportunities; all in an effort to get workers back on their feet so they can support their families."

"Governor Paterson has often talked about the importance of expanding employment opportunities to help mitigate the financial crisis here in New York," Office of General Services Commissioner John C. Egan said. "The Dr. King Career Fair is a wonderful example of a positive way to honor Dr. King not just on the national holiday, but throughout the year.  Jobs do more than simply support families; they provide self-esteem and are a primary motivator in life that can help build strong communities."

"I applaud the NYS Department of Labor for their efforts in sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Career Fair, a much-needed event in this extremely difficult economic climate," said Mayor Jennings. "Capital Region residents will be afforded direct contact with prospective employers, which, hopefully, will result in many unemployed being offered positions.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is one rooted in equality, which has direct application in the world of employment as well as that of human rights."

Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes, dress to impress and be prepared to speak to local businesses about numerous career opportunities. Businesses will be recruiting for positions such as IT, Engineering, Accounting, RN, LPN, Personal Care Aides, Customer Service, Administrative, Janitorial, Sales, Auto Body/Mechanics and Management.

More than 70 local businesses will be present, representing a variety of industries. Some of these industries include manufacturing, retail, human services, banking and finance, health care, education, information technology, construction and government. Some of the businesses attending include Regeneron, CDTA, Raymour and Flanigan Furniture, ITT Technical Institute, Union College, Ellis Medicine, Fidelis Care, Seton Health/St. Mary's Hospital, Citizen's Bank, Tri City JATC, and a number of state agencies.

Booths will be set up to provide vouchers for free Microsoft training programs through the Elevate America program.   Job seekers can also have their resumes scanned into the SMART 2010 system, the Department's electronic job leads software. All resumes scanned will also be provided to attending businesses. The Department of Labor has also produced videos to be played throughout the event to inform job seekers about services and programs, such as statewide One-Stop Centers and how to make a resume.

Prior to the job fair, two workshops will be held on April 15 at 12:00 p.m. "Career Fair Success," which will better prepare a job seeker to get the most out of the event, and "Benefits and Services to Help Make Ends Meet" will provide information on tax credits, free income tax preparation, food stamps, school meal programs and public health insurance options.

For more information regarding the career fair, please contact the Department of Labor at 1-888-4-NYSDOL or visit the department's website at: