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Job fair to aid laid-off Carthage hospital workers

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WEST CARTHAGE — The village along with The Workplace of Watertown will hold a job fair next week to help those recently laid off from Carthage Area Hospital.

“When I first learned of the layoffs, I reached out to The Workplace to initiate a job fair to give the employees an opportunity to find work elsewhere and to obtain any other needed assistance,” Mayor Scott M. Burto said.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the municipal building, 61 High St.

Although the event will focus on assistance for recently laid-off hospital employees, it is open to the public.

“Whenever there is a major layoff event, we like to provide the dislocated every opportunity we can to aid in the transition from one employer to another,” Workplace Director Cheryl M. Mayforth said.

The event will focus mainly on the health-care field, with representatives from Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital, Lewis County General Hospital, Sibley Nursing, Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, Samaritan Health, Transitional Living Services of Northern New York and River Hospital. Area hotels including Fairfield Inn, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn also will have employment information.

Placement agencies Kelly Services and Penski Inc. will also be represented, as well as the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

In addition to the businesses, service providers will attend to help job seekers with training or changing careers. Also in attendance will be the Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Navigator, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, Jefferson Community College, the Small Business Development Center, United Healthcare, the North Country Family Health Center and the Fort Drum Regional Health Organization.

Mrs. Mayforth advises attendees to come prepared to the job fair, noting, “Businesses we invite have current openings.”

She said attendees should have a resume, dress professionally and have someone responsible take care of their children.

“You should come to impress — to make a good first impression to employers,” she said.

The Workplace, 1000 Coffeen St., Watertown, is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to aid the unemployed. No appointment is necessary. For more information call 782-9252.

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