The forum, entitled "What Employers Want," was sponsored by Oswego County Workforce New York and allowed local employers to share the qualities they are looking for from job applicants. It was held at the new Cayuga Community College campus in Fulton in May and was open to the public.
Representatives from Huhtamaki, Novelis, Healthway Home Products, Oswego Health, Constellation, Little Lukes, PaperWorks Packaging Group and Ron Terra Insurance offered frank advice to job seekers on a number of topics. For example, a good resume should be clear, free of spelling errors and provide accurate information. Also, unprofessional or vulgar email addresses or voicemail recordings can prevent a candidate from moving forward in the application process.
The ability to use computers and the Internet was also emphasized by employers as several of them only accept applications online. In addition, employers often research candidates online and are using that information to make hiring decisions. An unprofessional online presence, such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts that show questionable comments or images can prevent an applicant from being considered for a job. Participant feedback revealed that the forum provided much useful information about how to conduct a successful job search going forward.
"The best part of this event for me was that our local employers were willing to share real world, practical advice about what to do and what not to do if someone is serious about getting a job with their company," said Chad Whelsky, employment specialist at the Oswego County Workforce New York office. "Sending a thank you note after an interview may seem trivial but could mean the difference between getting and not getting the job. Now that they're armed with information directly from the people who make the hiring decisions, job seekers can move forward in the application and interview process with more confidence."
The staff at the Fulton One Stop center is also available to help customers with their job search. Information about training opportunities, skills upgrades and other services provided to job seekers through the Oswego County Workforce New York office is available by calling the Oswego County Workforce New York office at 315-591-9000.