Governor Rell Urges Job
Seekers to Check Out Career Opportunities at East Hartford Job Fair
Governor M. Jodi Rell said today that job seekers will have an opportunity to
advance their career goals by visiting the Connecticut Department of Labor's
Connecticut Job Fair taking place October 2 at the Rentschler Field Ballroom
in East Hartford.
"This free job fair provides plenty of opportunities for individuals seeking a
job or hoping to make a new career move," Governor Rell said. "More than 80
companies are registered for the fair and hope to hire employees into jobs
that range from entry-level to highly-skilled positions."
The East Hartford event marks the first of three job fairs that the Labor
Department is holding this fall and represents the 12th year that
the Connecticut Career Fairs series has successfully matched employers with
job seekers. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is plenty of
"Employment in Connecticut set a new record in September and this state has
seen healthy activity in terms of companies expanding and moving into our
state," the Governor noted. "With 1,200 new jobs gained in August, our total
employment now stands at 1,701,600 - and companies continue to look for
additional job candidates.
"Based on the Labor Department's 10-year forecast, approximately 17,000
workers will be needed annually in the Greater Hartford area to replace
workers who retire or leave the workforce for other reasons and another 5,000
people will be needed to fill new jobs," the Governor added. "Looking at our
state's growth activity, the East Hartford job fair offers an excellent
opportunity for individuals who have professional, technical, administrative
or production backgrounds, as well as those who are just entering the
Also at the job fair will be Certified Professional Résumé Writers from the
Labor Department who will work one-on-one with individuals. This service,
which can cost hundreds of dollars when done through a private service, is
often the key to getting the attention of potential employers.
Federal and state veterans' benefits information booths, Internet access to
employer applications, and job postings will also be available on the agency's
mobile office, The Career Express, which will be onsite for the day.
"Financial services, a pillar in the Hartford region's economic base, has
expanded its workforce by 800 over the past year and manufacturing employment
has held steady in the area, despite the fact that much of the nation has seen
a decline," Governor Rell added. "With education and health services seeing an
increase of close to 1,500 jobs, and business services up by 1,300, all signs
indicate that companies in the Hartford area are looking for employees."
A second job fair will be held Oct. 16 in Waterbury at the Connecticut Grand
Hotel, while the Groton Inn & Suites will provide a regional job fair for
individuals in the New London region on Oct. 30. Both will be held from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.
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