Job seekers in the New
London area will have an opportunity to advance their career goals by visiting
the Connecticut Department of Labor's Connecticut Job Fair taking place
October 30 at the Groton Inn and Suites, Groton, Governor M. Jodi Rell said
"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 50 companies are
registered for the fair and hope to hire employees into jobs that range from
entry-level to highly-skilled positions."
The Groton event marks
the Department of Labor's final job fair for the fall season. For the past 12
years, the agency's job and career fairs, held in the spring and fall, have
successfully matched employers with job seekers. The event will run from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Over the last ten
years, employment in the Norwich and New London area has increased by nearly
11 percent - more than double that of the state as a whole during the same
period," Governor Rell noted. "In the past year alone, the area has gained in
a variety of sectors, including the trade, transportation and utilities,
educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality sectors.
"With 600 new jobs
gained by the state as a whole in September, total employment now stands at
1,702,800. Connecticut has gained close to 20,000 jobs over the year, and
companies, including those in eastern part of our state, are seeking job
candidates to fill a variety of positions."
Companies at the job
fair include Bank of America, Clinical Laboratory Partners, General Dynamics
Electric Boat, Jones Lang LaSalle, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital,
Rand-Whitney, Rhodes Technologies and Sheffield Pharmaceuticals.
Also at the 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.
"Based on the
Department of Labor's ten-year forecast, nearly 4,800 workers will be needed
annually in the Norwich-New London area to replace workers who retire or leave
the workforce for other reasons," Governor Rell said. "In addition, on average
over the ten-year period, another 2,200 people will be needed to fill new jobs
that will be created in the area. Looking at the region's growth activity, the
Groton job fair offers excellent employment opportunities for individuals who
have professional, technical, administrative or production backgrounds, as
well as those who are just entering the workforce."
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.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535