Chamber Holds Homecoming Job Fair

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 29, 2008 at 7:20 PM EDT

While shopping for bargains, soon-to-be college graduates and visiting family can shop for jobs.

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce hosts Project Homecoming.

As Action News Reporter Jessica Light tells us, it also attracted job seekers already at home.

Handing out resumes and making connections.

It's all part of Project Homecoming here at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

It's an end of the year job fair aimed at attracting visiting family and college students to the Greater Binghamton area.

"The companies get to meet one on one with the individual first hand. You know first impressions mean a lot, so it saves a lot of time on both ends." says Lou Santoni, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Heavey is a soon-to-be-grad from Queens.

But when he finishes his English degree at Binghamton University he wants to stay in the area.

"I find Binghamton to be a great town, a lot of opportunities for a young person like myself. And I've already made the right connections while I'm up here." says Heavey.

But students like Heavey aren't the only ones scoping out the local job scene.

Eric Emerick is employed, but he's hoping to upgrade his career.

"I'm hoping to find some health benefits is what my main goal is right now and today is going along pretty good." he says.

The Raymond Corporation has several job openings.

Its pulling in potential employees with an attractive alternative, 4 day work weeks.

"Our orders are down a little bit and uh, with a 4 days work week that will help us retain our skilled employees in our manufacturing area." says John Sassani of The Raymond Corporation.

From engineering to real estate, this job fair creates an open floor of opportunity for job seekers young and old.

In Johnson City, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

60 local companies accepted applications at this year's Homecoming job fair.

The Chamber says despite a troubled economy, the same number of companies attended as did last year.

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