Job Fairs Look To Fill 100 Openings In Jefferson, Lewis Counties

Job Fairs Look To Fill 100 Openings In Jefferson, Lewis Counties

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There are part-time, full-time, and temporary positions available for a number of hospital, factory, case worker, and other jobs. But recruiters do say it can be a challenge to fill these roles.

Samaritan Medical Center is looking for people to join its team. With more than a hundred open positions, there are plenty of clinical and non-clinical opportunities.

"We have openings for entry-level positions, food service, housekeeping, environmental services," said Lisa Bowhall, talent acquisition recruiter, Samaritan Medical Center. 

Recruiters hosted a career fair Thursday and held on-the-spot interviews.

Across town, the Children's Home of Jefferson County also had a job fair to help fill about 40 open positions.

"We need direct care professionals. We need case workers, care coordinators, and RNs," said Matt Richmond, human resources marketing specialist, Children's Home of Jefferson County. 

While Richmond said there isn't a critical need for new employees, it can be a challenge to find people with the right experience.

"Certain positions, like a psychiatrist for example. We have a difficult time filling that, just because it's tough to draw people to this area with advanced degrees," said Richmond.

Over in Lewis County, there are a handful of jobs available at the Kraft-Heinz Plant in Lowville.

"We're hiring for the plant in the string cheese area most of all. Material handlers; it's basically everything from the start of the get-go to what you see on the grocery shelves," said Kristen Isele-Johnson, CorTech account manager, Kraft-Heinz plant. 

So, what exactly is leading to this number of available jobs in the region? Bowhall says it's because of an aging workforce.

"With the Baby Boomers that everyone is talking about now. There's a lot of retirements, so we are needing to replace individuals that have been with Samaritan for twenty or 30 years," she said.

When it comes to filling all of these open positions, the challenge is that there are actually fewer options. That's because Jefferson and Lewis counties currently have low unemployment rates both are just a little over 5.5 percent.

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