Those looking for a new career may take advantage of a larger virtual career fair than the ones previously offered locally when it goes active April 15.

There will be a preview day starting at 9 a.m. April 14. The April 15 fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register in advance, go to https://nysdolvirtual.easyvirtualfair.com/

The roughly 140 businesses scheduled to participate include several from the GLOW region, said Jay Lazarony, executive director of the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties Workforce Development Board.

This is the largest career fair this area has seen, he said. Aside from the GLOW counties, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties are participating.

“We’ve done smaller virtual affairs. This is a nine-county regional ... job fair under the New York State Department of Labor’s virtual platform,” Lazarony said. “The Department of Labor has been trying to do this to reach out to customers virtually.

“Many of our career centers are still closed across NY. We’ve gone virtual to try to connect businesses and job seekers with the good jobs that are out there,” he said. “The Workforce Development boards are sponsoring this. In GLOW, we have four career centers ... They’re certainly recruiting not only businesses, but also job seekers at this time.”

Lazarony said there are careers which don’t run traditional job fairs. Fair organizers say there are openings in jobs or fields such as maintenance technician, school bus driver, chemical operator, warehouse associate, CNA/LPN/RN, CDL driver, home health aide, PCA/HHA, cashier, machine operator, production, general labor, customer service and industrial electrician.

Lazarony said the GLOW region businesses or organizations participating in next week’s fair include O-AT-KA Milk Products, Genesee Country Village & Museum, LandPro Equipment, Markin Tubing, LP, Six Flags Darien Lake, Arc of Genesee Orleans, Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and United States Gypsum.

“As of this morning we have 142 businesses registered to participate,” he said. “I don’t really expect that number to increase. We really need to focus on job seekers.”

The deadline to preregister is April 14.

“We hear from businesses that can’t find job seekers. Here’s an opportunity for them to get in front of businesses, get talking to people,” Lazarony said. “We’ve already started preregistering. You preregister and upload your resume,” he said.

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