Thousands attend career fair at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Ralph Logan

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Department of Labor’s largest job fair of the year drew thousands to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

There are all types of job opportunities here, from Home Depot to the College of Saint Rose, from part time to full time, 8,000 opportunities to fill out an application and get a job.

Scores of potential employees put their best feet forward, handing off resumes and shaking hands over the prospect of a new career. Navigating rows and rows of employers can be intimidating, but at least this Queensbury couple isn’t doing it alone.

“It’s like when we first were seeing each other,” Pegeen Frazee said. “We were both unemployed and in college.”

Now with three kids and decades later, Martin and Pegeen are on the job hunt again.

“We’re used to high winds, you do what you can and you gotta have faith and go forward,” Martin Frazee said.

That’s what the pair is doing on Wednesday and it doesn’t take long for martin to get a lead.

“Would you consider an account management type position because that’s where I see you fitting in,” Joseph Monahan, of Fusco Personnel, said.

Monahan says Martin made a good impression.

“My radar about people is very good, and I could tell he’s a people person and that’s the kind of person that my clients will be looking for in terms of account management and sales.”

A promising candidate for a high-level position but that’s not the only type of job being offered.

“We have high paying we have low-paying, we have highly experienced we have low experience, it runs the gamut people should be able to come here and find whatever they need,” Cullen Burnell, of the New York State Department of Labor, said.

Christopher Csontos isn’t sure what he wants to find.

“I’m looking for anything but I wouldn’t mind working in an office.”

He works part-time construction but wants something steady.

“I’m just trying to lock in my future, you know.”

The future for Csontos and the Frazees looks brighter with every connection they make.

Many of these employers were hiring right on the spot, but if you need a job and missed today, head to the Department of Labor’s website and check for upcoming job fairs.

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