Updated: 01/15/2014 5:50 PM
Created: 01/15/2014 6:47 AM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion
Hundreds spent the day trying to find that perfect job and dozens of companies spent the day trying to find the right employees.
Dozens of big companies like Xerox and Excellus spent the day trying to find the right employees. News10NBC teamed up with Rochester Works for their annual Career Conference and Job Fair.
Crowds came out in record numbers and officials from Rochester Works say it speaks volumes about our area.
Eleven hundred people registered before the event even began Wednesday morning. By the end of the fair, they estimated the turnout to be at about 1,500.
After 25 years at the job, Shelly Knapp was laided off and forced to start over.
Shelly Knapp said, “It's been very interesting to say the least.”
She began with Rochester Works and their five step program.
Knapp said, “I've learned some new skills on how to conduct a job campaign.”
She joined more than a thousand others Wednesday, hoping to find a new path, including those who are just beginning their search.
The conference has never seen such a turn out, but it's not surprising when you look at these numbers.
Last year from January to September, employment grew by 800 jobs, an overall increase of .2 percent out of the 437,000 people in our workforce.
News10NBC also looked at who is hiring and who is firing in our area. News10NBC saw an increase in jobs in construction, financial, education and health jobs, but a big decrease in manufacturing.
Despite those numbers, things seem to be moving in the right direction. Employers from more than 62 different companies interviewed several candidates Wednesday.
Peter Pecor, Rochester Works, said, “Really busy. There's been a lot of movement. People looking for positions. Hopefully it's a sign that the economy is improving, but it's a very slow growth because we are also seeing other companies that are also downsizing.”
The job market can be scary for those without work, but job seekers say it is events like this that can make a difference now or in the future.
Geoffrey Blosat said, “Staying ahead of the game. Get my name out there. Start working right away. Build a solid foundation right off the bat and hopefully that will lead to some good opportunities down the road.”
If you didn't make the job fair Wednesday, there is still a way to get involved and get your resume out there through Rochester Works. They offer employment, education and training services year round.