If you are new to the unemployment scene it can easily become overwhelming trying to figure out how to begin a job search. While your network of business and personal contacts is a great place to start as they are most likely aware of your skills and experience, you might often need to broaden your search efforts. Competition is tough, and with looming layoffs in the area, it’s going to be a tight race for many jobs that are available. A great starting point for your job search can be the New York State Department of Labor. According to their website, there are currently 7039 job openings in the Finger Lakes area which includes: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. This number only includes the companies that have listed with the Department of Labor and does not include the smaller businesses that might only be advertising in local papers or with signs in their front window.
So where are the greatest opportunities in the area? When broken down, the industries with the most openings are:
- farming, fishing, forestry
This should come as no surprise in an area that has such great expanses of beautiful farmland and country roads; small, local businesses; and a dwindling large corporation presence. If your experience does not lie in any of those areas, there’s no need to worry. The Department of Labor’s website has a complete breakdown of the various opportunities in the area and a listing of the top companies that are hiring.