Job Fair Workshops


10:00 am Vision Boarding Your Future* this workshop is limited to 20 people and will take place across the street at Center City (Schenectady Fair 3/15/18). There is a fee associated (scholarships available). SAVE $20 today!

Janet Tanguay, Hammock Way of Life This two-hour session will help you focus on your goals and vision for your future.  The session will offer tips and tricks for attaining your dreams as well as success stories of others who have made their visions come true.  In addition, there will be time to start creating your own vision board.  Scissors, glue sticks and poster board or vision kit included in the price of admission.

FEATURED FACILITATOR: Janet Tanguay celebrates her 12th anniversary as Entrepreneurship Manager at the Capital Region Chamber this year.  During her tenure, she has helped to launch over 600 businesses.  She brings business experience from her own ventures as Owner of Art-n-Soul, Inc. and now The Hammock Way of Life.  Tanguay has represented over 150 artists, coaching and teaching them the business of art.  Her new business offers a roadmap to help people attain their goals and visions through a book, webinars, mind mapping, focus groups, vision board kits and video interviews with successful entrepreneurs.  Tanguay is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping innovative business owners grow their companies.  Tanguay is a four-time winner of the New York State Award of Excellence for Outstanding Program Performance, Achievement and Dedication to the Entrepreneurs of New York State.

10:30AM – 11:30PM – GE Theater Room, Proctor’s Theater (no registration necessary)
Have you adapted your approaches to sourcing and recruiting new employees since unemployment was over 8%?  If not, it’s easy to understand why you’re having difficulty reaching new or underemployed candidates.  Both businesses and job seekers will learn new tips on connecting talent to opportunities.

Dan Riccio is a Talent Development professional for various industries including mass media, retail and technologies. Something that has always remained my top focus is matching the ideal opportunity with the right person. One of the most rewarding parts of what I do is when I get that phone call or email saying “thanks for pushing me to take that opportunity because I’m a better person for it”


LEARNING NEVER ENDS, especially if you wish to stay workplace relevant
11:30AM – 12:30PM – GE Theater Room, Proctor’s Theater (no registration necessary)
Panelists will speak on the types of skills, talents and mindset needed to stay relevant in the workplace and the wide variety of learning and funding options available for those at entry level to executive levels in the workplace.  A great workshop for those seeking career mobility, diversification and growth.

 Kathleen Pingelski is an owner of MicroKnowledge, Inc. and president of its affiliated professional development training company, ProKnowledge.  She manages client accounts and new business development for both companies, including oversight of large training rollouts.  She regularly presents to customers, associations and community organizations on a variety of topics related to the use of technology in the workplace.


Denise Zieske is the Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education at Schenectady County Community College.  In this position, Ms. Zieske oversees the College’s portfolio of non-credit courses including professional and career development, business education and training, community education/personal enrichment offerings, healthcare training, online offerings and is the main contact for the START-UP NY program. Albany.


Susan Eve Tepper LeClaircurrently works for SUNY Empire State College as a Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator who manages the college’s outreach information office at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Susan Eve is actively engaged in conducting public relations and recruitment efforts with state agencies and associations throughout the Capital/Saratoga Region.  Prior to coming to SUNY ESC, Susan Eve served as the Public Affairs Director for WTEN-TV for 20+ years.

Stephen Russell is the Senior Director of Learning and Development for MAXIMUS. This includes leading the development of curriculum and training for 4,000 employees for the New York State of Health. Steve has over 25 years’ experience leading training and development programs in the fields of corporate business processes and various healthcare related services. Steve received the MAXIMUS CEO Excellence Award and his team received honors from in 2017.

Recognize & Unleash Your Talents for New Opportunities
12:30PM – 1:30PM – GE Theater Room, Proctor’s Theater (no registration necessary)
Do you feel a little lost when it comes to sharing your strengths, skills and career interests?  If you’re like most people, you could be delaying your job search, promotion or career transition. Putting your achievements in the forefront is not bragging. It’s an approach people use to move their careers forward. In this presentation, get practical tips on how to recognize your skills and communicate them with confidence.

Bob Frederick is the Founder of Employee Development Associates and provider of career and professional development coaching and consulting for individuals and organizations seeking to recognize and unleash the talents within. Beyond his extensive leadership as a SUNY career services administrator and career coach, Bob shares his knowledge and resources regularly on his website, over the radio, through social media, and during presentations throughout New York State.


Michael Roach, President of Michael Roach Creative runs a marketing/creative consulting firm, Michael Roach Creative, that helps businesses and nonprofits grow and reach their audiences. In addition to helping organizations, his approach helps individuals distinguish themselves and develop successful careers. He serves as Executive Vice President of Communications with the New York Capital Region chapter of the American Marketing Association.

CIVIL SERVICE JOBS & HOW TO GET IN (City, County, State and Federal)
1:30PM – 2:30PM – GE Theater Room, Proctor’s Theater (no registration necessary)
Do you think civil service jobs are too difficult to get in, that government jobs are being lost to budget cuts, that you have to take an exam for all jobs, or the compensation doesn’t compete with the private sector?  Get the real facts on the opportunities available and how to effectively apply for local, state and federal jobs.

Miriam Cajuste is the Affirmative Action Officer for Schenectady County and a lead recruiter and educator for government opportunities throughout the Capital Region and beyond.  She’s an advocate for those seeking to make a difference in public service and is a community leader for those under-represented in our workplace.  Miriam is a 2018 YWCA NorthEastern NY Woman of Achievement recipient for her dedicated service to those in her community.

Check out our WELLNESS ROOM to learn and apply different approaches to relieving stress, changing your mindset, energizing your body, and connecting with your inner spirit to harness the confidence needed to present yourself to others.  Receive free coaching tips, strategies and exercises from top professionals in the fields that focus on the mind, body and soul.
Thanks go to those professionals and organizations below who will be providing information and hands on examples of their services and products.  Please visit their company website by clicking on their logo.

(Sample Services Available: Massage Therapy, Wellness Coaching, Pet Therapy, and guidance related to Mediation, Yoga, Fitness and Nutrition)

School of Massage Therapy

 Your chance to win FREE PRIZES just for participating!

CONGRATULATIONS! Reece Taylor and Julie Thompson are the SPRING 2018 Schenectady Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS! Suzanne D. and John D. are the FALL 2017 Saratoga Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!


  1. Sign up at the registration table and receive your FREE Entry Card
  2. Participate in at least 2 of the following to get your card stamped:
    Professional Development Workshops
    (five offered) MUST attend the full workshop
    Resume’ Critique (offered from 10:00am – 2:00pm) MUST bring your resume’
  3. Return your stamped Entry Card to the registration table and be entered to win one of (2) $100.00 MasterCard Gift Cards! 


Office Stewart’s Ice Cream Party (For staying until 3:45PM)