For job-seekers, it's about keeping the faith
"As tough as it is, it does happen, people do get jobs," said Lisa Futterman, director of employment services for FEGS metropolitan region, noting that even laid-off career professionals older than 50 who are persistent and who network do find work after a time, though sometimes it means accepting a lesser salary.
About 30 percent of the jobs at the fair were at the management level, with salaries in excess of $50,000 a year. Companies represented ranged from the national to the local, among them fast-food chains and home health care providers, new-media recruiters and financial services providers.
"Don't lose your faith; keep your chin up; we're somehow going to get through these tough times and we're going to help you. The local businesses and people who live here on Staten Island, it's really like a family," said Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn), who spoke briefly to the job-seekers.
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