Prospective employers search for skilled workforce at RIT job fair

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Henrietta, N.Y. - It’s a tight job market, and some area employers say they're having a tough time finding a qualified workers.

Hundreds of local and national employers took part in the Rochester Institute of Technology's Career Day on Wednesday, seeking that skilled workforce.

Some of the companies include Wegmans, BAE Systems, Datto and Southwest.

"We're just looking for those forward thinkers, those creative minds, those people with great innovation and communication skills to come on over and help Southwest be a low-cost carrier," said Cody Lezynsky, an analyst Southwest Airlines.

The career fair at RIT's Gordon Field House drew 5,137. RIT students and alumni had the opportunity to rub elbows with more than 260 employers and nearly 950 recruiters.

"This is a good opportunity to kind of feel it out and get yourself out there, instead of just being a piece of paper or just a resume online," said Destiny Pacheco, a senior at RIT.

Pacheco is on the hunt to find a full-time job when she graduates in May. She's a web and mobile major with the hopes of eventually landing a gig with a cyber security firm.

"It is a really big market, and a lot of people are getting into technology now," she said. "But I try to think of what sets you apart."

RIT's career fair allowed students to meet with prospective employers to explore career opportunities, internships and co-ops. It's the institution's largest career fair. That's partly because enrollment is up.

Sohrab Memar is a junior at RIT, currently working at a medical device company in Connecticut as part of a co-op he got through a career fair similar to Wednesday's. He came back to get to know more prospective employers.

"It's awesome," he said. "I get to experience how it is being in a real life, working with actual full-time employees, being part of teams. The amount of responsibility I'm involved with, love it. It helps me be more prepared for school."

Networking opportunities were also part of the day's career fair.

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