Finding a job on Long Island isn't easy these days. But as an employment counselor, that's exactly what Gemma Triquet does for a living.
At the GreyStone Staffing office in Massapequa for the past 16 years, Triquet has helped place people in temporary and full-time jobs.
Some people who come through their doors may be parents returning to the workforce, students looking for their first jobs, or others looking for a temporary job that might lead to something permanent down the road.
Although they handle some outdoors jobs, most of the jobs that her firm is paid to staff are inside, involving clerical, administrative, customer service, accounting and finance.
"Everyone is feeling the crunch of the recession that we're going through," she says. "Unfortunately we're seeing a lot more people looking for jobs." But, she adds, Long Island still offers plenty of jobs for those who meet employer's qualifications.
Some applicants even prepare video resumes that she shows to prospective employers.