Our annual Hiring Fair is an excellent opportunity for employers and job seekers to connect one-on-one in a comfortable yet dynamic environment.
Held at the Parksville Community Centre, this four hour afternoon event has been a tremendous success for all participants. With upwards of 45 employers and 600 attendees, you don’t want to miss this highly anticipated community event!
Tips for Job Seekers
As a job seeker, you will want to seize the opportunity to shine! Imagine being able to speak with an employer face-to-face and directly hand your resume to him or her. This is a unique opening to impress key decision makers with your polished appearance, confident attitude and knowledge of their company.
Approach the fair as you would if you were being interviewed at an employer’s place of business, dress appropriately and arrive prepared. If you are concerned about not having the right clothing for meeting employers at the Hiring Fair, the Salvation Army, SOS and other local thrift stores have reasonably priced attire.
Prior to attending, ensure you take time to research the businesses you are interested in seeing. Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask. Check the Career Centre website often in the days leading up to the Hiring Fair as we update the employer list on a regular basis.
Make several copies of your resume, cover letter and references on good quality paper and include them in a folder to take with you. Don’t forget to bring a list of the employers you are interested in meeting and also a note pad and pen.
While at the Hiring Fair, keep notes of who you met with, the company they worked for and if possible, obtain a business card and any other pertinent information from them.
Employers are always pleased to receive a thank you note or e-mail. Why not let them know how much you appreciated the opportunity to meet them at the Hiring Fair? This is a terrific way to make sure you are top of mind and although a small gesture, can set you apart from other job seekers. Ensure you use proper business language as employers do not appreciate jargon or abbreviations and avoid spelling mistakes. Don’t forget to proofread your writing prior to sending and be certain you have the correct spelling of their name on the note.
Tips for Employers
As an employer, this is your opportunity to shine also! Engage job seekers who are eager to learn more about not only what you do, but the work culture of your organization. Attract potential employees with perks and incentives your current staff benefit from.
Be sure to bring your application forms, job descriptions, brochures, business cards and a file folder to hold the many resumes you will be receiving from job seekers.
Whether you are a Jobseeker or Employer, this will be an amazing opportunity for you!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, it has been necessary to cancel our 2020 Hiring Fair on Thursday, April 9th, 2020. We look forward to having you join us once again in 2021.