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How to Prepare for the Hiring Fair – Part 2

Walking into a Hiring Fair can feel overwhelming to many of us, especially if you tend to feel nervous in unfamiliar situations or it is your first time attending. With a little preparation (see February Tip of the Month), some reflection on your own personal goals, and some strategies to manage nervousness, you will be able to work the Hiring Fair like a pro!

Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Don’t be afraid of feeling nervous. Remember that feeling this way is normal and it is an opportunity to learn about letting go of fear. If you’ve read last month’s tip and started preparing for the event you are already well on your way, so nicely done! In order to keep the nerves at bay during and prior to the event, try exploring these strategies:

  • Maintaining Positive Self-Talk – visualization
  • Relaxation Techniques – breathing techniques

Look the Part

Dress as though you are heading into an actual interview. Did you know that what you wear can create a very positive first impression? Invest time ensuring you look your best, which will go a long way in making you feel your best and allow you to exude confidence!

Practice Makes Perfect

Rehearsing what you are going to say when you greet an employer is another great way to build up your confidence. Employ friends and family members to listen to your “employer pitch” until you are feeling comfortable. Or you can make arrangements to come into the Career Centre and meet with an Employment Consultant to let them hear your pitch! Ensure you call 250.248.3205 to book an appointment if this is the route you choose.

Ease into Things

When you are at the Hiring Fair, don’t approach your #1 employer first. Give yourself time to work through your nerves and connect with businesses that perhaps are not at the top of your list. You will be more comfortable and ready to shine when you meet with your first choice!

Build Character

Starting a new job is exciting and can be a little nerve racking at the same time. New experiences help you to practice determination, self-control, patience, and eventually confidence. These are all good values that build character to help you impress your next employer.

A Final Note

You should now be feeling empowered and ready to meet your next potential employer, but perhaps you have sensory issues and would feel more comfortable in a less crowded environment? If this is the case, consider attending the Hiring Fair between 3:00 and 4:00 when it tends to be quieter.

The very act of attending an event like this, shows you are building your self-confidence and open to trying new things. Congratulations, this is good news and you are well on your way to success!


2023 Hiring Fair

Each month, the Career Centre features one local employer as the Employer of the Month.  To assist you in preparing for the 2023 Hiring Fair on March 16th, we are including all Hiring Fair employer participants in one convenient list.  Click on the employer name to be directed to their website or the Career Section of their website.

BCCA – Skilled Trades Employment Program

BCEHS – BC Ambulance

BC Infrastructure Benefits

BGC Central Vancouver Island

Bayshore Home Health

Beach Acres Resort

The Beach Club Resort

Berwick Retirement Communities

Black & White Event Rentals

Blooming Lovely Custom Landscaping

Choice Dementia Services

Coastal Community Credit Union

Comfort Keepers

Coombs Country Campground

Excel Career College

BC First Nations Forestry Council

Forward House Community Society

Inclusion Parksville


Island Crisis Care Society

Island Health

Island Health Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Program

Kindred Coast

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Mid Island Co-op

Morningstar Golf Club

North Island College

Nurse Next Door – Nanaimo

Nurse Next Door – Qualicum

Old Country Market

Pickard Construction

Qualicum Beach Café

Quality Foods

RBC Royal Bank

RCMP 9-1-1 Police Dispatch Recruiting

RCMP (Police Officer Positions)

RLC Park Services

Regional District of Nanaimo – Recreation (RDN)

Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf

Riverside Resort & Campground

Roto-Rooter Plumbers

Rotor Maxx Support

Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve

School District 69 (Qualicum)

Society of Organized Services (SOS)

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

Thrive Landscapes Ltd

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Conference Centre

Vancouver Island Rubber Surfacing


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#110-198 East Island Hwy,
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Fax. 250.248.4154

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Wed 8:30am-6:00pm
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#110-198 East Island Hwy
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm