Last year several job hunters found what they were looking for at the Career Link sponsored Job Fair – an all day event that promotes employment opportunities by bringing employers and job seekers together.
“The Job Fair gives employers an opportunity to meet prospective employees face-to-face and get a feel for their potential beyond what their resumes can convey,” said Rob Hughes, Job Developer at Career Link, Powell River’s WorkBC Employment Services Centre.
“It also gives the job seeker a chance to ask employers questions about the job, or requirements for the job, that they are curious about,” Rob added. “Job hunters report back that they really liked talking to employers they wouldn’t normally seek out.”
The free, annual event always draws a large crowd. “This year we have 22 tables of employers representing entry level positions, tourism, seasonal employment, the hospitality industry and even volunteer opportunities,” Rob said. “People sometimes overlook the importance of volunteering, but it has been proven that being a volunteer helps a person gain skills to seek employment or helps augment a person’s skills so they can move in a new direction.”
Employers from Ecossentials, Tim Hortons, CJMP Radio, Vancouver Island University, community service organizations and the City of Powell River, will be on hand to address questions from job seekers and to help individuals apply for positions. As well, with summer just around the corner, job seekers and employers alike can find out more about Canada Summer Grant applications.
“Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year,” Rob said.
The open forum Job Fair will be held Tuesday, March 8th, at the Powell River Recreation Complex. For more information, contact Rob at 604-485-7958 or www.careerlinkbc.com.