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Mega career fair returnsThousands of job offers, career advice
By LINDA WHITE -- Special to Sun Media
Thousands of jobs across the country, career advice and information about future job trends are yours for the taking at the 14th Edition of The National Job Fair & Training Expo.
The country's largest recruitment event will feature 172 exhibitors -- the largest showing in its history, reports show organizer and president Daniel Levesque.
"There's much doom and gloom about the economy, but as our numbers show, there is still much opportunity for qualified candidates," he says. Last fall's event drew a record 170 exhibitors.
The event is organized into four pavilions: Employment, Training & Education, Career Services and Entrepreneurship.
The Employment Pavilion, the largest at the fair, includes the Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan Recruitment Zones. It also features the Relocation and Retail Recruitment Zones.
Companies like VIA Rail Canada and Sun Life Financial are among those looking for qualified candidates. The governments of Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island are among those that will be leading strong contingents.
In a recent count, nearly 5,800 private- and public-sector jobs were posted on the website Saskjobs.com, many of which will be up for grabs at the event. Companies in Prince Edward Island are also struggling to fill jobs and recruiters expect to make on-the-spot job offers.
Job seekers eager to upgrade their skills or launch a new career should visit the Training & Education Pavilion. Exhibitors like Robar Training, Medix School and Certified Management Accountants of Ontario will provide information about training that could open the door to new opportunities within months or even weeks.
Learn effective job-search strategies at the Career Services Pavilion. Exhibitors include the Toronto Public Library, which offers a huge variety of free resources and services to anyone looking for a job or planning a career change.
Toastmasters International, meanwhile, is dedicated to giving job seekers a competitive edge when applying for jobs or building their careers by helping them develop their communication skills and confidence.
Finally, the BizLaunch Entrepreneurship Pavilion welcomes entrepreneurship experts from organizations that can help you achieve your dreams of being your own boss.
The National Job Fair & Training Expo began in 2002 with 34 exhibitors and continues to grow. A record number of exhibitors are returning to the event -- which is testament to the quality candidates it attracts, says Levesque.
Get the most out of your visit by researching the list of exhibitors and checking out helpful tips at www.thenationaljobfair.com, including information about three common types of on-site interviews -- screening, mini and full -- and questions to ask recruiters.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
You will access 9,000+ employment and career opportunities from more than 60 sectors.
You can apply for a position on site.
You can be hired by your new employer before you even leave the event.
You will meet face to face with some 800 HR/recruiter/ career specialists.
You will save time in your job-search process by meeting with many employers under the same roof at the same time.
You will get a free resume assessment by professional resume writers.
You will find out what recruiters are really looking for.
You will find self-employment opportunities on site.
You will receive job-search advice from recruiters.
You will learn about educational facilities and discover new careers.
You will increase your networking contacts.
You will access various counselling services on site to help you find your next job.
You will have access to hundreds of job offers on the posting boards located in the Career Posting Zone.
You can gain interview experience.
You can get career training to reach new horizons.
You can explore the process of small business start-up.
You can attend 18 free, 45-minute public presentations.
You can attend 12 free, 60-minute entrepreneurship seminars.
You can obtain information about the career you wish to pursue.
You can find out more about your industry sector and its companies.
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