Job fair connects workers with recruiting employers
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
Airdrie job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with hiring employers during Rocky View Employment Services’ (RVES) job and career fair March 23.
Of the 17 employment booths featured at the event, RVES program manager Abigail Gonzalez-Kube said each is actively hiring between one and 15 workers.
“It’s very important that (employers) are hiring (because) it’s respectful for the job seekers,” she said. “Otherwise, we don’t give them a booth in the job fair.”
The opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with actively recruiting employers is a valuable step up in the job market, Gonzalez-Kube said.
There are often hundreds of résumés submitted for each job opening, she said, with many candidates appearing qualified for the position on paper.
Shaking the hand of a potential employer can elevate a job seeker’s chances, Gonzalez-Kube said. It can help a job seeker stand out from a pile of résumés.
“It’s your personality and your demeanour that will make that difference,” she said. “These kinds of events provide you with that…opportunity.”
The job fair offers space for interviewing, Gonzalez-Kube said, which has been utilized at past events to conduct many informal interviews on the spot.
It is not uncommon to see employers scheduling future interviews with candidates they have been impressed by through five or 10 minutes of informal interviewing, according to Gonzalez-Kube.
“That has happened many times at our job fairs,” Gonzalez-Kube said.
The event will also feature a variety of service providers, such as Alberta Works, Volunteer Airdrie, SAIT and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society Alberta.
“The service providers are there to help any new residents to connect with the local resources,” Gonzalez-Kube said.
Another service provider at the job fair is RVES itself.
Free of charge, RVES offers employment workshops such as résumé crafting to Albertans seeking employment, according to Gonzalez-Kube.
RVES also offers a business centre with a designated co-ordinator that is updated with jobs daily and is divided by industry.
“Job seekers can come here and look for any type of job,” Gonzalez-Kube said. “Our job is to help Albertans regardless of age or academic background.”
RVES’ job and career fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at Rocky View Schools Education Centre, located at 2651 Chinook Winds Drive SW.
To learn more about RVES, visit airdrieemployment.com.