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Spring job fair in qathet region provides power of connection

Job seekers can meet with potential employers at upcoming event
inclusion Powell River employment counsellor Staci McClure [left] and WorkBC Centre Powell River manager Brodie D’Angio.

Looking for employment opportunities in the qathet region? inclusion Powell River and WorkBC - Powell River are hosting a Spring Job Fair on Thursday, May 4, from 1 to 3 pm at the Arc Community Event Centre (7055 Alberni Street).

The job fair will allow job seekers to connect with potential employers, spanning from industries such as retail, social services, health care, hospitality and trades. While most employers will have current job postings, others may seek to establish relationships with job seekers for future employment opportunities.

The fair is designed to make applications more accessible and efficient, and streamline the hiring process.

“We want to create a space where job seekers can meet with local employers,” explains Brodie D’Angio, WorkBC Centre - Powell River manager. “We know job hunting can be a challenging process, so we hope this job fair will provide a unique opportunity for job seekers to network, meet with employers face-to-face and potentially secure a job.”

According to D’Angio, the job fair provides job seekers a chance to talk about their skills and talents in a supportive environment.

“Having something face-to-face really benefits all parties,” he says. “It creates an opportunity to make an impression, give context to your resume, speak to your skills, and help accomplish in just a few hours what might otherwise take weeks to achieve.”

Job seekers should come prepared with their resumes and be ready to discuss their experience and qualifications. D’Angio advises dressing appropriately for the type of role they are interested in, whether it is a skilled labourer, office worker or restaurant server.

“We’ve had great feedback from previous job fair attendees saying they appreciate the opportunity to connect with employers,” explains D’Angio. “Some people have found jobs directly through that engagement. For others, it might just be that starting point of a relationship with an employer, but it’s still that opportunity.”

Staci McClure, employment counsellor for inclusion Powell River, says WorkBC granted an opportunity to offer support to the public who may have barriers in attending this event.

“inclusion Powell River is happy to join many other communities around the province by partnering up with WorkBC - Powell River to host an accessible job fair,” adds McClure. “We’re thrilled to be able to use our expertise in inclusive employment and offer any accommodations that may help people get in the door.”

The Arc Community Event Centre is a wheelchair-accessible venue with designated parking out front. Anyone requiring assistance with transportation or translation services can call 604.485.4628, extension two or three, before May 2 to arrange support.

inclusion Powell River employment counsellors will be on-site to meet with any community members looking for a quick interview refresher, as well as any other supports needed. For parents attending the event, an interactive kids’ corner will be available to keep children engaged while their parents meet with prospective employers.

Employers can reserve a table by contacting the organizers at 604.485.7958, or emailing [email protected].

“We encourage employers to come prepared with their job postings and be open to conducting on-the-spot interviews,” says D’Angio. “Our goal is to help facilitate a seamless process for employers to connect with potential employees and ultimately create a win-win for both parties.

“Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to connect, network and secure your future at our upcoming job fair.”