Job shop made easy at Okotoks career fair

Employment: Foothills job seekers invited to network with employers

By: Darlene Casten

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 06:00 am

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It’s a rare opportunity to meet with employers, in today’s world where most job seeking is done online, but foothills residents will get the chance next week.

More than 35 employers, post-secondary institutions and service providers will set up shop Feb. 26 at the Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks, to look for potential employees and share information. The fair will be held between 2 and 8 p.m. in the school’s gym.

The career fair is put on by McBride Career Group in partnership with the high school and the Town of Okotoks.

Amber Chapman, a career counselor with McBride, said the fair for anyone looking for a job, a new career path or people who are seeking information about what is out there.

“Its open to anyone and everyone,” Chapman said. “We are hoping that anyone that is looking for work, looking to back to school or looking for resources are coming out.”

This is the fifth year the career fair has been held in Okotoks and Chapman said last year they had 273 people come through.

She said visitors can expect to meet employers looking to fill jobs.

“Come prepared for an on-the-spot interview,” she said. “Have a resume on hand.”

Last year about half of the employers filled positions with people they met at the career fair, she said.

“We will survey employees and see fi they were able to fill positions,” Chapman said. “We hear after that it is a very successful way to find a job.”

Employers at this year’s fair include businesses such as Kayben Farms, Mullen Trucking, Cargill, Safeway, Okotoks Honda, D’arcy Ranch and the Turner Valley Golf Course. Post secondary institutions in attendance include the University of Victoria, University of Regina, SAIT and Lethbridge University, allowing students and older graduates to meet with representatives from institutions outside of Calgary, as well as those in the city.

There will also be opportunities to talk to recruiters and others working in their field and ask questions about their professions.

“We will have a couple of unions there talking about careers in the trade industry,” Chapman said.

Members of the boilermaker union and heat and frost insulators will be on hand, as will the Canadian Armed Forces.

Service providers, such as SNAPS, a local organization that provides assistance to those with special needs, will also have booths to give people information about what they provide.

Chapman said McBride hosts the annual career fair in Okotoks and several more in High River because they are in the business of assisting in people’s job search.

“What we do on a daily basis is help people find work and help them with career planning,” Chapman explained.

They have an office in Okotoks at 87 Elizabeth Street and in High River at 28-12 Avenue S.E.

For more information about the career fair call 403-995-4377.


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