Unemployed, out of work, in-between jobs; whatever you call it, finding a job can be a daunting task. There are many resources in the Halton region for people seeking employment, including various job fairs and career centres.
Head to the Burlington Convention Centre at 1120 Burloak Drive, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 for the Halton Job Fair.
This is a great chance to meet with many potential employers such as IKEA, Bayshore Home Health, Evertz Microsystems, YMCA or the Halton Region. Many more employers will be in attendance; admission and parking are free.
Here are a few tips to consider when preparing:
• Dress and speak professionally. Be sure to look presentable and speak well. First impressions are everything so you’ll be a hard sell to a prospective employer if you’re wearing a stained shirt and running shoes, and not looking them in the eye.
• Bring resumes. Talk to as many companies as you can and leave behind your information so you can be easily reached, if they are interested. If you need help updating your resume, seek out a career centre such as the YMCA Career Development & Learning Centre, or the Centre for Skills Development & Training.
• Be prepared to interview on the spot. Beforehand, think about some of your strong points, weaknesses and past experiences. Have the information fresh in case a prospective employer is ready to speak with you right away. If required to fill out application forms, a pen or pencil might be helpful.
• If the information is available, do your research and find out which companies you’d like to target. Networking with any company could be beneficial so don’t rule out any prospects without speaking to a representative about the company first. You never know what opportunity might be available.
• While researching companies you’d like to work for, find out some information about each business; their history, mission statement or what exactly they do. Having some knowledge about them might help leave a good impression on a potential employer by showing them that you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile.
• Collect business cards or contact information from prospective companies. Contact them within 24-48 hours to thank them for taking the time to speak with you. Let them know you’re interested in working for their company. This is not only courteous, but grabs the attention of the company/employer who may be in charge of hiring. A personal touch or simple thank-you can go a long way.
• Smile. A prospective employer probably wants a happy, energetic candidate to consider. If you’re walking around looking at the ground or seem bored, they may form a negative opinion about you or your abilities.
For more information about the Employment Halton Job Fair, as well as upcoming job fairs, dial 311 or (905) 825-6000, toll-free 1 (866) 442-5866 or visit www.HaltonJobs.ca. Employment Halton is located at 2441 Lakeshore Road East #16 in Oakville. Hours of operation: Monday to Wednesday, Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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