There are more international job fairs and recruitment expos available to attend then ever before. So where do I begin to look for a job? Firstly, there are tons of websites for you to trawl through for job opportunities in Canada but I am just going to highlight a few that caught my eye. Google is probably going to be your first search option when you start your new job plan but a good way to showcase your personality and skills is by attending one of the many Job expos. If you are looking for work in Canada at the moment or you are planning to look for work in the coming months there are a few 2014 recruitment fairs’ listed below for you to check out. Exhibitions and Fairs are great ways of getting a chance to meet with recruitment agencies and companies. Here are some of the 2014 recruitment fairs that I came across and you might be interested in:
When: April 2 + 3, 2014
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
When: March 7 – 20, 2014
Fee: Free but job seekers should register online
When & Where:
Hamilton – January 30, 2014
Etobicoke – February 13, 2014
Mississauga – March 12, 2014
Scarborough – May 29, 2014
When & Canada 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre – February 26, 2014
Ottawa Convention Centre – February 28, 2014
Montreal Convention Centre – March 1, 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre – March 2, 2014
When & Where:
Johannesburg – Feb 22 + 23, 2014
Manchester – March 15 + 16, 2014
Dublin – March 19, 2014
London – March 22 + 23, 2014
When & Where:
Dublin – March 22 + 23, 2014 Royal Dublin Society
Cork – March 26, 2014 The Regency Suite
Manchester – March 29 + 30, 2014 Medici Ballroom, Renaissance Hotel
I have a few simple tips for when you are attending recruitment fairs:
How to Dress: This is your time to shine! Always remember to wear your smile just as much as you’re neatly pressed shirt. A well ironed suit and a friendly face can go a long way when you are trying to give a good first impression. Here is a dress tip that I used: Put a pop of colour into your outfit, like a coloured scarf or a quirky man-bag, red is very eye-catching. You want to look professional but you also need to stand out from the crowd.
What to Bring: Bring CV’s in your handbag or carry them in a folder (Don’t fold the CV’s). It is always a good idea to have prepared CV’s and some relevant references, including any education transcripts if you are meeting with recruitment consultants and potential employers.
Arrive Early: Did you ever hear the saying “the early bird catches the worm”? This can be applied to life. If you arrive early to a recruitment fair you are first in line to meet a potential employer and have more time to speak with new contacts.
Network: Introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Even if you don’t think a recruitment firm is an appropriate match for your skills you never know who or what they know. It is important at the early stages of job hunting to keep all doors open and connect with all of the agencies at these types of events.
Always follow up: When you follow up after a recruitment fair you can get specific; highlighting your skills, drives and motivations. This is when you introduce yourself via cover letter and let them know how delighted you were to meet them at the jobs fair. Remind them of your ‘pop of color’ so that they will remember you the next time a suitable role lands on their desks. You could say “Remember me; I was the guy with the purple man bag”.
If this doesn’t work don’t give up, try a different route – “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” Thomas Edison