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 2016 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 2016 recruitment fairs that I came across and you might be interested in:
When: October 13 – 14 2016
When: June 2nd – Sept 12th
Where: Toronto/Ottawa/ Montreal/ Hamilton/ Sudbury/ Timmins
Fee: Free but job seekers should register online
When: June 23rd – November 3rd 2016
When & Where:
Vancouver – September 24th 2016
Edmonton – September 25th 2016
Calgary – September 27th
Ottawa – September 29th 2016
Toronto – October 1st & 2nd 2016
Halifax – October 4th 2016
When & Where:
Whistler – November 1st & 2nd
They also hold job fairs during the first week of May for summer season & first week of October for winter in
When & Where:
October 26th for scheduled interviews
October 27th for drop-in
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