The tenth annual Huntsville Job Fair offers a great opportunity to both job seekers and potential employers to meet one another.
Taking place on March 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Active Living Centre in the Canada Summit Centre, the job fair has seen numerous successful encounters for businesses and individuals.
Sponsors of the job fair include the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Huntsville, Employment Ontario, the District of Muskoka and more.
Over the past nine years, the job fair in Huntsville has drawn big crowds. Over 600 job seekers are expected to pass through the Centre and the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka Employment and Literacy Services has seen great support from businesses in the community year after year.
From retail outlets to tourism hot spots and several other employment segments, the job fair quite often has something for everyone.
Whether looking for a career change or wanting a summer job, job seekers have a vast array of choices with over 40 businesses set to attend.
YMCA job developer Mary Ellen Fetterly says there are many individuals willing to help with building resumes and job fair tips at the YMCA Employment and Literacy Service office. It’s a great chance to get one’s resume updated and to learn about new careers in the community.
She says those looking for more information can visit www.employmentresources.jimbo.com or visit the YMCA Employment and Literacy Service Facebook page.
“We have many great resources for those seeking employment and businesses as well,” says Fetterly. “We’re here to help our community in every way possible when it comes to its employment needs.”
She mentions The Coaching Corner featuring career coach Sandra Rosewarne from Career Discovery is back for the second straight year. Rosewarne will be on hand to offer free job search tips to job seekers.
“Take the opportunity to ask your questions to a professional,” says Fetterly.
Job seekers looking for more information on particular careers can hold informational interviews and ask important questions to help them make decisions on future career paths.
Hunters Bay Radio spoke to several job seekers at last year’s fair and each of them commented positively about their experience. Many were young people looking for summer jobs with a restaurant or resort while still others were onto second and third careers.
And although for employers it’s definitely an opportunity to find that dynamic new staff member, it’s also a chance to market one’s business to hundreds of potential customers, says YMCA job developer Mary Ellen Fetterly.
Fetterly says a lot can be learned by both employers and job seekers when meeting face-to-face. The Huntsville Job Fair offers private interview booths for businesses wanting to find out more from a potential employee.
“Job fairs help to stimulate the economy by bringing employers and job seekers together,” says Fetterly. “It’s good for an employer to get a feel for what prospective employees have to offer. It helps save time, money and gives the businesses publicity to the hundreds of job seekers attending the fair.”
Photograph courtesy of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce