WorkPEI Career Fairs will be held across the Island in March. The career fairs, hosted by Workforce and Advanced Learning, will provide companies an opportunity to meet with job seekers and discuss hiring needs.
The Career Fair schedule
- March 6 (storm date, March 7) Montague: Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, 2 pm to 6 pm
- March 8 (storm date, March 9) O’Leary: Mill River Resort, 2 pm to 6 pm
- March 13 (storm date, March 14) Summerside: Credit Union Place, 2 pm to 6 pm
- March 15 (storm date, March 16) Charlottetown, Eastlink Centre, 2 pm to 6 pm
“Our Government is pleased to sponsor career fairs across the province to connect employers with job seekers and promote the many employment services and programs available to help build a strong workforce,” says Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant.
“Our priority is to help all Islanders succeed and prosper so they can make great things happen on Prince Edward Island.”
Help for employers
SkillsPEI staff will be available during the WorkPEI Career Fairs to discuss programs that employers may be able to use when hiring staff. Private meeting rooms will be available for interviews, if required.
They will also help employers register with WorkPEI.ca. For employers, the most attractive benefit of registering with WorkPEI.ca is the ability to search the candidate database without going through the job posting process. Employers can contact candidates directly, manage applications from their employer dashboard, and post jobs for free as well.
Help for job seekers
SkillsPEI staff at each fair will also be available to assist job seekers to complete their WorkPEI.ca profile. There will also be a photographer on site to take a head shot to be used in their profile.
The largest benefit for job seekers to be profiled on WorkPEI.ca is being considered for jobs that are not advertised. Members can sign up for job alerts, for positions that match their interests, book mark jobs to access later, and use the online resumé builder.
Let's talk jobs to be filled
To date, over 60 unique employers have registered to attend the career fairs held across the Island. This adds up to at least 400 jobs that will be promoted and available to be filled.
Open positions will be in the following sectors:
- information technology
Let's talk more career options
Many career choices will be promoted to encourage you to make PEI the place to live, learn, and work.
Some examples of representatives who will be on-hand at various locations:
- Canada Revenue Agency – Summerside Tax Centre
- CPA Atlantic School of Business – has a mission to attract, educate, and qualify individuals to become Chartered Professional Accountants
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- Canadian Armed Forces
Sessions will be held at each career fair by representatives such as:
- Canada Student Loans – let’s talk money for post-secondary education
- Canada Learning Bond – money the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child’s Registered Education Savings Plan
New this year: Try-a-Trade event
One of the events to be held at each career fair is Try-A-Trade, hosted by Skills Canada-PEI. “This event will let people find out more about Trade & Technology education and certification on PEI,” says Tawna MacLeod, Executive Director.
“Robotics will be highlighted at each fair. This is a multidisciplinary field that involves several different skill sets and trade areas, including Electrical, Electronics, and Welding. Due to improvements in computers and the increasing use of robots, companies must now be able to use these emerging technologies in the design and manufacture of products to remain competitive.”
A former National Skills Canada competitor will do interactive Robotics demonstrations, and industry experts in Electronics and Electrical will also be on hand.
“We will also host a speaker series with representatives from Apprenticeship, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and PEI employers who currently employ foreign workers. Speakers will provide information to newcomers and employers about working, certification, and trades on PEI.”
Employer's success last year
Mike Annear is the Project Manager of Kings County Construction Limited in Montague. Last year, the company was recruiting staff at the career fair hosted by SkillsPEI. Jobs available at this company included Landscapers, Truckers, Heavy Equipment Operators, Heavy Duty Mechanics and General Labourers.
“We were looking for people with an updated resumé related to our field, people who were familiar with our company who were eager to work,” says Mike. “We were so pleased to have hired people after connecting with them at the career fair.”
Students comment on how job seekers and employers can prepare
Holland College Adult Education students in Montague agree that a career fair is an opportunity to provide resumés and to network with potential employers.
Students say they have a role to play when going to these events, and that the employers also play an important part in the experience.
Students think job seekers should present themselves in a professional manner with appropriate attire and have the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with employers.
Employers must be approachable. Students suggest that staff walk around, welcoming and introducing themselves to job seekers. As well, offering business cards and an invitation to their booth would be a good ice-breaker.
How to maximize your networking opportunities at WorkPEI Career Fairs
Lynn Connolly is a career practitioner with Career Development Services in Charlottetown. She offers the following advice for job seekers attending the career fairs.
- Update your resumé and references.
- Research the exhibitors you would like to meet. What are some of the job titles within their organization? Don’t just consider the current jobs available.
- Practice your script. What skills and experience can you offer the potential employer? Do you have any questions for the company?
- Go early to beat the crowds.
- Dress for success and smile.
- Visit each booth on your own.
- Don’t chew gum or eat food while speaking with exhibitors.
- Do not wear perfume and avoid unwanted odors such as cigarettes.
- Introduce yourself and shake hands.
- Make sure to get contact information such as a business card from each exhibitor you are interested in.
- Don’t overstay your welcome. A five-minute discussion is all you need.
- Record information for later reference.
- Follow up with a phone call or email. Remind them of your conversation, and let them know that you are interested.
Information sessions and vendors will vary at each career fair location. For information about the WorkPEI Career Fairs, companies recruiting, and other representatives presenting information about career options on PEI, visit www.workpei.ca.