West Coast Job Expo March 2, 2018

Click HERE for a list of Employers who are attending, and tips for How to Get the Most out of a job fair.

Click HERE to view the Bus Schedule for a FREE ride to the Job Expo.

2018 West Coast Job Expo

Employers & Agencies who are attending:

Best Western Tin Wis Resort  BlackRock Oceanfront Resort  Canadian Coast Guard
Creative Salmon ♦ First Nations Health Authority  INEO Employment Services 
Cermaq Canada  CIBC Tofino & Ucluelet  Wickaninnish Inn  Wya Point Resort
Industry Training Authority  Jamie's Rainforest Inn  Long Beach Lodge
Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training Program  Pacific Rim National Park Reserve 
Ocean Village Resort  Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation  Pacific Sands Beach Resort
West Coast NEST  T'ashii Paddle School  Tofino/Ucluelet Co-op  Shelter Restaurant
HI-Tofino (Whalers on the Point)  Amazing Tans Gift Shop  Tofino Resort & Marina
Tourism Tofino  Bernie's Surfside Cleaning Services  Tofino Cleaning Company
Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods  Uu-a-thluk (NTC Fisheries)  Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce
Remote Passages Marine Excursions Tree House Gift Company
WorkBC/Alberni Valley Employment Centre  Tofino Icehouse & Oyster Bar
 
 
The time to start preparing for a Career Fair is weeks, not days or hours before attending.  Read "How to get the most out of our Career Fair", and if you need more assistance, contact us at the numbers listed on the poster above, and we'll help you get ready.
 

How to get the most out of our Job Expo:


First, it's important to consider why employers come to a Career Fair.  Here are several reasons:

  • exposure to many applicants in one day
  • to discuss the training requirements, skills and qualifications required to be successful in a position
  • a chance to promote career opportunities in their business or industry
  • to interact face-to-face with applicants, in order to assess their people skills and personality rather than just read about their job history on a resume
  • ideally, to hire someone to fill a current vacancy!

With these employer expectations in mind, here are some tips for how to be successful at a Career Fair:

  1. Remember that this is a networking opportunity.  While many employers will be hiring on the spot (they have at our past events), not all employers at the Career Fair will be hiring for immediate vacancies.  Your mission for the day is to collect information, make contacts, and learn as much as you can about what employers are looking for in the people they hire.   Talk to the employers and show them you know something about their company; tell them why you are interested in working for them, and collect as many business cards, names, and email addresses as possible.  When the employer does have a position to offer, you can stand out by reminding them that you met at the Career Fair.
  2. Dress like you would for an interview.  What you wear to the Career Fair is the most important part of making a good first impression; remember, employers are there so they can meet applicants face-to-face.  Even if you are targeting industrial or labour positions, dress in clothes that are slightly above the standard you would expect to see in the workplace.
  3. Be enthusiastic. Employers will usually prefer to hire someone who is enthusiastic over someone who has all the skills, but doesn't seem very interested.  Demonstrate your communication skills by offering a firm handshake and showing good eye contact, a smile, and a positive attitude. Focus on your talents, your strengths, and what you have to offer based on the employer's needs.
  4. Plan your priorities for the day and research the companies you hope to speak to.  The Career Fair will be very busy, and there may be line-ups at some tables, so do your homework before you arrive.  From the list on this page, identify which companies you are targeting and do some research into what they do and what their needs are.  Most importantly, show that you know what their goals are, and how you can help them accomplish those goals.  You can give yourself the edge over other applicants by impressing them with your knowledge and preparation.
  5. Bring resumes targeting the employers on your list.  Once you've decided which employers you would like to visit, make sure you have resumes targeting the jobs they might have to offer.  It will not be very useful to hand a resume showing your skills as a cook to a company looking to hire cleaners, for example.  Prepare ahead of time and make sure the skills summary on your resume has the skills the employer is looking for.  
  6. Follow up after the fair.  If there is an employer at the event with whom you felt you developed a rapport or made a good impression, contact them within about 2 weeks of the Career Fair. Send an email or card letting them know how much you enjoyed meeting them, and restate your interest in working for them.  Similarly, if you see a job posting for one of the employers you talked to, mention the contact in your cover letter or email when you submit your resume to apply.

 

Bus Schedule for 2018 WC Job Expo



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