This afternoon, the Sault College Student Success and Job Centre, in partnership with Employment Solutions, offered an opportunity for employers, agencies, and community members on the job hunt to network and make valuable connections.
The Sault College Job & Career Fair hosted over sixty employers and service providers, all of whom are hiring, or in the business of helping people to find jobs, explained Ray Corcoran, Student Employment Officer at Sault College.
The place was buzzing with curiosity, excitement, and fruitful conversation.
This event was open to the public, giving students and non-students alike the chance to mingle with professionals in from a variety of fields and vocations, including technical, hospitality, labour, retail, healthcare business, legal, and social services.
Terry Butler, Recruitment Manager at Plan A Algoma, one of many employers who set up shop at the job fair, told me a little about her process at meet-and-greet events like this. “We conduct on the spot interviews, and after checking references, we can hire immediately,” she explained. “It’s a great opportunity for nursing students because we can hire them after one year as PSWs (Personal Support Workers), so they can get experience in the field and we can help to build our base of PSWs.”
Plan A Algoma, which specializes in hiring Personal Support Workers, Registered Nurses, and Registered Practical Nurses to provide immediate and short-term health care staffing solutions in the long-term care sector, received twenty resumes and conducted five on the spot interviews by 1:30pm – only an hour and a half into the job fair.
And she wasn’t the only busy bee at this event.
Tenaris had a line going out the door of the gymnasium, filled with eager students and job-seekers looking for an opportunity to be a part of the Sault’s largest industry.
Ryan Wieczor, Director of Business development at Freedom 55 Financial, a long-time attendee of the Sault College Job & Career Fair, stated that they normally receive 30-40 resumes in a day at this event. He also explained that they normally hire homegrown, Sault College and Algoma U Alumni, so events like these are perfect opportunities to meet up-and-comers in the Sault Ste. Marie business community.
In addition to full-time careers, Alex Boudreau, Human Resources Assistant at the City of Sault Ste. Marie, rattled off a number of summer and part-time positions with good pay for the city which are great options for students returning in the fall semester who need extra cash.
Passersby in the event were given the opportunity to fill out a survey evaluating the job fair for the chance to win a $100 pre-paid visa, one for the participants and one for the employers in attendance.