By Mark Squibb | Vol 7 No. 19 (Sept. 26, 2019)
The Mount Pearl – Paradise Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s annual job fair at the Reid Centre on Sept. 24.
16 different businesses and organizations, ranging from Tim Hortons to the Town of Paradise, had booths set up to meet potential employees.
“At the end of the day it really comes down to connecting people who are looking for employment with employers,” explained chamber president Dave Halliday.
Colleen Glynn and Heather Bishop of MGM National were at the job fair looking for instructors, and they may have found one.
“We’re looking for instructors to teach the Easy Safety Training system for us,” explained Glynn.
“One gentleman in particular was on disability, he had hurt himself working, so he can no longer work, but he has all the knowledge and experience and exposure to being on construction sites and off shore, so he would be an ideal candidate.”
They also had success networking with other businesses.
“We had some good people. We had some people from businesses that are going to take advantage of training their own staff to teach Easy Safety Training, which is going to cut their safety training costs significantly.”
Chad Decker is an HR Consultant, and owner of People Stuff with Chad Decker.
“I was hoping to get some resumes for positions I was recruiting for already, or will be in the future,” he explained.
Those positions included everything from delivery drivers to accountants to web deliveries.
He also had a chance to meet potential clients as well.
“I get to maybe talk with some of these employers and companies, that may need some help. It’s connections,” Chad Decker.
ASL interpreters were on site to ensure that the job fair was inclusive to all.
Despite a low number of attendees, Halliday said that the job fair will go ahead as per usually next year.
“If anyone attends it and finds an employment opportunity, or they meet someone new, then its well worth even if it isn’t drawing a huge amount of people,” said Halliday.