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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:33

Job fair attracts hundreds to Medicine Hat College

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The Medicine Hat College Centennial Hall / B-Wing was jammed with recruiters and job seekers  — both students and southeast Alberta residents — for the college’s annual spring job fair.

Shelly Drefs, student career services assistant for the Medicine Hat College, was one of those who helped organize the event.
She says the big difference between this winter/ spring job fair and the one in the fall is the one which occurred Feb. 26 is geared more towards summer/seasonal employment whereas the fall one is more about explaining the best route to get that particular career.
“It’s also smaller than our career fair in the fall,” explains Drefs who noted officials were pleased with the 42 exhibitors who were looking for prospective employees.
She says the fall fair usually gets between 65-75 exhibitors.
“There was a little bit of everything... we had some of the little businesses too and that was awesome.”
Exhibitors included law enforcement with officials looking more for long-term candidates, as well as representatives from Alberta Parks who were looking for workers for southeast’s provincial parks, Alberta Works and smaller private businesses.
Drefs received back the customer surveys, but hadn’t read all of them as of press time. She said just in passing however, the general consensus was exhibitors were pleased with the turnout.
While the college received close to 600 entries for a raffle, Drefs estimated through the discussions with those who had displays there could have been closer to 1,000 visitors, but there was “no way of knowing for sure.”
Drefs indicated they work with about 300 different businesses in regards to arranging face-to-face interviews in the college, putting up jobs postings and career alerts.
“It’s all about bringing employers and networking comfortably,” explains Drefs. “The students have experience under their belts from this (arrangement).
“Students have to be more proactive and take more proactive steps in getting a job. The faculty staff is doing a good job in doing that.”
She says coupled with the tips and advice on job interviews, resumés, interpersonal skills such as networking, the career centre helps students with and then bringing the business owners and recruiters in, the students can get a grasp of the current job market.
There are two employees in the career centre so Drefs says they are busy.
For more information and to receive resumé writing advice as well as tips for a successful job search visit: Updates will also be available on Twitter: @MHCollege via the hashtag #MHCJobFair.

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