Fair puts job prospects in one place

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - TIM KALI­NOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

Medicine Hat Col­lege’s spring job fair had good pub­lic at­ten­dance Wed­nes­day and more than 50 lo­cal em­ploy­ers on hand look­ing to fill a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions.

“Lots of peo­ple from the com­mu­nity and stu­dents have turned out,” con­firmed or­ga­nizer Shelly Drefs. “I think a lot of peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how much of the job mar­ket is hid­den.

“About 80 per cent of jobs are not nec­es­sar­ily pub­licly ad­ver­tised, so I think a lot of peo­ple aren’t sure how to make those con­nec­tions. Net­work­ing events like this are a great source for mak­ing those con­nec­tions.”

Nurs­ing stu­dent Keely Koch was all smiles af­ter speak­ing with sev­eral prospec­tive em­ploy­ers.

“It’s nice to see there are avail­able jobs out there, es­pe­cially for col­lege stu­dents,” said Koch. “You can look at job post­ings and what­not but ac­tu­ally hav­ing that in­ter­per­sonal con­tact with po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers makes it even more re­al­is­tic. I am so happy I came to­day.”

Cy­press Health Re­gion re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion co­or­di­na­tor Jes­sica Gies­brecht said it made per­fect sense for her to come down from Swift Cur­rent to pitch directly to stu­dents like Koch.

“I think a job fair like this is at­trac­tive be­cause of the num­ber of peo­ple who end up com­ing,” said Gies­brecht. “We also get to have that back-and­forth. The per­sonal touch is very im­por­tant.”

Medicine Hat Sun Life Fi­nan­cial man­ager Martin Di­enn had the same feel­ing. Speak­ing over the hurly burly in the busy hall­way, Di­enn said the fair was a great op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with a va­ri­ety of peo­ple.

“Ba­si­cally, our job is to search out and look for qual­ity peo­ple who are look­ing for a change in their life. The abil­ity to have a ca­reer where they can take charge of their own busi­ness ... We have found com­ing to the ca­reer fair here, you get age de­mo­graph­ics all the way through, and all kinds of dif­fer­ent peo­ple. So we get to see peo­ple in a much larger view than we nor­mally would.”

For more ma­ture MHC busi­ness and mar­ket­ing stu­dent Joseph Scott, walk­ing the con­course with arms weighed down by pam­phlets and brochures, Di­enn’s words were mu­sic to his ears.

“I see a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties here to­day for some­one like me with a lit­tle more grey hair on his head. I am en­joy­ing my­self very much here to­day,” he said.

About 800-1,000 peo­ple on aver­age at­tend the col­lege’s fall and spring job fairs. Drefs said it was a ser­vice MHC was happy to of­fer.

“I think we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be a good, com­mu­nity cit­i­zen. We have a re­la­tion­ship with a lot of these em­ploy­ers. As part of the ca­reer cen­tre, they will of­ten send us job post­ings. But this event is for the com­mu­nity too, to help peo­ple know what jobs are out there.”

NEWS PHOTO EMMA BEN­NETT

Isy Osaji talks with Janelle Hul­lah from the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at the Medicine Hat Col­lege Job Fair.

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