Job fair provides valuable leads
For Thomas Sinnott, going to the Glengarry Inter-Agency Group’s job fair at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria last Wednesday afternoon was one of the best things he could do.
The unemployed 25-year-old Lancaster resident has been looking for work for quite some time.
After spending an hour or so talking with the dozen plus employers who crammed into the centre, he walked away with a few job leads.
He says he’s already had an interview with Olymel’s meat processing plant in Cornwall and has had a referral to a water and wastewater treatment plant.
So, it was good news for people looking for work and for companies looking for employees.
Alex David, General Manager of Maxville Farm Machinery, was at the fair looking for skilled labour – sales and agriculture technology – as well as more generalized labour.
“Some of the jobs require a deeper education,” he said.
Knowledge is vital
“In sales, for example, it helps if you have a farming background. There’s nothing more aggravating to a farmer than showing up at a place and the guy has no idea what a farmer needs. Farmers are busy. They don’t have time to waste time.”
Julie Zimmermann, Project Manager at the Dalkeith-based Scherer Gardening, is in a similar situation. Although she’s looking for general labour for the expanding business, she also needs more specialized help such as foremen, heavy machinery operators and accountants.
Julie Séguin, Human Resources Technician at Alexandria’s KP Windows, has spent a lot of time recently at job fairs. Her company just participated in one in Hawkesbury before coming to Alexandria.
“In the spring, we often look for factory employees,” she says. “This fair is a good way to make contacts. The Glengarry InterAgency Group is a good help for us.”
For Nicole Bissonnette, a human resources advisor for Carefor’s Cornwall district office, some vacancies have proven to be exceptionally challenging. Example: Foot care nurse. “That’s tough to fill because it’s a highneeds profession,” she says. ”You have to be an RN but you also have to have a special certificate for foot care.”
Other than that, Carefor – which offers support housing and hospice services – is looking for PSWs and RPNs for a hospice.
Jason Smith of the Green Valley-based Red Robin Home Services is seeking people to help with full-service property maintenance.
Last year, he had a handful of employees but says he’s going to need more as his company lands more contracts.
He mows the grass at Lancaster’s Flying J, for example, and has a fleet of trucks and trailers. Now, he’ll need workers to help with everything from washing windows to declogging gutters.
“It’s my first time at this job fair,” he said. “It’s going well.”
AT THE JOB FAIR: Julie Zimmermann, Project Manager at Dalkeith’s Scherer Gardening, chats with a woman at the Glengarry Inter-Agency Group’s job fair at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria last Wednesday afternoon.