Job fair pro­vides valu­able leads

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.”

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

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.

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