WATCH: Job seekers find Black Press’s career fair helpful

More than 30 booths were at the event

Red Deer’s Virgil Eatmon has been for looking for a job since summer.

He found Black Press’s first-in-Alberta career fair helpful.

The Extreme Education and Career Fair at Red Deer College’s Cenovus Learning Commons was open from 11 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

“I was just looking for work and I need something to do to pay the bills,” said Eatmon.

“I come from the oilfield, so now I’m trying to look for other trades and go for different options,” he explained.

The Red Deer resident brought two different versions of his resume, one for the trades industry and another for the hospitality industry.

The career fair supporter said there is a need for similar events.

Red Deer resident Debbie Walker has been searching for a job for the past four months. Thursday, she found helpful information at the fair in the caring for the senior population industry.

Linda Murray of Red Deer said career fairs are helpful overall.

“Even if you don’t necessarily find something that interests you, you still have people to touch base with, and know a little bit more about what’s out there,” Murray said.

There were 30 booths at the fair from various presenters. Some of them included RDC, Delmar College, Vancouver Island University, MC College, Bow Valley College, MacEwan University and Burman University.

Some of the industry leaders included Cord, 10 & 2 Driving School and Bravo Target Safety.

Allison Copleston, recruitment adviser at The Good Samaritan Society, was staffing one of the booths, and was in Red Deer from Lethbridge. She said the organization has facilities across Alberta and B.C., including a branch in Rocky Mountain House area.

Thursday was helpful for the recruiter, who found at least seven solid resumes in the nursing industry.

“It’s helpful to have your company name out there also,” said Copleston, adding the Red Deer’s central venue works for the agency.

“It’s also really nice because you can see the personality instead of just on paper, to put a face to a name.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Tractor fire east of Ponoka doused

Fire was Monday afternoon

Ponoka skate park closed due to vandalism, COVID-19 violations

Town says ‘extensive’ damage to be repaired

160 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta on Tuesday

Province now has 1,571 active cases

Return to class has gone better than expectation, WCPS says

Staff with Wolf Creek Public Schools say the return to in-class teaching has gone very well

Drive-in movie draws full parking lot

Town hosted showing of Onward Sept. 25

No safe mask option for bearded members, RCMP says, but force is exploring solutions

RCMP says respirator not mandatory in all front-line situations, but sometimes needed to reduce risk

Best of Ponoka Readers’ Choice Awards 2020

Here is your chance to show your support for the outstanding services… Continue reading

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

VIDEO: The Alan Jackson experience

Featuring Aaron Halliday at the Ponoka Legion

CP Holiday Train cancelled this year; virtual concert to be held in lieu of event

Canadian Pacific will still donate to local food banks in its network and host a virtual concert.

Survey finds doctors worry supplies of flu vaccine, PPE will lag demand

Canadian health officials have said additional flu vaccines have been ordered to meet expected demand

Ahead of likely second wave, 60% of Canadians relaxing COVID-19 measures

Proportion of Canadians following safety measures has dropped by 3 per cent in the past two weeks

Ponoka has a new seed library

Calling all gardeners: Ponoka Jubilee Library has started a community seed library… Continue reading

Most Read