August 7, 2009

Summer Job Spotlight ... CNE hiring fair next week!

If you still don't have a job, or just want something that's temporary and will end when school begins, then you'll definitely want to check out the week-long Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) job fair hosted by the Service Canada Centre for Youth - Toronto Dufferin location.

This year, there are hundreds of jobs available with a variety of vendors operating at the CNE. You can check out who is hiring and what jobs are available by clicking here.

Here are the details for the job fair:

Date: August 10th to 14th

Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm each day

Location: CNE - Dufferin Gates (in the parking lot across from the CNE)

To get there, take the 29 Dufferin bus from Dufferin station and get off at the Dufferin Gates stop near a large arch. From there, look for a large tent with trailers and people standing around - that's where the job fair will be. And should you get lost, find Medieval Times and it's a short walk from there.

Now when you arrive, you'll have to sign up for an interview time and you can only sign-up for one spot - if you'd like another interview, you'll have to go to the back of the line and wait.

Interviews are scheduled within a certain time block on a first-come, first-served basis. For example, if an employer says they'd like to interview 20 applicants, only the first 20 applicants will get an interview spot - and most of the interview spots, especially with the popular positions, will go quickly.

So arrive early!

Now, because the job fair runs throughout the day, you might have to schedule your time at 9:30am and then wait until 2:00pm for your interview. I advise bringing some sort of activity to keep you busy (e.g. bring a book, hand-held game system, cards, etc.). Also, think about bringing some snacks and water as the closest restaurants are north on King Street West.

And as with any job fair, make sure you have a knockout cover letter and resume ready. Try and personalize both your resume and cover letter if possible using as much information you can gather from the job listings.

At the same time, I recommend bringing extra copies of a more generic resume just in case there are interview openings or no-shows - you might decide at the last-minute you'd like an interview for another job.

I also recommend dressing in a business casual way - don't go overly fancy because it can get hot waiting around. But you can't go wrong with a nice pair of khaki chinos and a white button shirt.

Good luck!

P.S. There will also be Youth Services Officers around to help you understand the entire process and, if necessary, create a resume and cover letter. Plus, there could be a trailer with computers and a printer available - but don't count on it! You're better off coming prepared with everything you'll need to land your ideal job at the CNE!


Unknown said...

hi just wondering does the 29 bus come in to duffrin station or do u have to walk to duffrin and bloor.

Andrew Hercules said...

No, the bus does not enter Dufferin station - and you will need a transfer in order to board the bus!

Unknown said...

how early do you think i should go. i was thinking like 8;30am 9am???

Andrew Hercules said...

8:30am should be fine, but don't be surprised if there is a long line already. When I was helping organize it back in 2005/2006, some students would show up at 7:30am or 8am just so they could be guaranteed a spot.

Mohamed said...

I wanna have a interview with Entertainment Liquidators of Canada. Do you know if this is a popular job???

Andrew Hercules said...

It could be. It's hard to say. Most often, the jobs that pay the most, or have the most vacancies, are very popular. If that's the job you want, then definitely have a good resume and cover letter - but bring extras in case there are extra interview spots available with other companies.

Anonymous said...

are there different interview stations for different positions that you can sign up for or you only get to sign up once and it's the same interviwer for all jobs. and should i perpare different resume for another position just in case i didn't get the first job?

Andrew Hercules said...

When you arrive, you register to be interviewed by the company offering the job you'd like. Each company has their own interviewer and if more than one company is booked at a time, they conduct their interviews in two separate trailers.

And yes, I recommend preparing resumes for all of the jobs available on that particular day. And it doesn't hurt to carry a few generic resumes on the off-chance that a last-minute employer shows up.

For a complete listing of the jobs available each day, check out