August 10, 2011

CNE Job Fair ... August 11th info

It's Day 4 of the SCCY CNE Job Fair and there's lots of different jobs still available - Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers, and Sales Associates are just some of the jobs that employers are looking to fill today.

Here is an up-to-date list of the employers scheduled to attend the SCCY CNE Job Fair - at the Dufferin Gates located at 10 Dufferin Street - on August 11:

Falafel Hut Villagewill be at the job fair from 11:00am to 1:00pm and they are looking to hire a number of Counter Attendants.

Island Foods will be at the job fair from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and they are looking to hire 12 Counter Attendants and 12 Kitchen Helpers.

Lip Labz will be at the job fair from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and they are looking to hire 5 Sales Associates.

And if you're looking for a full- or part-time job once the CNE ends and have you a food handling and/or SmartServe certificate, check out the 10 different jobs available with Centerplate. They will be at the job fair from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

If you're planning on attending the SCCY CNE Job Fair, here are some things to keep in mind:

1.) Take public transit. If going by the TTC, take the subway to Dufferin station and then take the 29 Dufferin bus southbound to the "Dufferin Gate Loop" stop. If you're going by GO Train, take the Lakeshore West train to Exhibition GO Station. After exiting the station, walk west along Manitoba Drive to Saskatchewan Road. Continue to walk west along Saskatchewan Road and then head north on Dufferin Street.

2.) Get your resume and cover letter ready. Download the free cover letter and resume templates I've developed. And if you need help, job fair staff will be on hand each day to help you tailor your resume and cover letter for the job(s) you want.

3.) Bring photo ID with you in case you get an on-the-spot job offer.

4.) Dress professionally - khakis or dress pants and a button shirt are perfect. And bring a sweater or rain jacket because the weather near the lake can change quickly.

5.) Arrive early to register for an interview slot because the job fair works on a first come, first served basis. Employers have a limited number of interview slots and the slots for the popular jobs fill quickly. According to some reports, students are lining up at 7am to secure an interview spot - so arrive early or you may be disappointed!

6.) After registering for an interview, stay close to the job fair area and don't leave. You may lose your spot if the job fair staff call you name and you don't show up.

7.) Bring activities like games, cards, or a book, along with drinks and snacks since the job fair is in an area where there isn't much going on.

8.) Have fun!

For more information, contact the SCCY - Dufferin Mall staff at 416 583 4849 or sign up for email updates with

Good luck - and remember to come back later for an updated list of employers attending tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

Hi. I haven't visited the CNE job fair yet but I am planning to. I'm scared now because I hear that people come at like 6 AM. I probably won't be able to come that early. Also, I was wondering how it works when you get there. Do you just drop off a resume or what ... ? Are they likely to hire a 16-year-old?

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comment! To answer your questions ...

1) Try and arrive as early as you can. The reason why some people arrive at 6am is that employers often have a fixed number of interview slots they are willing to book. So for example, an employer might want to interview 50 people for 10 jobs. Because of that, you'll find early line ups, in particular for days when popular employers attend the job fair.

2) When you arrive, you sign up for a particular interview time slot and then you wait around until your name is called. Then you interview directly with the employer.

3) Definitely - years ago when I organized the job fair, I had 14 year-old clients that walked away with 4 jobs offers each. They had some volunteer experience and some extracurricular activities, but that was it. Having a good resume and being professional and confident can go a long way!

I hope this helps - and feel free to get in touch if you have anymore questions! :-)

NMS said...

Hey. i stood on the line from 7 am in the morning and stood there, along with a lot of other people, through the heavy rain, for 6 hrs 26 min (i actually timed us...) and then the person came and said that he was sorry the employeers only wanted this many ppl and they cut the line less than 20 people infront of where we were standing!!!! Seriously! i mean u guys should ask the employeers beforehand abt how many people they are seeking and stuff and cut the line earlier so people wont have to waste their time and energy. My heels still hurts man!:( Do you think the SCCY should start doing that from now on? Sure would help a lot...even though there would be even MORE competition...

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comments. I'm really sorry to hear about your experience today - it's always frustrating when that happens. But just so you know, I don't work for the SCCY program - I just highlight the job fair for my readers.

With that being said, 5 years ago I worked for the SCCY program and we never really had a similar problem, except on days that the midway rides and games companies were hiring. What I would recommend is getting in touch with the Dufferin SCCY office by calling 416 583 4849 and letting them know about your experience - they're always looking to improve the job fair.

As for securing a CNE job, here's what I recommend. Over the next few days, more and more CNE vendors will arrive and start setting up. Take a few hours and walk through the CNE grounds with a stack of resumes and ask people if they are hiring. It's one of the best ways to find a job with the CNE and most of the time, you'll be able to find all those hidden jobs that aren't advertised anywhere. I know it's not any consolation for standing around and waiting today, but walking through the grounds could net you better results! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hello. The CNE job fair is at the Dufferin Gates right? What do you mean by "walk around CNE" ? Aren't there only gonna be trailers at Dufferin Gates?

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comment!

Yes, the job fair takes place at the Dufferin Gates. But if you want to find a non-advertised job, you can walk around the CNE grounds with your resume and hand it out to the vendors who are setting up. Some great places to check out include the Food Building, the Better Living Centre, and the Direct Energy Building.

Anonymous said...

If we were to go search around the vendors what time do you recommend on going?

Anonymous said...

If we were to go search around the vendors what time do you recommend on going?

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! You can try anytime really. I would think late morning or early afternoon would be best because you'd have the highest number of vendors setting up.

One thing I've heard is that some of the CNE guards aren't letting people through to the grounds. If that's the case, explain that you're trying to find a job and wanting to speak with some vendors to see if you can get a job. If that doesn't work, you can always say you're a new hire with one of the vendors and it's your first day - hopefully that will work.