August 17, 2011

CNE Job Fair ... August 18th info

It's the final day of the 2011 SCCY CNE Job Fair - and the CNE officially opens in just two days!

Before I get the info on who is attending the job fair, I would like to thank all of you who have read and commented on my posts - I really appreciate it! I hope I was able to provide some great insider info on how to land a CNE job. And feel free to let me know what your experiences have been like - whether positive (I got the job!) or negative (I waited for 8 hours and didn't get an interview!).

As for today's employer list, there's just one employer scheduled to attend but it's still worthwhile to venture down to the Dufferin Gates.

At the moment, only Frontier Foods will be at the job fair from 10:00am to 12:00pm and they are looking to hire Counter Attendants. Although the schedule I have says that they are interviewing pre-screened candidates, you may want to head down there on the off-chance they have an extra interview spot or two.

But more importantly, if you go, you might also be able to walk around the CNE and speak with vendors directly who may need to hire additional staff. If you do decide to do this, read my post on how to find a job with the CNE for tips on how to uncover hidden CNE vendor jobs.

And yes, it's been successful - I've heard from a number of readers that they've scored last-minute jobs with CNE vendors. One in particular managed to land a $15/hr job helping a vendor set-up - not bad for spending a few hours walking around the CNE grounds!

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 manal.hossain@servicecanada.gc.ca.

Good luck - and again, thank you for reading and commenting! :-)

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