August 5, 2011

CNE Job Fair ... Update #1

Okay, the wait is finally over.

That's right - today I'm talking about what so many people have emailed me about - the annual Service Canada CNE Job Fair!

If you've never heard of the job fair, here's the Coles Notes version. Each year, staff from the Service Canada Centre for Youth in Dufferin Mall organize a job fair that attracts a range of employers that operate during the CNE. And because of the size and duration of the CNE, these employers need to fill hundreds of full-time and part-time CNE jobs and hence the reason for the job fair.


This year, the SCCY CNE Job Fair will run from Monday, August 8th through until Wednesday, August 17th. Each day, the job fair begins at 10:00am and will last until approximately 4:00pm. And just like last year, the 2011 Service Canada CNE Job Fair will take place at the Dufferin Gates, which are located at 10 Dufferin Street.

The best way to get to the job fair is via public transit.

TTC: Take the subway to Dufferin station and then take the 29 Dufferin bus southbound and exit at 'Dufferin Gate Loop'.

Go Transit: 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 until you reach Dufferin Street and then walk north.

To get ready for the CNE job fair, here's what I recommend doing:

1.) Visit the Service Canada Student Job Bank to find a list of the companies looking to recruit at the job fair. Some, but not all, of the positions are listed.

INSIDER TIP: Check out my blog each day during this year's CNE job fair because I'll be updating the employer list on a daily basis.

2.) Get your resume and cover letter ready. If you don't already have one, download my free cover letter and resume templates. These templates are already properly formatted and all you have to do is input your information.

Also, check out my tips on creating an eye-catching cover letter and a resume that stands out from the crowd

And don't worry - if you can't get a resume or cover letter done in time, there will be staff on hand during the job fair that will be able to help you create one.

3.) Arrive early! The job fair works on a first come, first served basis. Employers have a limited number of interviews they are going to do and you have to register to take part. And although the job fair officially begins at 10:00am, some people will arrive early to line up so they can register for the employers they really want to work for. Get there early so you aren't disappointed!

4.) Dress professionally! I recommend business casual - khakis or dress pants and a button shirt are perfect. And consider what they weather will be like - a sweater or rain jacket could be necessary since the temperature can fluctuate quickly.

5.) Bring photo ID with you. You never know - you may get an on-the-spot job offer and you will want to be prepared.

6.) After registering for an interview, do not leave! You may lose your spot and your chance to impress the hiring manager. Stay close by since staff will call your name to let you know that your interview is coming 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.) Remember to have fun!

For more information, contact the SCCY - Dufferin Mall staff at 416 583 4849 or sign up for email updates with manal[-dot-]hossain[-at-]servicecanada.gc.ca.

Good luck - and remember to come back each day for an updated list of employers attending the CNE job fair!

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