August 12, 2011

Want to score a CNE job without going to the CNE job fair?

So you really want a CNE job but the lineups to register for the SCCY CNE Job Fair have made it all but impossible for you to secure an interview slot?

You're probably thinking your out of luck, right?!

Well not so fast ... there are some unadvertised CNE jobs and read on for some insider tips on how you can tap into those last-minute CNE jobs!

First of all, there's still 4 days of hiring left during the annual SCCY CNE Job Fair. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week all have multiple employers scheduled to attend and conduct on-the-spot interviews.

You'll also want to head down because the organizers of the CNE job fair sometimes get last-minute employers who show up unannounced. In fact, 5 years ago when I was involved in organizing the event, we had multiple employers show up at the last-minute and hire more than 40 students. Of course, there's no guarantee this will happen, but you can hope right?

Another good reason to head down to the CNE job fair this week - you can often talk to employers directly.

Since the CNE grounds are open, you can walk around and talk to the people setting up their booths or stalls for the CNE. And doing that can sometimes lead to a job offer.

I recommend doing this because some employers don't participate in the CNE job fair as they don't know what their hiring needs are. But then they realize, usually a few days before the CNE begins, that they need more staff.

If you do decide to do this, I recommend that you make a generic resume that's full of the common skills that CNE employers look for:

- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Teamwork skills
- Able to make fast, quick, and accurate calculations
- Skilled at multitasking
- Customer service skills
- Food handling experience
- Visual merchandising experience
- Maturity
- Responsibility
- Reliability
- Flexible availability and can work a variety of shifts
- Able to take direction and follow instructions
- Quick learner
- Professional appearance
- Courteous and respectful

These skills, regardless of the job you are applying for, are definite assets and are the hidden soft skills that all CNE employers look for.

And remember, if you're going at it alone, go during the day, be safe and aware of your surroundings, and if a situation doesn't feel right, leave immediately.

Making a few bucks isn't worth compromising your safety!

Good luck!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, so I've been checking back to this site regularly to see the upcoming vendors that will be attending the job fair. You should really post them earlier in the day, if possible. =)
Thanks

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comment! I'll try and post them earlier in the day. Next week should be easier because I've already gotten a list of who will be there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew. I was curious about whether the fact, upon being hired by any of these employers attending the CNE job fair, you would have to purchase anything for your job. For example, a uniform, or a pass or anything of that sort. Thank you!

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comment!

If you get a job, you may have to purchase a uniform, but it depends on the employer. Some will ask that you wear a specific shirt and black pants. If they do, some employers will pay for it, others will have you pay for it from your cheque, while others could ask you for a deposit and then refund it to you once the CNE is over. Really, it's up to the employer - your best bet would be to speak with them.

Anonymous said...

How long would it take for an employer to call back if you've been hired? I've been waiting for a call since Thursday and it's unlikely that I've been hired but I'm just wondering how long it takes. Thanks.

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! It's an individual employer decision as to when they get back to you. Sometimes it's on the day of, sometimes it's days later. I've even heard of people finding out the day before the CNE is set to open. You can always follow up with the employer directly to determine what the status of your application is.

Anonymous said...

What's the number to DNA Concessions? I'd be so ever greatlful if you know.

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don't have their telephone number but I do know that they are on Twitter. You can tweet them at: @DNAConcessions

Anonymous said...

Do you think SCCY will have the number to DNA Concessions?

Anonymous said...

are there any vendor/consession jobs left in the upcoming days of the fair?

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there!

I'm not sure - you can always give them a call. Or you could call the CNE directly and see if they have a number and can share it with you.

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! In terms of the employers scheduled to attend the remaining days of the job fair, at this point, it looks like the jobs will be in the restaurant/fast food area. With that being said, The Canadian Midway will be hiring Ride Attendants on Tuesday.

NMS said...

OH MY GOSH!!! kay i said this before and am saying this again! the CNE people should really ask the employers how many ppl they will be interviewing and hiring beforehand because i wasted another 9 hours today standing in line and waiting and then hearing that the Canadian Midway already hired a number of people from the side something and they just interviewed 30 people from the line! i swear EVERYONE was peeved. so i think the facilities like that should be taken care of beforehand so the ppl waiting in the line wouldnt have to stay and waste their time standing on the line rain or shine...

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey NMS! I can only imagine how frustrating that must me. I wasn't aware that The Canadian Midway had done any recruiting previously. In past years, I found that they recruited all of their staff on the one or two days that they attended the job fair. I do encourage you to let the SCCY Dufferin Mall know about your experience because I will say that 5 and 6 years ago, when I was involved in organizing the event, we didn't run into this problem as often.

Another suggestion would be to contact The Canadian Midway directly. You could explain to them what happened and see if they can squeeze you in for an interview - or even offer you a job based on your tenacity and dedication.

Anonymous said...

i was wondering what the leagal age to becoming a ride opeator is ?

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Thanks for your comment!

Although I can't speak for every company, I would think that the minimum age is 18 because of the liabilities associated with being a Ride Attendant or Ride Operator. I know that the CNE itself stipulates that Ride Attendants must be at least 18 years old - but I'm not sure about The Canadian Midway.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I applied for a Canadian Midway Job. Is here any chance you can provide the number for the midway? I'd like to contact them to see what sup. I find it so unorganized the way they run the "job fair". People stand hours and hours in line then are only told to go home. It isn't fair and it isn't right.

Anonymous said...

Noo, i was asking is there a legal age in ontario,not the companies age limit

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! UIn terms of a contact number, I don't have one - I tried finding it online but didn't have any luck. Your best bet would be to contact the SCCY Dufferin Mall office directly.

As for the job fair itself, I can understand how frustrating it is standing in line and then being told to go home. Again, I would recommend that you share your feedback with the SCCY staff so that they can make future events more fair and equitable.

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! No, as per the Ontario Employment Standards Act, there isn't a set age minimum.

You can also check out http://www.worksmartontario.gov.on.ca/scripts/default.asp?contentID=2-2-4&mcategory=health for more info on the minimum age requirements to work in Ontario.

Anonymous said...

Hey,

I contacted Dufferin Mall SCCY they told me they are not allowed to give employers numbers and I should wait until tommorow. I'm honestly so annoyed right now. I gave them my number and name and signed a small sheet of paper. The Midway office said they would call. The CNE starts Friday. This is just nonsense....

Anonymous said...

So, that means the employer can hiring you , at the age he chooses to (15+).. and thanks for the replies much apprectaited!

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! I'm sorry to hear that the SCCY Dufferin Mall cannot give you the contact information for The Canadian Midway.

Have you tried contacting the CNE directly?

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there!

In response to the age question, yes, they can hire you. I didn't realize that their requirement was 15+.

Good luck - and I hope you get the job! :-)

Anonymous said...

I read this and decided to give it a go I didn't really find anything looking around for 3 hours I would get a blunt "no" some people were nice enough to actually accept my resume, After a while I got offered to work for a day 15$ a hour to help setting up, wasn't exactly what I was looking for but hey its quick money

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Congratulations on getting a job with the CNE!

And even if it's short-term, as you said, it's quick money - and it could turn into something more. Don't stop giving out your resume and who knows, maybe the vendor you're working for will keep you on or at least call you back to help them take down their setup!

Anonymous said...

The midway was hiring for the food stands undercover and they hired atleast 30 people including me! This was great advice...Thanks!

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! Congratulations on getting a job - that's awesome news!

Anonymous said...

Do you happen to know when the rides ( midway) open at the cne?.. or does it start on friday and if so do you know what time? Thanks

Andrew Hercules said...

Hey there! The rides will open at the same time the CNE opens, which is Friday at 10:00am. Enjoy! :-)