August 17, 2015

CNE jobs recap #3

So it's August 17th, the CNE opens in four days on Friday, and you might be thinking to yourself, "Is it too late to find a CNE job?".

Not at all. In fact, this is typically a week where lots of hiring takes place as employers revisit and confirm their staffing plans.

So what can you do to increase your chances to securing a job during this year's CNE?

Start off by reviewing the list of available CNE jobs. There are still lots of opportunities with retail, restaurant/fast-food, and midway operators. And speaking of midway operators, if you want to work as a Games Attendant, be sure to attend the Hollander Amusements CNE job fair that begins at 11AM today.

Now for this week coming up, I expect that a few more CNE employers will post job ads on Craigslist and Kijiji. You can find these jobs by searching for "CNE" and "Canadian National Exhibition" in the jobs and gigs sections of Craigslist and Kijiji. However, be aware that some of the posts could be fraudulent so exercise discretion and do not send out resumes with any personal information (e.g. date of birth, Social Insurance Number, address, etc.).

And because the CNE is set to begin on Friday, now is the perfect time to tap into what I call the "hidden CNE job market", which is just a fancy of way of saying all of the CNE jobs that aren't advertised online.

But how can you access them?

Easy ... head down to the CNE and talk directly to the employers as they set up their kiosks, booths, and retail areas.

A few years ago, I wrote an article on how to tap into the hidden CNE job market and how to apply for a CNE job in-person. It's definitely worth a read and please pay attention to the section on staying safe - no job is ever worth compromising your security!

If you do decide to head down to the CNE to speak to employers directly, make sure you do your research. Check out the list of CNE food vendors and the list of CNE retail exhibitors and vendors and note down the employers you are interested in working for and want to talk to in your CNE Job Tracking Sheet.

Once you have your list ready, prepare your resume. Now usually I'd recommend tailoring your resume for each job, but in this case, keep your resume generic and talk about the cross-functional skills that all CNE employers love (e.g. communication and teamwork skills, customer service or cash handling experience, flexible availability for the full duration of the CNE, etc.). That way you don't spend time tailoring your resume for an employer that isn't hiring.

And once your resume is ready, head down to the CNE grounds with government-issued photo ID and your Social Insurance number (in case you're hired on-the-spot) and start talking to employers.

Now a big caveat ... going down to the CNE grounds and talking to employers isn't a guarantee that you'll get a job. But it shows initiative and that you're committed to finding a job. With hundreds of employers setting up for the CNE, hopefully you'll come across a few who recognize and reward your initiative and commitment with an on-the-spot interview or job offer.

Good luck!