By Sharon Aschaiek
Special to the Toronto Sun
As the season changes and the cooler weather sets in, it's a time for many to reflect, and a reminder that personal change may also be just around the corner. And just as you may be contemplating a career change, considering taking up studies in a new field, or planning to find a position in your field of training, the National Job Fair & Training Expo is arriving to make those decisions a little easier.
"In a two or three-hour visit, they can meet with dozens of companies and organizations, instead of spending three weeks to meet all these people," says Daniel Levesque, co-president of The National Job Fair Inc., owner and producer of this event.
Taking place Sept. 15 and 16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the fifth instalment of the fair will attract more than 15,000 job hunters, transition seekers and those with education/training goals. Once they pay their $3.50 admittance fee, they'll have access to more than 89 exhibitors from more than 35 different sectors.
Featured at this year's event will be exhibitors such as CIBC, Elmcrest College, Enterprise Toronto, Indigo Books & Music, Danier Leather, Intelligarde, RBC Insurance, United Parcel Service and BH Careers International.
Exhibitors will be split into different, themed pavilions, including: Employment, Employment Services, Training and Education and Biz Launch Self-Employment. The last one is new and will feature company and government representatives offering information and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
The event, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and The Toronto Sun, will also feature 18 public presentations on subjects such as effective job hunting, preparing a resume, acing an interview and managing a career change. Eight new seminars will focus on various aspects of starting and running your own business.
Visitors can also check out the boards at Jobs Avenue, where hundreds of positions will be posted.
Levesque says that visitors should treat the event as if it were a job interview: dress appropriately, bring several resumes and, if possible, business cards, and be prepared to answer questions about your career history, capabilities and ambitions.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression," Levesque says. "You have to present yourself properly. Come dressed well, maybe not in a suit, but definitely not in shorts."
Levesque says the fair will yield about 3,000 job opportunities, and many individuals get hired within the following week or even on the spot.
To find out more, visit www.thenationaljobfair.com.
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