Submitted by Laura Guarin, Employment Case Manager
As 10 am approached on November 1, 2017, the line of eager job seekers formed in front of the Central Baptist Church on Pandora Avenue. They were waiting for the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) and GT Hiring Solutions (GTHS) to open the doors to their 1st Joint WorkBC Job Fair. This is the first job fair of this magnitude for ICA.
The fair featured nearly 40 employers from diverse industries. The flow of people was steady throughout the day as people wandered through the rows of employers, each looking for the best candidate to fill vacancies or expand their current staff. ICA wanted to create an event that would develop greater opportunities for their clients, help them find meaningful employment, and speed up the process. In total, over 500 people attended the job fair.
Deb Hamblin, ICA’s Employment Services Manager, was delighted with the turnout. We see events such as this as a valuable opportunity to assist immigrants in obtaining long-term employment. Several employers reported they were very impressed with the caliber of candidates, noting that individuals were dressed professionally, understood their organization and were very specific about their career goals. Recognizing that employers may want to interview potential candidates, an entire room was set aside for this purpose and there were also ICA and GTHS staff who were available to help with completing applications. Some of ICA’s clients have never been to a job fair before and they commented on how helpful and useful the event was for them.
Credit for the success of the event goes to the ICA & GTHS staff and the strong relationships we’ve built with employers. Well done everyone!
View more photos from the event on our flickr page here.