A regional job fair could be the start of a new career trajectory.
The Opportunities Northwest Job Fair is set for Thursday at the Valhalla Hotel and Conference Centre, featuring more than 80 employers across a variety of sectors that are ready to hire.
Event consultant Nancy Milani said anyone looking for a new, or different job, can come and have one-on-one conversations with employers.
“We have a number of different sectors on hand,” she said. “There will be mining companies, there’s transportation, there’s food services, health services, education, government, not-for profit, construction.
“Pretty much anything in the job market is there. There are positions available for summer students. There’s positions for full time, there’s contract. There’s quite a variety for anyone that is looking for a job.”
After the COVID-19 pandemic presented a number of changes and challenges in the labour market for many different sectors, Milani said the event is a chance for both employers and job-seekers to see what’s available.
“This is an opportunity for employers to see what’s out there in Thunder Bay and the region, and it’s also an opportunity for those looking for positions to come chat with a number of different employers,” she said.
“If they’re looking at changing fields, they can have this opportunity with the selection that’s going to be there.”
Last year’s event drew more than 1,000 attendees.
Milani said the face-to-face component is beneficial.
“I think this initial screening and seeing somebody face-to-face is so important,” she said. “Zoom calls and online calls aren’t quite the same.
“I think this is really valuable to go in and have a chance to talk to them and really speak to them.”
People interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register online.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.