Job Fair March 9, 2017 in Exeter

SOUTH HURON - Plans are underway to host the Second Annual South Huron Job Fair on March 09, 2017, from noon until 6pm at the Exeter Legion.  Last year’s event was a success with 16 exhibitors and over 250 job seekers in attendance.  Building on the success and the positive response from employers and job seekers, this year’s event will be held in a larger venue and will be expanded to focus on additional sectors as well as student summer employment. Last year, employers were impressed with the number of job seekers that attended the job fair.  “We heard from employers that the Job Fair was least expensive they’ve participated in, but they got the best results,” said Tine Buechler, Vice President of the South Huron Chamber of Commerce. She went on to note, “the impact of an afternoon spent with intentional job seekers resulted in a good number of hires in 2016, a very cost effective way to gain new employees.” This year’s job fair hopes to feature employers from various sectors including: manufacturing, tourism, food service, retail, construction, transportation, agriculture and more. Employers with summer positions are also encouraged to exhibit, as the event will be marketed to area high schools. In 2016, companies hired for a variety of positions including office/administration, sales and marketing, food service, skilled trades, and manufacturing. In 2016, job seekers attended from a variety of communities within a 30-kilometer radius of South Huron including St. Mary’s, Parkhill, Bayfield, Goderich, Strathroy, Seaforth, Grand Bend, and London. Most job seekers came dressed to impress and brought copies of their resume.  In 2017, a job seeker coaching element will be offered, for first-time job fair attendees and those unsure of how to make the most of the event. The South Huron Chamber of Commerce (SHCC) will organize the 2017 event, in partnership with the Centre of Employment and Learning, Conestoga Career Centre, Municipality of South Huron, and the County of Huron’s Economic Development Services.  The group collaborated on last year’s Job Fair to help local businesses find the employees they need to succeed, and to support growth in the local economy. Joan Brady, SHCC Executive Director, qualified the importance of the event, she said, “attracting workers and having the right skill sets available has been identified as one the largest barrier to business growth and expansion.” She continued, a strong business sector advances a vibrant and resilient community, which is what everyone wants for South Huron.” For more information, please contact the South Huron Chamber of Commerce at 226-423-3028 or by e-mail at execdirector@shcc.on.ca. Contact Information: Joan Brady, Executive Director South Huron Chamber of Commerce South Huron Welcome Centre 483 Main Street South Exeter, Ontario, N0M 1S1 Phone: 226-423-3028