THUNDER BAY -- The upcoming Opportunities Northwest Job Fair has helped connect companies with potential employees for the past two years - and it's returning for year three on March 28 at the Valhalla Hotel and Conference Centre.
At a time when hiring the right people isn’t always easy, it’s a chance for businesses and decision-makers to put a face to a name and for those seeking jobs to ask questions in a less formal setting than a typical job interview.
It’s also a chance to get an understanding about the type of work being done by dozens of companies, the skills required and a sense of what it might be like to work for a particular business. For those doing the hiring, it’s an opportunity to have as many as 2,000 potential employees stroll past their booth.
“The great thing about this particular event is it's a multi-sector career fair,” said Nancy Milani, event consultant.
“It encompasses all the different sectors - everything from technology to trade, construction, mining, government, retail, hospitality, tourism, et cetera.”
Some of the biggest names in the regional and local economies have signed up, including Greenstone Gold Mines, Newmont Corp., Barrick Gold, St. Joseph’s Care Group, Bayshore Home Health, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Fort William Historical Park, the Power Centre and Equipment World.
There will be an opportunity for just about everyone, of every ability and interest, Milani said.
“This job fair will have something for everyone,” she said.
“From retail to construction and everything in between.”
Last year’s event, put on by Dougall Media, owners of this website, featured more than 80 businesses on hand and more than 1,700 job seekers.
Organizers are aiming for 90 booths in 2024.
The Dougall Media brand is great for promotion, Milani noted.
“We can promote it using digital media, TV, and radio. We’re putting it out on all the different channels – from Kenora to Wawa,” she said.
“Because of that we’re reaching a lot of people regionally as well as locally, which will attract a large number of job-seekers to this fair.”
Advertising packages are also available.