Crowd of career hunters attend fair

Heather Brimicombe
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The Career Connections 2014 career fair took place at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Wednesday, with a good crowd of employers as well as job hunters present.

Dozens attended a career fair at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Wednesday. HEATHER BRIMICOMBE – THE NEWS

Running most of the day the fair boasted booths that showed off careers in trucking, the Canadian forces, as well as for local business such as Sobeys, and Macgregor Industrial group. Wes Surrett, general manager of the Pictou Lodge, was at the career fair promoting jobs at the lodge. As for what employers look for he has a tip.

“You want somebody to have a good and engaging personality whatever the job is,” said Surrett, “We’ve always found we hire in personality, we can train skill but a personality is something that is hard to train into people.”

The career fair was not just for adults looking for jobs either, a group of students from Pictou Academy also dropped by to help them get an idea of what kinds of careers they want to pursue. Students Cadi Hardy and Riley Clish have some advice for those attending a career fair.

“Get around and talk to everybody,” said Clish.

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” said Hardy.

Surrett also commends people for coming out to job fairs, as well as going to the employers to apply for jobs.

“Nothing better than getting out there in person like at a job fair like this and presenting yourself to the employer, I think that is so important,” said Surrett, “you can have a really nice resume that you can send in a really nice email but nothing beats meeting somebody even if it’s just a quick meeting face to face.” 

Organizations: Sobeys, Pictou Academy

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