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Wear Well Garments HR and payroll manager Mary Connors speaks with Terry Beaver during a job fair held at Glasgow Square Friday.
Wear Well Garments HR and payroll manager Mary Connors speaks with Terry Beaver during a job fair held at Glasgow Square Friday. - Adam MacInnis

NEW GLASGOW

Employers in Pictou County had the chance to learn how to make their workplaces more welcoming during a seminar Friday.

Nova Scotia Works Career Connections and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia held the joint event on Friday at Glasgow Square to share information with 27 employers and later allow those employers to meet with some potential employees in a mini job fair.

“This morning was all employers and service providers with workshops on workplace culture,” said Heather MacIsaac, employer engagement specialist with Nova Scotia Works.

The job fair that followed was a chance for those employers to talk to the job seekers and let them know what job openings they have,” she said.

While the job fair was primarily geared toward newcomers, she said they had a good mix of people attend.

“The day was really good in terms of talking about culture and just how we create culture at work and all those things we can do to make our workplaces more inviting and welcoming to everybody,” said Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard, employee relations manager for Michelin Tire.

One of the topics she thought particularly important is that by making the workplace more accessible for some, it makes it more accessible for all.

Terry Beaver is one of the people who stopped by looking at what job opportunities are available.

He said he’s been off work for a while dealing with some personal issues but is starting to look at what’s out there.

He’s found there are jobs out there if you have the right skill set and the flexibility to be willing to change.

“I’m all for that,” he said. “That’s kind of my thing. I’m kind of looking for a change. I’ve done several things for a very long period of time and now I’m ready to look into other things.”

In addition to looking at what jobs were available at the job fair at local businesses, he said he’s also considered jobs that can be done from home.

“It’s got possibilities,” he said.

 

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