Hundreds turn out for Cornwall Job Fair

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By Nick Seebruch
Hundreds turn out for Cornwall Job Fair
Barbara Matthews of Contact North and Carilyn Hébert, Executive Director of the Social Development Council at the annual Cornwall and Area Job Fair on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The fifth annual Cornwall and Area Job Fair took place at the Civic Complex on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

Social Development Council (SDC) Executive Director Carilyne Hébert estimated that more than 600 people would come to the fair looking for work, and there were plenty of jobs to choose from.

There were 42 employers setup at the job fair and 18 support agencies who were there to help job seekers sharpen their skills, clean-up their résumés and connect with the jobs that were right for them.

The Eastern Ontario Training Board (EOTB), was offering training for future truck drivers who want their DZ license.

“There is a gap right now especially with plow operators at this point in time,” said Ashley Aitken of the EOTB.

One organization that was on hand to help job seekers hone their employment hunting skills was Job Zone.

Linda Parker of Job Zone explained she often sees people who have difficulties refining their résumés.

“I think a lot of people are having difficulties with their résumés,” she said. “Some include too much personal info, while others don’t emphasize their transferable skills.

Hébert explained that the day saw a healthy flow of job seekers and that the event would not have been possible without the support of her dozens of volunteers.

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