Job hunt goes virtual

For most, having to wake up and shovel out the driveway to get to work is not how they want to start a work day. For New Glasgow town councillor John Guthro, this hasn’t been a problem during his career as a telecommuter.

As an initiative to increase employment in Pictou County, the Town of New Glasgow is hosting its first ever virtual job fair, an idea led by Guthro.

Although finding employment in the county can be hard for some, Guthro is hoping to introduce those in need of a job to the world of telecommuting, or working from home. The job fair, to be held at Glasgow Square, will host telecommuting companies virtually to introduce and talk about employment with them.

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The job fair will host companies via video chat to talk about employment opportunities, as well as hosting a professional to talk about tax benefits that are available for those working from home.

“It’s not just limited to direct sales type jobs,” said Guthro. He noted that many technology companies now operate through employees that telecommute.

“There’s a whole world out there that’s looking for people,” Guthro said, noting that employment and telecommuting are subjects that many people have contacted him on during his time as a councillor.

“I was just thinking one day, what’s keeping people from working or causing out migrating?” He said. “I don’t want to see anyone pack up and leave.”

As business development officer for the Town of New Glasgow, Frank McFarlane has also been involved with working on this project.

“We’re hoping to attract three to five actual businesses.We will have them live through Google Chat or something of that effect so they can talk as though they’re sitting on the stage,” MacFarlane said. “It’s obviously a growing trend; we want to be able to grow the population base and grow the economy in New Glasgow.”

MacFarlane noted that the trend of telecommuting is not just a cost-saving measure for companies but it’s also an incentive to attract and retain productive employees.

For those looking to take part in the virtual job fair or find out more about working from home, the event will take place April 28 at Glasgow Square, 1 p.m.


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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.