Strong showing at job fair

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People are looking for work and some 40 employers reached out to them last Wednesday during a job fair at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The event took place under the auspices of Nova Scotia Works and Career Connections, with some employers attracting long lineups of people either looking for work or for a career change.

“We had well over 1,000 people, as many as 1,200 here,” said Heather MacIsaac, an employer engagement specialist with Career Connections in New Glasgow.

The lineup at times was to the entrance of the community room for people who asked questions and brought applications to the booth hosted by the cannabis firm Zenabis that will open an operation in Stellarton.

“It was great,” said Cathy Johnson, who hosted the Zenabis booth and noted the more than 300 people in queue at the booth.

She said the most common subject from visitors was over certainty that Zenabis will open.

“A lot of them were worried that we’re not here to stay,” Johnson said. “I think they were surprised to hear we’re not going anywhere.”

Jennifer Bent is in her second year of her business administration studies at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton, but she visited the NSCC booth to inquire about summer work.

Anne McDonah, academic chair of NSCC’s School of Business who was a host at the school’s booth, said that was a good reason for young people to stop by and talk to her about it.

McDonah was also fielding questions for those considering the VON and other care-giving professions.

“It’s been busy,” she said. “People are interested in learning new things. For example, they went to the VON booth across from us and learned they need a CCA qualification, so they came over here.”

Cpl. Daniel Worth of the Nova Scotia Highlanders also found the day to be worthwhile.

“It’s been pretty steady,” he said. “It’s good to see this many people out.”

From left: James Pine and Matt Morris stopped by the Nova Scotia Highlanders booth to gather information from Cpl. Daniel Worth at the job fair last week. (Goodwin photo)