Conestoga news

February 4, 2009 9:14 AM

University/College Job Fair Promotes Employment Opportunities

In a time of economic uncertainty, students and graduates of local post-secondary institutions can find employment opportunities by meeting with employers who seek their skills. It happens at the annual University/College Job Fair - the largest event of its kind in Canada.

The Job Fair is for students and alumni of Conestoga College and the three local universities - Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier and Waterloo - who by participating have an exclusive opportunity to present themselves as outstanding candidates for employment to representatives of firms who now have or soon will have job openings. This years event, the 16th annual, is on Wednesday, February 4 at RIM Park in Waterloo. Job Fair hours are 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This success of the Job Fair is the result of the co-operation among the four higher education institutions and their commitment to providing a high level of service to students and alumni. Expected attendance will be in the thousands. The timing of the event is especially meaningful for students now in their final semester of studies, or those seeking summer employment.

More than 180 employers are registered for the event. Their participation indicates that they will have employment opportunities available within the next six months.

Admission to the event is open to anyone with a valid, current student or alumni ID from any of the four participating post-secondary institutions. For those eligible to attend, full details, including employer profiles, can be found at the event website:

Among the many employers represented will be COM DEV, Research In Motion Ltd., Open Text Corporation, Winners Merchants International, ING Canada, Agfa Healthcare Inc., Scotiabank, Toronto Hydro Corporation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Teksystems, Xerox Canada Ltd., Staples Canada, Region of Waterloo Public Health, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, and Abercrombie and Fitch.

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