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Job Fair presents great opportunity to meet prospective employers

Kelsey Yates - Airdrie Echo Published on: August 18, 2019

Prospect’s Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services will be hosting a Job Fair on September 10 with 25 employers actively hiring for various positions.

The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Airdrie Best Western Hotel, located at 121 Edmonton Trail SE.

A few of the prospective employers include Boston Pizza, Sundial Growers, McDonald’s, Bass Pro Shops, Sobey’s, Superstore, Goodlife Fitness, and Days Inn.

“There will be a wide range of roles, including part-time roles that are suitable for youth,” said David Blackburn, senior programs manager with Prospect Human Services.

“Those interested should come prepared with a resume and be dressed in suitable attire in case of the opportunity for an interview on the spot.”

Blackburn added that at this particular job fair, all of the participating employers are actively recruiting for roles.

“Over the last few years, a lot of career fairs have been more like information sessions because of the recession,” he said.

“A lot of the employers weren’t hiring then. So, this is a great career fair to plan to attend.”

Job fairs create a great chance to connect with companies and leave a memorable impression.

“It’s a great chance to have a one-on-one connection with employers,” said Blackburn.

“The face-to-face engagement is an opportunity to really make an impression and make your resume stand out. Treat these circumstances as an opportunity to market yourself. Put your best foot forward professionally. Speak with confidence and put forth those critical things to make your day successful.”

At Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services, residents can stop by for additional help preparing for the job fair.

“We have a highly talented team of career advisors,” said Blackburn.

“The advisors have several different tools they can use to assist job seekers, from mock interviews to resume and cover letter building to reference checks. They can help fine tune those things and help address some of the barriers that may prevent residents from securing employment.”

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and job seekers can drop-in at any time to arrange further assistance.

For more information, visit rwemploymentservices.com or call 403-948-9711

Strathmore Times: Prospect offers employment support

From edition: June 29 2018 Strathmore Times

By Adelle Ellis, Times Reporter

Prospect Wheatland Employment Services held an open house on June 20 at their Strathmore Office located in the Strathmore Centre. Attendees, including community and social services organizations, Government of Alberta representatives, Town of Strathmore council members and others enjoyed networking opportunities and several addresses regarding the work Prospect will be completing within Strathmore.

Career and employment information service provider Prospect Human Services opened their doors on June 20 to help build positive working relationships with government bodies, businesses and employers as well as community partners within Strathmore and Wheatland County.

Prospect now has seven locations in Alberta including Calgary, Edmonton, Airdrie and Cochrane, and now Strathmore, operating under the name Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services. Services include resumé support, interview preparation, career advising, helping with job searches and placement support.

At their location in Strathmore Centre (the old Calgary Co-op grocery store), Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services offers job postings, access to computers, and access to career councillors and advisors who can help individuals and employers.
“A lot of our work, maybe more than half of our work, is with employers of industry. We have workforce advisors which is almost a consultant tool to business,” said Alexi Davis, director of employment services. “Some of the work we do is helping employers internally take a look at their hiring retention practices, policies and culture, and evaluate if they have some barriers to tapping into talent that is out there.

Along with working with businesses and providing an access tool for individuals looking for employment, Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services also offers 18 specific workshops. Examples include Leadership, Social Media Presence and Networking, and Work Search Strategies, Resumé Development, Advanced Interview Practice/Techniques, and LinkedIn and Social Media.
As career and employment services are contracted through the government of Alberta, all services offered by Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services is completely free to those who use it.

“It’s government of Alberta-funded services so it’s their investment into supporting a strong, healthy operating economy for job seekers, employees and employers, so there is no cost for our services,” said Davis.

Along with offering employment services, Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services representatives and employees also plan to fully immerse themselves in the community through representation by joining some of the local councils and committees, and by participating actively in the community.

“Our doors are always open (and) we are always out looking with the business community; what are their needs and how can we support them in recruiting or in their messaging or whatever it is that they need? We’re there to support them. We have some unique elements of how we engage employers which benefits everybody,” said Davis.

Since they opened their doors May 1, Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services has helped a total of 215 individuals from Strathmore and Wheatland County.