Let’s look at different kinds of job fairs in the city.
Last three years, I attended more than 40 small and large job fairs, run by for-profit companies, government-run and not-for-profit organization. More than 80% of job fairs are organized by not-for-profit organizations with government-funded employment programs such as ISS of BC, Mosaic, Success BC, PICS, YWCA, YMCA and so on.
Here is a bit of information about job fairs in the city.
The size of the venue decides how big the job fair is going to be. Check where it is hosted. If it is running out of WorkBC, YWCA Career zone, and ISS of BC offices, it’s not going to be a large job fair. Larger job fairs are usually hosted at Vancouver convention centre, Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Community College, and Fairmont Hotel.
Organizations like Success of BC use Vancouver Public Library. VPL would be a mid-size job fair with around 30 to 35 boots.
Larger job fairs have 55 to 60 booths and they seem to have the ability to attract larger employers and more selection of companies to attend the job fair.
A well-organized job fair is?
Job seekers expect job fairs to be spacious, presentable, great mix of companies and skill levels, sound travels is good, professional attention and follow up from HR, nice flow of foot traffic and more.
There are two job fairs in Vancouver that meet job seeker's expectations nicely. I would recommend for anyone.
Mosaic is a not-for-profit organization and their Spring 2019 Job fair in early April, expecting to see more than 60 employers and it is hosted at Croatian Cultural Centre. Simply go to Google and search for Mosaic Career & Job fair. Follow their instruction to get yourself a free ticket through Eventbrite. I’ve seen some occasions where there is a line up to enter the venue.
PICS Mega Job Fair
It was this February that PICS (Non-profit) hosted their Job fair at the Croatian Cultural Centre. I think it was just under 60 employers that attended the job fair and it was a well-organized job fair. It’s more than likely that PICS will do another job fair after the spring.
By WorkBC, ISS of BC or Success BC
There are other organizers of course, but these are most commonly seen names that organize smaller job fairs. Smaller job fairs would have around 20 booths or less. Smaller job fairs are a bit calmer, fewer competitions and employers could provide you with more personal attention.
Job fairs by Jobs Canada
A job fair by a private company is called Jobs Canada Job Fair. Until last year, they used Fairmont hotel in downtown Vancouver but in 2019 it is running out of Holiday Inn on Howe and Helmcken. They downsized the event a lot, a mix of employers aren’t as good as previous years and capacity/space is too small.
They run job fairs in every major city across Canada. Maybe this is why the quality of their job fairs aren’t as good as the two larger job fairs mentioned above. Also, their job fairs are too frequent and see too many employers repeat to attend the job fair.
A newcomer to Canada Job Fair
They use the Vancouver Convention Centre. You will see their promotion at least twice a year. From my experience visiting the event more than twice, this is more like an expo than a job fair. If you are new to Canada, it is worth checking it out but for anyone already settled this isn't for you.
A lot of non-profit organizations attend the event to promote their services, private colleges attend the event to attract students. Looking to do some serious job hunting? You wouldn’t get much out of this particular job fair.
Smaller job fairs VS larger job fairs
Smaller or larger jobs fairs, you will always see employers attending to fill retail positions, customer service positions, some entry-level administrative positions, food production and processing positions and so on.
There are benefits to attending smaller job fairs as it is a bit calmer, fewer competitions and more personal attention available when you interact with HR.
Larger job fairs have the ability to attract specialized companies in Engineering, Design, Technology, Automotive, Logistics, Gaming and so on.
Referring to employment agency representatives, they are always attending job fairs, small or large. You might see full-service recruiters that offer temp or permanent job placement for A to Z industries, and some that specialize in health care, construction or others.
For a better understanding of what recruiters can do for you (your job search) follow the link to our recent posting. “What can recruiters do for me?”
Going to job fairs is never a bad idea. Going to a smaller one as a warm-up and hitting a larger one after is also a nice strategy.
Positions that employers bring to a job fair can vary. Low pay range of $12.65 - $15.00, mid pay range of $16 - $19, and a higher pay range of $20 and up. Not never, but I rarely see higher paying positions at job fairs.
Another upcoming post in the near future is going to be about how you can make the most out of a job fair.