Humber helps students find employment with a job fair

by | Jan 23, 2019 | Lakeshore, News

Nathaniel Smith, Arts and Life Reporter

Humber Lakeshore campus brought employers to students by hosting a job fair, where students were looking for employment opportunities on Jan. 22.

The job fair was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a number of 40 employers in attendance at the top and lower level of the L Building.  

The event was organized by the career service department at Humber Lakeshore, and the job fair originally started off as a summer event but was later granted permission by Humber to host these events on multiple occasions. The event details were posted on the Job portal sites.

Navigation sign to both job fair levels, located in the L Building at Humber Lakeshore. (Nathaniel Smith)

The first job fair of the year was at Humber North where a total of 80 employers were looking for part time and full-time students.

“For some students, it’s better to interact face to face, so we’re bringing employers to them compared to the online approach to job hunting where their resume might get muffled under everyone else’s, here you have an opportunity to give a really good first employers,” said Ashvini Sriharan the event planner for her third year at the Humber job fair.

Ashvini Sriharan, the event planner for the Humber job fair, assists students and the event planning team. (Nathaniel Smith) 

This was a strong point that got employers excited about meeting the students and an event like this.

“A lot of students want to make a great first impression and be perfect, but end up getting way too nervous and it holds them back,” Sriharan said.

This didn’t seem apparent during the job fair, as students were in a familiar environment with little pressure put on them.

“Approach job fairs with a mindset of curiosity, when you start asking questions the employers know you are interested,” Sriharan said.

Diane Blanchet, the Talent Acquisition Specialist for Pet Valu, attends the Humber job fair with hopes of recruiting students. (Nathaniel Smith)

Pet Valu’s job fair stand remained busy for the entire event. Diane Blanchet, the Talent Acquisition Specialist for the firm, took on the role as a job recruiter looking for part-time students in particular.

“I like that I can get first-hand exposure to what the students are looking for in a job, and find out their career goals and aspirations,” said Blanchet, who has been at a Humber job fair for two years in a row.