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Rockland Job Fair returns by popular demand

 By : Gregg Chamberlain

The first official weekend of spring saw a crowd of students and others passing in and out of the convention room at the River Rock Inn. The Rockland Job Fair was back by popular demand as part of an annual spring tradition.

The Employment Services Centre of Prescott-Russell (CSEPR) has hosted an annual job fair for the past six years, starting with the original fair in Hawkesbury and then shifting to twinned spring job fairs in both Hawkesbury and Rockland soon after. Last year the Centre was forced to limit the spring job fair site just to Hawkesbury but Carole Muise, CSEPR representative, said this year's event marks its return to Rockland.

"Our people (clients) really expect it to be in both locations," Muise said, adding that the twinned job fair project has proven very popular with both those in search of work and those with work spaces to fill.

This year's CSEPR Job Fair saw more than 1000 people walking around the kiosks and information booths set up in Hawkesbury, at École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury, during the first half of March and at the River Rock Inn over the March 25 weekend.The Rockland event itself had almost 450 walk-ins during the day among the 34 information and interview booths.

The overall satisfaction response from both job seekers and employers taking part in this year's Rockland job fair was high. Muise noted that most comments from the employers were about how well-prepared were many of the potential applicants to their booths. CSEPR staff offered the same type of advice to job hunters taking in the fair, that they do on a day-to-day basis at the centre's offices throughout Prescott-Russell.

"We were told that the quality of job seekers was very high," she said. "The job fair is really about pairing a job seeker with the right employer."


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