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Looking for work?

By Michael Potestio - Merritt Herald
Published: September 04, 2013 3:00 PM
Updated: September 04, 2013 3:51 PM

WorkBC is holding a two-day job fair with at least 20 vendors from Merritt and Kamloops next Wednesday and Thursday.

Danica Vere, WorkBC job developer and life skills facilitator, said the job fair will run each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Merritt Civic Centre.

Schools such as NVIT, Spott Shaw College, Thompson Rivers University as well as two consolidation companies will be there. A construction union conglomerate, which services northern B.C., will be on hand as well, Vere said. All three banks in Merritt will be at the job fair along with two insurance companies, and various industries from around Merritt will be represented.

Vere said for anyone looking for a job, the WorkBC job fair is the place to go as they have employers eager to hire people willing to stay in Merritt.

“As much as it’s a job fair, it’s also a career fair,” she said. “We’re hoping the industries will be coming in and explaining what future positions they have available, so those going to school can make sure they’re customizing their education to the jobs that will be available in the Merritt area.”

Vere said when it comes to the job market, “Merritt is very diverse” with a “transient” community.

“We want to try and get that stability within Merritt. We want to be able to show that there is a future to Merritt in the careers that are available,” Vere said. “We have anything from our construction to general labour. Our mining industry, of course, is huge, as is our forestry industry.”

She said retail and tourism jobs are often overlooked in Merritt.

The schools at the job fair will be talking about tourism courses they offer as this year’s tourism season winds down.

“When the hotels [and] B.C. tourism all start doing their hiring practices, we’ve got them ready. They’re not looking outside the Merritt area and we’ve got the qualified people right here for it,” Vere said.

Vere said the gas stations along Voght Street, Wal-Mart and Extra Foods are constantly looking to fill positions.

Also, WorkBC will have computers available to help job seekers fine tune their resumes.

“We’re also going to have an instructor on hand to help you with any interview skills,” Vere said, adding the event will cover how to prepare answers for interviews as well.