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Huge job fair today looking for full-time seekers

The City of Barrie is hosting a job fair this afternoon and it is a big one with lots of full-time opportunity

The City of Barrie is hosting a job fair this afternoon and it is a big one with lots of full-time opportunity.

Today from 3-7 p.m. the Eastview Arena will be host to the September Community Job Fair. The event is unlike some of its kind in that it focuses on employers looking for full-time workers as opposed to agencies searching part-time help. Briar Kelly is the program co-ordinator at Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia and says that with all the potential employers at the fair, she hopes many will come out and see what suits them.

“We have around 51 companies taking part in today’s fair with a waiting list of many more,” said Kelly. “This event is unique in that it focuses solely on companies that are seeking people looking to gain full-time employment rather than part-time work. We actually have no temp agencies here unless they are representing one company who again, is seeking people looking for a long-term fix.”

The bi-annual event is hosted by the City of Barrie and Barrie area Employment Ontario Service providers every March and September. The wide range of companies looking for workers is what gives the event real appeal and according to Kelly, the feedback has been positive all around with many people showing up and finding something they are looking for.

“It’s a very well-planned out fair every time so that people can find what they need without being overwhelmed with a clutter of faces and booths,” said Kelly. “We work closely with career centres in the region to make sure that potential employees, be it first time or those who have been out before, know what they need when they walk through the door. This fair is very helpful and not intimidating at all, as I know these things can get that way at times. Get here and ask questions, be engaged and feel free to not know exactly how these things go; we are here to help.”

The wide variety of businesses range from Cabela’s, Tim Horton’s, Napoleon Home Comfort, Casino Rama, GEEP Canada and even the RCMP. Folks coming out are encouraged to bring a resume and be prepared to talk about themselves and what they can bring to a potential employer.

“If you’re looking for work, particularly a steady job, get here,” said Kelly. “This is the job fair you’ve been waiting for with just its size alone, but also the many different types of businesses that will be here ready to help, listen and talk. It’s a great event and just walking through the door could be the first step you need to get that career you’ve been looking for.”

The Community Job Fair is today from 3pm to 7pm at the Eastview Arena located at 453 Grove Street. Check out the Facebook page for more information at