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Georgian College Orillia campus career expo an 'eye-opener'

More than 500 students take advantage of opportunity to network with 40 local employers
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Sgt. Ron Dalton, left, associate recruiter, and Teena Cross, northern regional recruiter for Correctional Services Ontario, speak to students at the Georgian College Orillia Campus on Wednesday morning. Doug Crawford/Georgian College

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GEORGIAN COLLEGE (ORILLIA CAMPUS)
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More than 500 students looking for opportunities for summer or permanent positions in the human services and community safety fields had the chance to network with more than 40 local employers at the Georgian College Orillia Campus on Wednesday.

Attendees were able to learn about hiring processes directly from employers and ask questions about preferred skills and certifications and get specific details on advancement opportunities and industry trends and outlooks.

Organizer Tammy McDowell, a career consultant at the college, said the event is a unique opportunity in today's hiring world where the whole job hunting process is automated and impersonal.

“It’s so rare now to be able to meet face to face with the people who might be employing you, and for the employers to see their potential hires, and get to ask questions of each other to create better understanding and hopefully build some bonds for the future through this networking opportunity,” said McDowell. “It’s also an eye-opener for some students that, yes, the RCMP will hire social service workers, not just policing students.”

Students also learned there are many jobs in the correctional field.

“The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services are looking to hire 500 new correctional officers to work in their 26 facilities across Ontario this year,” said Teena Cross, northern regional recruiter for Correctional Services Ontario. “With new buildings under construction in Thunder Bay and Ottawa, our recruiting efforts will continue to expand as current staff near retirement age.”

Besides bringing employers and students in the human services and community safety fields together, the College offered on-site LinkedIn profile reviews by Georgian career consultants to make sure their profiles accentuated all their achievements.

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