Held twice a year in Toronto, the National Job Fair & Training Expo is more than a chance to spread your resume around. By providing workshops and seminars alongside the potential employers, these are among the many Toronto employment events which offer a great opportunity to consider career options while also improving your job hunting skills.
Dates and Times:
Although each edition of the National Job Fair & Training Expo can be a bit different, the following information usually applies:
- They are held once in September and once in March or April
- They are two-day events that fall on weekdays (such as a Tuesday and Wednesday)
- Doors are open from 10am to 7pm both days
Admission in fall 2011 will be $3.95 paid at the door (no pre-registration is required or available).
Once you're inside there are free business seminars and employment workshops available. They can help you with things like improving your resume and deciding if entrepreneurship is right for you. Some of the programming requires you to sign-up on the day of as spaces are limited.
Location & Access:
The expos are held in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, usually in the North Building. The MTCC sits right at 255 Front Street West, which is an easy walk from Union Station. Just head west along Front, or use the Skywalk indoor walkway.
If you're driving, paid parking is available in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre parking garages or in various lots around the area. The MTCC website provides driving directions and a map of parking lots .
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is wheelchair accessible.
A Few Tips:
If you're considering attending the next National Job Fair & Training Expo, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Check if your ideal employment sector is represented
If you have a career path in mind or are only interested in jobs within a certain industry, check the list of exhibitors on the Expo's website. Not all sectors are well-represented at every event.
- Know that the "national" part of the title is serious
Although many of the hiring companies are looking for Toronto staff, others will only be interested in you if you're willing to relocate.
- Look for any workshops or seminars that interest you
And plan around them. Topics are usually only covered once a day and some only once during the entire expo. If sign-up is required, be sure to go early.
- Don't worry if you can't attend
Although it's great to have so many resources and employers in one place, you can access many of the same organizations online. Let our information on Toronto job listings online get you started.