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The Laval News, Laval's English newspaper since 1993 - Journal anglais à Laval depuis 1993.

At least 3,500 students searching for summer jobs will be at Montmorency College on March 21

Up to 1,000 people will find employment at Regional Student Job Fair Event is considered a ‘must’ for young people seeking summer work

There’s good news for students from Laval who are looking for work this summer: the Regional Student Job Fair will be back at Montmorency College for its ninth successful year.

On March 21, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., some 40 employers will be at the college offering summer jobs. As many as 1,000 successful student applicants will find work this summer as a result of attending the job fair.

Many types of work
Visitors will have the opportunity to apply for employment in areas like recreation, food service, health, retailing, administration and others. The list of employers who will be there is available at www.cmontmorency.qc.ca/foire. Employment counsellors, working in conjunction with the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Laval (CJEL), will offer assistance with resume editing.
Those wishing to use this service should bring their curriculum vitae on a computer storage medium such as a USB memory stick or a CD. The CJEL counsellors will also hold short workshops on job search techniques. In addition, the counsellors will provide tips on such things as how to write a good resume and how to make a good impression during a job interview.

On the ‘must’ list

According to Luc Thomas, a placement counsellor with Montmorency College’s student and community affairs department, many students in secondary four and five from Laval’s English and French language high schools, as well as an equal number of local CEGEP students, list the job fair in their agendas this time of year as a must do. As much as the fair seems to offer students the best possible chance of landing a job during the short summer period, employers also report great satisfaction after taking part.
The last Laval Regional Student Job Fair in March last year attracted more than 3,500 students from the Laval and surrounding areas. They submitted some 5,600 resumes. Almost 28 per cent of them were CEGEP students, around 62 per cent were high school students, and about 10 per cent were university or continuing education students.

Interesting prospects
“It goes without saying that we can’t guarantee that every student out of the 3,500 will succeed in getting a job,” said Thomas. “But what I can say with a reasonable degree of certainty is that around 1,000 people will find jobs at the Job Fair. That in itself is a very interesting prospect for any student who is looking for summer work.”
Partners involved in the organization of the event include the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Laval, Montmorency College, the Laval School Board, the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Laval Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Emploi-Québec, the City of Laval and Service Canada. The Comité d’action pour les personnes handicapées et l’intégration au travail (CAPHIT) joined the team this year so as to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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