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Fall Job Fair in Belleville and Quinte West

Nearly 30 businesses from the Quinte area will be looking for new employees during the fall job fair next week at the Quinte Sports Centre.

Belleville and Quinte West's economic development departments are partnering to host the fifth biannual event. This is the second time the municipalities have teamed up -- Belleville previously hosted the event alone.

"We just thought it was really good for Belleville and we had some companies for Quinte West who wanted to come to the job fair and we thought 'Why don't we do it together?' This way we both benefit and we share the cost," said Karen Poste, Belleville's manager of economic development. "It worked really well last time."

On Thursday, Nov. 6, businesses from both municipalities will be accepting resum├ęs from potential employees who visit the Quinte Sports Centre between 10 a. m. and 5 p. m. Poste said previous job fairs have attracted between 800 and 2,000 potential employees.

One week before the event, 27 businesses such as Career Edge, Allen Insurance Group, Stream, Goodyear and YMCA Quinte West, have registered to participate. The list of registered businesses is a mix of first-time participants and others who have attended previous job fairs.

"Certainly a lot of the companies that have come before have come back because it was so successful for them, but every time we have a few new ones," Poste said.

Poste said though attendance is always high at the job fairs thanks to advertising in local newspapers, at Service Canada, Loyalist College and Job Connect, there will be a different approach to get more people in to next week's event.

"We're doing live broadcasts with Quinte Broadcasting and Starboard Communications. They'll be there doing live broadcasts and we hope that'll help some of the businesses who can talk about the kind of people they're looking to hire and it'll hopefully bring out more people." (Source:THE INTELLIGENCER)

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