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New Brunswick Virtual Career Fair/Expo d'emploi virtuel '09

The 11th New Brunswick Virtual Career Fair/Expo d'emploi virtuel '09 is a partnership between the New Brunswick government and Careerbeacon.com. It will run over eight days, April 29 to May 6, at www.careerbeacon.com/NBen.

Donald Arseneault, minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, said the upcoming event is a modern initiative that caters to all job-seekers.

Jean Nadeau, general manager of Brunswick News Interactive Media Group, the parent company of Careerbeacon.com, said the Virtual Career Fair/Expo d'emploi virtuel is well-suited and well-timed to take advantage of the current labour market.

The Virtual Career Fair site will contain thousands of New Brunswick career and job opportunities during the week, posted free of charge by hundreds of the province's companies. The opportunities will range from student and entry-level jobs to professional positions in more than 30 categories, including a multitude of skilled trades opportunities.

When the province conducted its first Virtual Career Fair in the fall of 2003, it was marketed only in the province and designed to match N.B. jobs with in-province job-seekers. Nadeau said the scope of the fair has changed over the past 10 events.

Careerbeacon has been analyzing data from the last Virtual Career Fair held in October, 2008. Some interesting trends have emerged.

Nadeau says the number of job-seekers and applications they post online has increased substantially and the number of employers who have advertised positions and found high-quality applicants has also risen.

Careerbeacon.com has noticed traffic has increased in the past six months from Ontario and Western Canada. Nadeau thinks that is a natural consequence of the tougher economy and a desire by many Atlantic Canadians to return home to where good career opportunities still exist.

Twenty-five per cent of Employers surveyed after the last Virtual Career Fair/Exp d'emploi virtuel reported they received applications from outside Atlantic Canada, with Ontario leading the way among outside applicants. New Brunswick companies also reported a good number of applications from Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia.

In the 10th Fair, a total 3,166 of employment opportunities from 580 New Brunswick employers were published on the VCF website.

Careerbeacon.com's job fair team is now contacting companies to invite their participation in the 11th Fair. Employers interested in listing positions free of charge can book their ad at www.careerbeacon.com/NBen.






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