Job seekers hit career fair

Job seekers and soon to be graduates strolled past booths laden with pamphlets and filled out applications at a career fair held today at the Red Dog Inn.
The fair, running from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., was sponsored by Human Resources Development Canada and featured recruiters from continuing education programs, career training and companies actively seeking employees.
“It’s for those people who are currently unemployed and looking for a job or are employed but looking to a new career,” said Martin Strauss of Strauss Communications who co-ordinated the event.
“The main goal is to make it a little easier to have people achieve their employment goals,” he added.
HRDC decided to sponsor the fair after the success of a similar one in Kenora last fall.
Phil Koper, who lives in Fort Frances, was one of the first job hunters to arrive at the fair.
“I came for a job, a different career than the one I had before,” he said this morning.
“There’s no jobs, no jobs here at all,” he continued. “I’m tired of sitting around doing nothing.”
As soon as he entered, Koper made a beeline for Armed Forces booth. Thirteen years ago he was a section commander in the infantry, and now he’s looking to go back.
After a brief conversation with Sergeant Doneta Rasmussen, recruiter for the Canadian Armed forces, Koper had his applications filled out and was off to seek other information needed to apply.
Coun. Dave Bourgeault was also on hand for the fair. After talking with presenters and examining some of the displays he said he was impressed by the amount of information available for job seekers.
“I think it’s great. I’m pleased HRDC put this on,” he said this morning. “It’s wonderful when we have these opportunities come here.”