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Agriculture and food Industries host virtual, career fairs

The agriculture and food supply chains have faced widespread disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how essential it is to keep store shelves stocked, by supporting and strengthening Ontario’s food supply chain. Many local people may be seeking new employment opportunities, either because of the economic downturn, process changes as a result of Covid-19, or because they want to explore new possibilities in new areas. For those individuals who may be looking at a career change, careers in the food and agriculture industry could be a great option. A quick sample of opportunities illustrates the variety of options available, they are jobs like: Skilled Trades positions – Millwrights, Electricians, Maintenance Managers: Sales Representatives & Territory Sales – Sales experience or an interest in food an asset; Quality Assurance – Bachelor of Arts or Science preferred but not required, management positions based on experience; Production and Packaging Technicians – no previous experience required; Lab Technicians – Bachelor of Science Degree; and a Food Safety Specialist – (bachelor’s degree in food science Preferred) The agriculture and food Industries have decided to host several local, but virtual, career fairs. Job seekers are invited to attend these events to meet with employers who are hiring. Just like at an in-person career fair, the virtual career fair, will feature virtual exhibit floors, where job seekers, can browse potential employers as well as job opportunities that are available, and will be able to have a real-time message and face to face conversations with company representatives. Throughout the process, attendees will also be able to communicate with each other in real-time and will also get the chance to learn more about the industry and the current/future jobs available. There will be presentations and overviews of various sectors of the industry. Attendees will be able to do all this in the safety and comfort of their own home. Some of the Virtual Career Fairs will target more regional opportunities. Employers from that region will attend the Virtual Career Fairs to discuss specific opportunities in that region. “Both the region specific and the province-wide career fairs will be very hands-on events, designed to help job seekers realize the many skills that they have built up, in their career in another industry, are very transferrable to the agriculture and food industry,” said Kathryn Doan, CareersInFood.com Director of Business Development. Their will be two province wide Career Fairs, on July 8th and August 25th. Both will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This online networking opportunity is free of charge for all participants. If you are not great with technology, but want to participate in a career fair, the CareersInFood.com Job Seeker Concierge can help guide you through the process. To register for the event, visit CareersInFood.com/ feed-your-future or call the concierge, at 866-657-5383 extension 4. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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