The University of New Brunswick (UNB) Fredericton is hosting its annual Summer Job and Graduating Student Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Students and alumni from UNB, St. Thomas University and New Brunswick Community College are invited to meet with more than 50 companies from the province and beyond.

For the second career fair this year, UNB is partnering with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour to offer subsidies to local New Brunswick employers attending the fair as a retention initiative.

Those students attending the career fair will have a chance to see what employment opportunities are currently open to them, as well as the job market that awaits them.

Career fairs provide students with an opportunity to speak with recruiters directly and network, says Anne Soucy, director of the Career Development and Employment Centre at UNB Fredericton.

“This is a great opportunity to meet new people and gain experience talking with employers,” she said.

The fair will feature representatives from groups like Opportunities New Brunswick, Irving Oil, CIBC, Ganong Bros. Limited, and St. Georges University, as well as small, local companies such as Crandall Engineering, Gardiner Realty Royal LePage, and Ignite Fredericton. Employment opportunities are available for students and alumni from all faculties.

J.D. Irving, bronze sponsor of the career fair, will also be in attendance. The company recently announced it plans to hire 7,900 people over the next three years.

Students are encouraged to do their homework before the fair, as they will not have time to visit every booth. The Career Development and Employment Centre website features a list of participating exhibitors, with links to each website.

Soucy recommends students research the companies and develop questions to ask recruiters at the fair.

“Many recruiters take notes and use those notes when following up with the students,” she said. “Remember, first impressions are very important. With so many students attending the career fair you only have a few minutes to make a great impression.”

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