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Upcoming Sudbury French job fair employs ‘speed dating’ method

Recruiting in a global and largely virtual world means looking to new methods

It’s a job fair, but speed dating style: just one of the new ways that employers are recruiting in this increasingly online world.

And certainly if you are a Francophone or bilingual newcomer to Sudbury, the need for a job is imperative to your success. That’s why a combination of the two is ideal. 

The second edition of the Greater Sudbury Francophone and Bilingual Job Fair in Sudbury will be held Feb. 22 to 25 and will take place online.

Organized as part of the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, the effort hopes to meet the needs of the more than 25 percent of Sudbury’s population who identify as Francophone, and more than half who speak French. 

The fair, presented by the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury (CSCGS), the Société Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) and the Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone du Nord de l'Ontario (RIFNO), along with its partners, the job fair will feature primarily Greater Sudbury employers, and will be open to permanent and temporary residents of Greater Sudbury or elsewhere, who have study or work permits, as well as foreigners who have a work permit and wish to immigrate to Canada and settle in this city. 

The meeting process combines both speed dating and meet-and-greet formats. Employers each have 20-minute slots to introduce themselves. Employers then meet with job seekers during 50-minute consecutive face-to-face meetings. Attendees from last year really enjoyed the format, whose objective is to recreate, as much as possible, the human contact normally found in a physical environment. 

Some 20 employers and 400 job seekers attended the 2022 edition. 

On average, 45 job seekers participated in each of the employer presentations. Nearly 100 face-to-face meetings followed the presentations. 

"We know that employment is the key to success for a newcomer,” said Denis Constantineau, Executive Director of the CSCGS. “Events such as the job fair help build bridges between employers in the host community and the workforce that newcomers represent. It's a win-win situation." 

You can find more information about the event, or sign up, by clicking here.  


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