Thousands of Job Seekers Connect with Employers

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

July 3, 2007 11:03 AM

More than 2,000 job seekers have made contacts with employers over the last three months through a new provincial initiative.

Opportunities Nova Scotia, launched in March, consisted of a series of hiring fairs in Wolfville, Halifax, Sydney, Port Hawkesbury and Yarmouth, with pilots in Truro and Bridgewater. There was also online recruitment and education for employers to help them meet workforce needs.

"The participation in this initiative and the feedback we have received have been tremendous," said Education Minister Karen Casey.

"We have identified thousands of good jobs across the province and, to date, more than 200 people have found employment. We are working to keep our talent in Nova Scotia and to help employers meet their recruitment needs. The success of Opportunities Nova Scotia has gotten us closer to achieving those goals."

Success as of May 30:
-- 95 employers and 2,582 job seekers participated across the province;
-- 523 job postings were showcased, representing more than 2,300 jobs in a variety of sectors including education, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and transportation;
-- 63 per cent of all job postings were above the $30,000 salary range with 34 per cent in the $30,000 to $50,000 range and 27 per cent in the $50,000 to $70,000 range;
-- to date, more than 200 people were hired ranging from entry-level positions in call centres to highly skilled positions such as engineers and human-resource managers. This number is expected to grow as candidates continue to go through the interview and hiring process;
-- 16 per cent of all resumes received were from out-of-province, primarily from Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.

Wayne Ellis and Lisa Nicholson were among the many employers and job seekers, who connected as a result of the hiring fairs. Mr. Ellis, a superintendent with Acadian Mining Corporation, formerly Acadian Gold Corporation, was on-hand at the Halifax fair and had the opportunity to talk to Ms. Nicholson, then a job seeker and now a colleague.

"This was a great success for our organization," said Mr. Ellis. "Not only did we receive a great number of applications from qualified candidates, but it was an opportunity for us to raise the profile of our young company. The province really stepped up to the plate to connect employers and prospective employees. We look forward to involvement in future provincial initiatives."

Ms. Nicholson said she wasn't expecting to find the managerial opportunities she was looking for, but she hoped to talk to some of the companies she was targeting in her job search. Two weeks after the hiring fair, she had completed the interview process and secured a permanent, managerial role in human resources with Acadian Mining Corporation.

"I was surprised, and pleased, at the variety of positions at the fair," Ms. Nicholson said. "I would recommend events like this to anyone looking for a job. The opportunity for face-to-face communication with a wide range of employers is key."

Following up on its success in the province, Opportunities Nova Scotia will expand to other jurisdictions within Canada, targeting expatriots living and working in places such as Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Details and timing for phase two will be announced when they are finalized.

Opportunities Nova Scotia is a partnership of the Department of Education, The People Bank, jobboom.com, regional development authorities, local municipalities, the Nova Scotia Come to life initiative and employers.


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     More than 2,000 job seekers have made contacts with

employers through a new provincial initiative, Opportunities

Nova Scotia.

     Launched four months ago, Opportunities Nova Scotia

consisted of a series of hiring fairs held in Wolfville,

Halifax, Sydney, Port Hawkesbury and Yarmouth. There was also

online recruitment and education for employers to help them meet

workforce needs.

     Education minister Karen Casey says the province has

identified thousands of good jobs across the province and

more than 200 people have found employment. She says

Opportunities Nova Scotia has helped keep talent

in Nova Scotia and helped employers meet recruitment needs.

     Opportunities Nova Scotia will expand to other

jurisdictions within Canada, targeting expatriots living and

working in places such as Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and

Edmonton.
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Media Contact: Tara Walsh
              Department of Education
              902-424-0011
              E-mail: walsht@gov.ns.ca