12,000 positions offered at Quebec's largest job fair

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12,000 positions offered at the largest job fair in Quebec

Fast food is particularly affected by the shortage of workers.

Proof that the labor shortage is still hitting hard, the largest job and continuing education fair in Quebec is posting a record number of vacancies.

More than 12,000 jobs are available to visitors to this fair, which takes place until Thursday at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. There is also a record number of exhibitors, around 280 organizations, says the instigator of the show, the founder and president of Événement Carrières, Éric Boutié.

The needs are distributed among various sectors of activity, from the public service to retail trade, including manufacturing, agri-food, security and transport.

After two years during which many employers had to settle for virtual activities, a job fair is more relevant than ever, believes Mr. Boutié.

It is a human encounter. In recruitment, you have to be able to meet people. At the show, people will be able to ask questions, shake hands and discuss possibilities, he told The Canadian Press.

A few minutes before the opening from the doors of the Montreal Job Fair, Wednesday noon, dozens of people were waiting in line.

Increasingly, job search is done electronically. But sometimes just meeting someone from the company face to face and having a conversation can bring about a different dynamic, believes Lawrence Elancy, a graduate in operations and logistics engineering. He moved to discover the possibilities available to him in view of the upcoming end of his part-time employment contract.

Retired from the health since June, Sylvie Lemay came to see the possibilities of a new career and to seek some advice to update her CV.

I'm young and have loads of energy to do more than stay home. I'm curious, I'll see what interests me, says Ms. Lemay, who has been a beneficiary attendant for 35 years.

At least 50% of visitors come from immigration, says Mr. Boutié, who believes that this year, this proportion could climb to 60 or 70%.

It is often a first entry point for a newcomer, he says. He will rub shoulders a bit with the job market. He will be able to meet representatives of hundreds of companies that he could not meet virtually on job sites.

Rachel De Oliveira, originally from France, hopes to find a job in administration after having worked in catering since arriving here a year ago. She believes that the labor shortage context will make her job easier.

I think we're in a bit of a situation where we have the luxury of being able to choose, of even going into areas where we don't necessarily have experience, he says. her.

A survey of exhibitors at the Job Fair reveals that 84% of them believe that the next government of Quebec should welcome more new immigrants to counter the labor shortage, reports the Career Event.

There is a desire from employers, who told us that if there are more newcomers to Quebec, they are ready to recruit them, says Mr. Boutié.

At Scierie St-Michel, we believe that the proportion of immigrants among the staff will increase. It's going to be a must for us. We are going to have a lot of retirements in the next two or three years. We will have no choice, says the director of health, safety and the environment, Gino Ferland.

This company located a hundred kilometers north of Joliette, in Lanaudière, currently employs six Tunisians, three French and four Mexicans, who alternate between work and studies thanks to a partnership with the Cégep de Saint-Félicien.

The sawmill has also set up a paid training program in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Center des services scolaire des Samares in order to meet the needs of workforce.

For the human resources manager at Sigma-RH Solutions, the process for obtaining a work permit by a immigration should be simplified.

We have had cases where, sometimes, the process was long. It's still the life of a person behind who can find themselves without a job, maintains Isabelle Quintard.

The Employment and training continues expects to welcome 5,000 to 6,000 visitors in two days.

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