Job-finding tips for immigrants

You only get one chance to make a good impression. Impress the job fair recruiter, and you may be on your way to the job of your dreams.
On Tuesday, April 8, MOSAIC’s Job & Trades Fair takes place at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Fifty employers have signed on to participate at the free fair, making it one of the largest job fairs in the province. 
Companies at the fair will represent industries from hi-tech and finance to healthcare, hospitality and retail. For the first time, sixteen organizations from the services sector will also be in attendance and looking to fill positions ranging from welders and glaziers to engineers and estimators. Job postings call for apprentices and journeymen through to supervisors, managers and directors.
“Last year, over 3000 job seekers came to our fair. This year, we have nearly double the number of employers and the range of jobs and the industries available is very impressive,” said Larry Chan, Senior Manager of Employment Programs for MOSAIC.
Fortinet Technologies has a recruitment team onsite each year. Fiona Ho, HR Generalist, said there are currently over 40 full-time positions at the Vancouver R&D Headquarters that they hope to fill. The global provider of network security products is looking for embedded software developers and web developers, and are offering competitive salaries with benefits. 
Ho’s advice to job seekers coming to the fair: “Bring your resume. Be prepared. Be interested in the company vs. focusing on the job you’re interested in. And when you’re asked “what are you looking for?” don’t say “I just want a job.”
The Job Fair is open to all job seekers and admission is free.
MOSAIC is a non-profit organization and the primary settlement and employment services agency in Vancouver assisting immigrants in Canada. 
MOSAIC’s 3rd Annual Job Fair is on Tuesday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. To learn more, visit
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