job fair 

By Amy Fendley Job seekers lined up for their screenings and interviews at the Whistler Conference Centre over the weekend as the fifth annual Job Fair came and went. More than 270 interviews were set up to fill 84 positions in Whistler. The fair took place on Nov. 1, at the conference centre. Many full-time and part-time jobs were available with 13 different employers. Michelle Rideout, employment co-ordinator for the WCC Employment Centre, said there were a few skill-specific jobs that took a while finding the right person to fill, but that overall the fair ran quite smoothly. "We ran things a little differently this year," said Rideout. "In the past people lined up for screening interviews, this year they lined up to schedule interview times, then they were free to go or to wait. We had 40 volunteers conducting screenings, so generally the waits weren’t long." The Job Fair was a separate event from the Whistler Blackcomb Employee Experience. Whistler Blackcomb exceeded its initial plan of hiring staff to fill all positions by Oct. 31, by one week. They are still recruiting instructors for the ski school, and Gord Ahrens, director of employee experience, says there will be more jobs available between now and December. "We had a good flow of applicants," said Ahrens. "People coming out to live their dream."

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