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RDC ideal for recruiting

f you’re an employer looking for young workers, what better place to recruit than a high-traffic area on a college campus — with a Tim Hortons just paces away.

This is the opportunity that Ann Garrett has been offering the past three years.

Career and employment services co-ordinator at Red Deer College, she looks after RDC’s Employer Spotlight of the Day — a program that enables businesses to meet with students on college grounds.

Typically held every two weeks in The Forum — a student gathering area served by Tims and Quiznos — the Employer Spotlight consists of tables where companies share information about themselves and their employment opportunities.

“Sometimes it’s just one employer on campus, sometimes it’s 10,” said Garrett.

“It depends on the time of year and who’s recruiting, etc.”

She added that the range of vocations represented is broad.

“We have health services, we have local business, we have retail, we have trades companies, we have tutoring companies.”

The positions available include permanent and temporary, full-time and part-time, said Garrett. Some call for specialized skills or training, others are more general in their requirements.

The program also runs at the college’s Donald School of Business, with participating employers there assembled on the basis of vocational themes.

For instance, said Garrett, one group might focus on financial services, another on accounting and yet another on marketing.

The college doesn’t organize big career fairs, favouring instead the smaller Employer Spotlights. Garrett thinks these are less intimidating for students.

In addition to raising students’ awareness about job opportunities, the Employer Spotlights are a good source of information about career choices and the steps required to get there.

The college also connects employers to students in other ways, including an online job board where businesses can advertise their labour needs, and the placement of practicum students with companies in need.

Additional information about Red Deer College’s Employer Spotlight of the Day program can be obtained by contacting Garrett at ann.garrett@rdc.ab.ca or 403-314-2476.

hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

 
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