That’s the word Jennifer Best used to describe the atmosphere at the YMCA Career Fair.
The community programs senior director says both employers and job applicants have left the fair with a positive feeling.
“They’ve all been giving us positive feedback,” Best said of the exhibitors. “Telling us how thrilled they are, and it’s actually exceeding their expectations in terms of what they were looking for for skilled workers.”
She added that by the end of Thursday’s session, 900 applicants had made their way to the fair, and within a half-hour on Friday the total had surpassed 1,000.
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The YMCA worked hard to make sure all the exhibitors had jobs available, ranging from site jobs with Syncrude to white-collar positions with Investors Group. Line-ups for oilsands jobs were significantly longer, though every station saw a fair amount of traffic.
“Things are changing,” Best said. “People who do have jobs are looking for more secure employment. The ones without jobs are walking out with smiles on their faces, feeling like they’ve been able to connect with some of the employers in the community.”