Online Volunteer and Job Fair (May 5)
Get involved. Find a job. Explore experience-building opportunities.
May 5, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (drop-in event)
Experience — everyone needs it, but not everyone gains experience in the same ways. Come to the Online Volunteer and Job Fair to explore your options and find something that suits your interests and goals. You’ll discover a range of volunteer opportunities, co-op positions and part-time, full-time and summer jobs. Plus, you’ll get to connect in real time with organizations who want to hire McMaster students and recent alumni.
At the online fair, you’ll have easy access to employers and organizations and exciting opportunities. Browse and learn about all the different organizations and positions to help you narrow down your options. Then, get answers to your questions and share your background during one-on-one text or video chats with representatives. This is a drop-in event, so join any time during the event for instant access.
- Discover opportunities to get involved in your community and develop transferrable skills that all employers value.
- Access jobs that might not be posted anywhere else.
- Network and build personal connections with representatives and hiring managers. (Hint: This will help set yourself apart from other applicants!)
- Get industry information you can use in applications, cover letters and interviews.
- Share your background by uploading your resume.
Before the fair
- Explore organization information and opportunities before chatting with a representative.
- Make a plan — choose which organizations you want to interact with.
- Check out these tips from organizations to help you get ready.
- Attend a workshop to develop your resume and LinkedIn profile.
- Attend our virtual career drop-ins (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) to get tips and advice to help you prepare for the fair.
- ProVantage Automation (platinum sponsor)
- Apotex Inc. (gold sponsor)
- CarePartners (silver sponsor)
- Stelco (silver sponsor)
- SnapPea Design (bronze sponsor)
- Speech Therapy Centres of Canada Ltd. (bronze sponsor)
- ACE Learning
- AGTA Home Healthcare Hamilton-Niagara
- AlphaBee and WM+A
- American Iron & Metal
- Atlantic Industries Limited
- Bruce County
- Candido Consulting Group Inc.
- Certified Listeners Society
- Cogent Power Inc.
- Day & Ross
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
- Fitness On The Go
- The Forge
- Global Opportunities
- Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
- Healthcare and Municipal Employees Credit Union
- Helping Hands
- Home Instead – Hamilton
- Kinark Child and Family Services
- L’Arche Hamilton
- Rainbow’s End Community Development Corporation
- Seasons Retirement Communities
- Tata Consultancy Services Canada
- Think Pacific
- Tri-County Mennonite Homes
- Virtual Internships
- Youth Challenge International
Getting involved means getting experience
Are you wondering if volunteering is for you? Explore the value of volunteering in these tip sheets.
Learn from your peers
Check out these student journeys to learn more about the possibilities of volunteering.
- My day volunteering for Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centre
- A lesson at every corner
- My Experience with SAM
- The Planned Happenstance Project: Asma Maqsood
- The Planned Happenstance Project: Ananya Sharma
- What I learned in my final year
Do you have questions about volunteering and ways to gain experience? Drop in to the Experiential Programming and Outreach booth to chat with SSC staff who can answer your questions and offer support.
Let’s Talk Careers: Facebook Live
Our careers team loves to chat about job search strategies, ways to gain experience, how to set yourself apart in your resume and more. Check out these Facebook Live recordings to catch up on all the insight and tips.
- Let’s Talk Careers: Part-Time Jobs
- Let’s Talk Careers: How to Get Experience When You Have No Experience
Digital Skills Series
- Transform Your Resume with Word (video)
- How to Take a Professional LinkedIn Head Shot with Your Smartphone (video)
After the fair
So, you’ve attended the fair, gotten inspired and met with a bunch of different organizations. What’s next? Check out these resources to help you follow up with recruiters and representatives so you can get to the next stage in the application process.
Or, you might find that your search isn’t over after the fair. That’s okay! We’ve listed some great ways to find opportunities after the fair.
After the fair, it’s important to follow up with the organizations and employers you want to stay connected with. Check out these tips to learn how to develop these ongoing professional relationships after the event.
Do you have an interview with one of the organizations you met at the fair? Congratulations! Check out these tips to prepare for a successful interview.
Practice and develop with Big Interview
Big Interview is a comprehensive interview practice tool that will help you develop your interviewing skills based on your situation and industry of interest. Take advantage of Big Interview to prepare for work interviews, professional school interviews, clubs, volunteer opportunities and more.
After the fair, you may find that freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities are more your speed. Check out these organizations to support your ideas and get connected with opportunities.
- Gigit: A social platform built especially for local communities, schools, non-profit organizations, students and individual community members, to help match volunteers with the organizations that need them.
- Hamilton Business Centre: This resource provides information and tools that entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses.
- Innovation Factory: A non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurs with business services, training, mentorship and strategic connections to help bring your disruptive technologies to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.
- The Forge: A business incubator serving innovative startups in the Hamilton Region and McMaster University.
Do your own research on board positions available to students. These experiences are great on your resume, and they increase your access to professional networks. By being involved, you will develop skills and knowledge in many areas of a business. You will participate in discussions and decisions in areas such as marketing, governance, finance, branding and recruiting. You might even interact with community officials.
Try some searching for opportunities using these resources:
- Global Hamilton Connect
- Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals
- The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
- Hamilton HIVE groups
Explore more opportunities on OSCARplus
We post opportunities like this on OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Volunteering > Volunteer Postings. Additionally, we post new jobs and experience-building opportunities daily. So check often!
Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) are for students and alumni who identify as a member of an equity-seeking group or have barriers to employment. The CAPS team provides individualized support to assist with all aspects of career development including exploration, preparation and the building of skills and confidence.
Our services are flexible and adaptable. Whether you’d like to chat over the phone or online through Zoom, Skype, email or another platform that works for you, we’re here to help. Email us (email@example.com) or book an appointment on OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Appointments > Careers.
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