Prep Yourself for JOB FAIR 2017 (April 4)

Here are some handy tips from our friends at Career Cruising


To get the most from a fair, you will need to be well prepared. The tip sheet below helps ensure that you’re ready to put your best foot forward.
 Determine your goals and identify which skills you want to market. Think about how your skills, knowledge, and experience fit the organizations’ needs. You can track this information in My Plan
 Find out which companies and organizations will be represented, and research them to determine if they are of interest to you
 Prepare copies of your resume (or resumes if you have several versions), tailored to a variety of career choices. Be sure to review the tips in the Employment Guide to polish your resume
 Create a calling card or networking card that includes your contact information and a skills summary
 Consider taking supporting documents such as reference letters, your professional portfolio (including examples of your work and accomplishments), copies of your transcript, and completed job applications. You can build up your library of documents in My Files
 Compose intelligent, well-informed questions that you want to ask employers. It may be helpful to review the “Questions You Can Ask” section of the Employment Guide
 Practice your handshake and your 30-to-60 second self-introduction
 Plan what you will wear; dress professionally, as you would for a job interview
 Pick up a floor map, and plan which companies you want to visit. You may want to speak to representatives from companies you are really interested in after you have practiced and warmed up with some other companies first
 You should take copies of your resume to leave with employers at their request, but, ideally, you want to send (the next day) a letter or resume that reflects the information you gained from your discussion with the employer. If you do leave a resume on the day of the fair, follow up the next day with a letter
 Do not arrive during the last half hour of the event because employers may be tired after a long day or need to leave early
 Do not take an employer’s promotional materials without first talking to the company representative and then being invited to do so
 Visit booths by yourself. You will appear to be more confident and be better able to focus and market yourself if you are on your own
 Do not directly ask for a job. Present your self-introduction and ask questions of the company representative
 Be mindful of the time you take with each employer. Do not spend more than ten minutes with an employer unless the representative invites you to continue the conversation. Other people will want to speak with the employer, so be careful not to monopolize an employer’s time
 Collect the names of appropriate people to follow up with after the fair
 Be organized: take a folder to collect handouts, a calendar in case an employer wants to schedule an interview, and a pen and paper or electronic organizer to record notes and required follow-up

BC Buy Local Grants

The $8 million Buy Local Program offers funding in 2016/17 for BC’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to enhance local marketing efforts to increase consumer demand and sales of BC agrifoods.

Businesses and organizations can apply for matching funding (i.e., applicants are required to contribute 50% in cash of the total cost of the project budget) for projects that promote local foods that are grown, raised, harvested, or processed in BC.

The amount of cost-shared funding applied for must be considered reasonable relative to the applicant’s annual sales in the previous and current years. The maximum funding available as a percentage of reported annual revenue is 30%.

Program Objectives

Projects must meet the following objectives:

  • Increase use of British Columbia’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors in the domestic marketplace
  • Build consumer preference, demand and sales for BC agrifoods sold within the province

Eligible Activities

Businesses and organizations representing BC’s agriculture, agrifood or seafood sectors are accessing up to $75,000 for eligible projects to a minimum of $5,000. Activities must be NEW activities to the applicant to be found eligible. Examples include:

  • Media advertising (e.g., radio, TV, print)
  • In-store promotions and advertising (e.g., signage, recipes, in-store demonstrations, consumer contests, flyer advertising)
  • Adding your buy local identifier to on-product labelling
  • Social media or web campaigns (e.g., Buy Local specific landing page)
  • Trade shows and events
  • Branding and public relations activities

Eligible Activities

BC Food: any food, seafood or beverage product made entirely from ingredients sourced in BC or composed of more than 85% of their main ingredients from BC. All processing and packaging must be done in BC.

BC-made Food: any food, seafood or beverage product that is processed and packaged entirely in BC. When the main ingredients are available in sufficient quantities from BC producers, they must be used.

To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate that their marketing efforts will result in increased consumption of their products and generate increased revenue for the applicant.

For specific information on eligible products (primary production and processed food and beverages) please refer to the BC Government’s Buy Local Program FAQ or contact our Buy Local Program Coordinator.

Ineligible Activities

All activities must be directly linked to increasing sales. The following activities will no longer be eligible for funding:

  • Social media such as Facebook and Twitter as stand-alone activities (these are only considered eligible as part of a complete social media campaign)
  • Awareness building activities with the exception of “new” products introduced to the domestic market
  • Domestic market research
  • Marketing plans
  • Translating materials into English
  • Educational events (e.g., producer workshops)

For more information about eligibile/ineligible activities: BC Government’s Buy Local Program FAQ

Eligible Applicants

  • Associations
  • Cooperatives
  • Marketing boards
  • Aboriginal groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individual firms (including food processors)

All applicants must have a head office, or be registered, in BC.


Application and Adjudication dates for 2016/17*


*subject to available funds

For more information

Please contact our Buy Local Program Coordinator

Donna Anaka

T 604.329.2290 E danaka(at)

Download the brochure: BC Government’s Buy Local Program

Water Cooler March 2017: Does your boss value your work?


by Melany Hallam

Question: Do you feel valued for the work that you do? Yes/No/Somewhat

Believe it or not, money isn’t the only reward that people need in order to feel that they are valued at work. Yes, money sure helps but, in my own experience, my best paid position was one I left because I didn’t feel that my time or efforts were respected.

Looking back on it now, I realize that part of the problem was that I wasn’t good at communicating to managers my successes, compliments from clients or the sheer volume of work that I tackled every day. I just kept my head down and did the work. It turns out that this is exactly the wrong thing to do if you want to be recognized and valued by your boss.

There’s lots of career advice out there on how to toot your own horn without becoming known around the office as a braggart, such as:

  • Only take credit for your own accomplishments (not that of others you work with or who work for you). That way, managers and co-workers will pay attention when you talk about what you’ve achieved.
  • If someone you work with does a good job, say so. They may do the same for you one day.
  • Stick to the facts, don’t exaggerate.
  • When someone compliments you, say “Thank you”. Don’t minimize what you’ve achieved, and don’t be afraid to take credit for great work.

But feeling valued isn’t solely your own responsibility. A study out of Florida State University (FSU) ( several years ago found that the employee/boss relationship has a huge effect on job satisfaction and employee retention.

“They say that employees don’t leave their job or company, they leave their boss,” says study author Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in FSU’s College of Business.

The FSU research group surveyed more than 700 people working in a range of jobs about their opinions of supervisor treatment on the job. They found that:

  • 37 percent reported that their boss failed to give credit when due
  • 39 percent noted that their boss failed to keep promises
  • 31 percent of respondents reported that their boss gave them the “silent treatment” in the past year
  • 27 percent noted that their boss made negative comments about them to other employees or managers
  • 24 percent reported that their boss invaded their privacy
  • 23 percent indicated that their boss blames others to cover up mistakes or to minimize embarrassment

I don’t know about you, but no amount of money would be enough for me to put up with that sort of treatment on a regular basis. So if you’re feeling unappreciated at work, don’t ignore that feeling. It won’t go away by itself. Stop and assess what it is that you need to change. The solution could be as simple as asking for what you want ( Remember, your boss may be completely unaware of your unhappiness – and she can’t say “Yes” if you don’t ask!

Here are some further readings and resources that might help: