Gerry's Calgary SUN Column: March 20th, 2017

The Alberta unemployment rate sits around 8.8% and the real sad part about the statistic is so many skilled labourers are ready to go but yet haven’t found employment.

Well, let’s hope some good news just released in the provincial budget about plans to move ahead with further construction of the Calgary ring road will be great news for a bunch of those looking to get back to work in a stagnant job market.

The budget contained $382 million of additional funding for the $5-billion southwest ring road project, with more money to come in the future, so it will be quite the undertaking.

Those who have the skills will be the big winners when it comes to landing a job.

The work is about to go ahead on portions of the southwest ring road and as additional plans are laid out, more and more people will be called up to fill necessary positions.

It is the time to get your resumé out, rework it, polish it up and on April 1 (no, not a joke) a one-day event has been set aside to pair unfilled jobs with needed skilled workers.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Delta South Hotel, 135 Southland Drive S.E., and resumés will be accepted in the Nakiska Ballroom with interviews to follow.

This will be quite the undertaking, with crane operators, heavy equipment specialists and everyday jobs like traffic control operators and safety folks.

They also require carpenters, construction labourers, heavy-duty mechanics to keep everything running and surveyors to map things out.

Speaking of job searches … if you are just leaving school and looking for work, the City of Calgary will be doing Interview Preparation Workshops to get you ready to hit the market.

These are hosted by the Youth Employment Centre and will help you out with mock interview questions, the dos and don’ts, research on jobs and stuff as simple as what to wear.

The workshops are being held at 315 10 Ave S.E. on March 27 between 1 and 2 p.m.

They are also hosting a job fair for those who are ready to go, it’s the following day on Tuesday March 28 at The Big Four Building at Stampede Park between 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This job fair is for those between the ages of 15 to 24 years and you will have the chance to meet with various employers currently looking for staff — full- and part-time, along with seasonal employment.

This is pretty much the only job fair specially setup for youth with thousands of jobs to be filled for work this spring and summer.

If you would like more information just go to calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS and scroll to youth employment.

The Calgary Stampede is always looking for folks to fill their roster for the big fair as well everything from venue services attendants to banquet captains.

There are also a ton of volunteer positions as well. They are even looking for a new Harry The Horse, so if you ever wanted to do mascot work, this is for you.

For job openings with the Calgary Stampede, go to ca.indeed.com/Calgary-Stampede-Jobs