These tips can help you get a job you actually like

Jun 16 2016, 2:26 am

Vancouverites are accustomed to working for the regular retailers we’re so used to seeing in BC. But an upcoming job fair is taking retail opportunities to the next level.

Popular retailers  like H&M, Forever 21, and Aritzia (Sunday only) will be there, but a crop of first-to-BC stores are making an appearance. The stores include Saks OFF 5TH, Pro Hockey Life, Bass Pro Shops, the Outlet by Harry Rosen and much more.

Tsawwassen Mills will be home to these popular stores when it opens Wednesday, October 5 –  as a result it’s holding a job fair and your name’s already on the guest list. The mall will be one of BC’s largest and its recruiters are looking to hire over 1000 new employees. Show up and you’ll get to meet the shopping centres participating retailers on June 25 and 26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East building).

But don’t get ahead of yourself – to find success, you have to work for it. To help you ace your interviews we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips.


There’s only so much you can predict about chatting with recruiters which gives you all the more reason for getting ready to the best of your ability. Roll your sleeves up and do some research so you feel prepared. Check out the internet for commonly asked questions, but make sure your answers don’t sound too rehearsed. Last but not least, prep your cover letter and resume, no excuses for forgetting them.

Follow up

Not many people bother to do this, but it can make a huge difference. Make a point of remembering names of recruiters and remember to take business cards from all of them. Take note of your favourite jobs and email the applicable recruiter back to say thank you.

Be real

Look and sound professional but don’t take it over the top. Make sure you stay grounded, polite, and curious. Don’t pretend to know more than you do and if needed, take a few extra seconds to ask any questions so you can get them right.

Look the part

Dressing professionally is a sign of respect. Doing so can help separate you from the next person in line and leave a lasting impression. Even if you don’t ace your questions, you’ll be more likely to get a call back. Dress for the recruiter and not for yourself.

Ask questions

The recruiter wants to know that you’re interested in the brand and that you’re committed to learning more. Memorize some basic questions in your mind before showing up and you can easily adapt them for each brand.

Tsawwassen Mills Job Fair

When: June 25 (12 to 7 pm) and June 26 (11 am to 5 pm)

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre

Price: Free

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