Employers, recruitment agencies and job seekers all descended on Albert Hall on Thursday to make the most of the Launceston Job Fair, offering workshops, training and industry advice to crowds seeking a new career.
Made up over 50 exhibitors the fair included employers, training organisations, education providers and service providers, with 1092 positions advertised across the event.
James McCormack, the federal government's employment facilitator for Tasmania's North and North-West, said the fair was an event that connected employers and people looking for work, describing the day-long event as a "jobs marketplace".
Mr McCormack said while people who attended the event may not leave with a job there was still a lot to be gained by attending the fair, including an understanding what employers were looking for and how to identify prospective employers.
He also said employers who struggled with attracting the right staff could benefit from the fair, explaining better communication with prospective employees was the first step.
"I think one of the things that employers can always do is be prepared for when people make approaches. If you want people to approach your organisation in a particular way, you can find ways to do that's going to be instructive and helpful," he said.
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Sarath Babu Sasi was one of the attendees looking for new career opportunities and said the fair had provided him with some direction in his chosen field of disability support.
He said through the fair he was able to connect with several prospective employers, as well as discuss the possibility of starting his own business in aged care after speaking with other exhibitors.
One of the exhibitors at the Job Fair, job coach Kristina White of atWork Australia, said many people experienced barriers when looking for work or approaching employment - which put them at a disadvantage.
She said part of her role was to acclimate employees to the workforce and prepare them to deal with the stress and anxiety they felt, and said attending events and job expos was a great first step.
"They say I'll go over there they look like they're friendly. It supports them a little bit more," she said.
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