Manic Monday – Looking for that next great employee?

Midnight Musings from our CEO

How did you find one of your first jobs? Many of us who are over the age of 40, found those important first time positions through family, friends, a local ad or an ad in the newspaper. I remember my first real job (as in not working for my dad), happened because I actually walked into a business, resume in hand, applying for a position that was posted in a window.

Fear, excitement, a coming of age, the idea of having my own money. The entire experience was enough to make any teenagers palms sweat and hopes sore. Of course the job was not nearly as intriguing as the idea of it was, and the money was not going to make me the rich teen I had hoped it would, but it was independence in a way I had only dreamed of.

Today, of course, there is the internet where you can search and apply for positions in a far more anonymous way, but in the end most of the time the employer will want a face to face meeting or at the very least a Skype call before the position is secured.

We would like to suggest another great way to find a job in Tourism.  Why not attend the Tourism Job Fair hosted by TOTA and go2HR taking place March 15th at the Holiday Inn Express in Kelowna?

Open to the public, it is a great way to find out more about the wide array of jobs available in tourism throughout this region. You will have a chance to meet employers face to face in a friendly and casual setting. There will also be a few live demonstrations that may help to tweak your interest in different types of employment and an opportunity to interview with prospective employers one on one should you find that perfect match.

For our tourism employers looking to hire this spring and summer, we encourage you book a booth at this year’s event to ensure your business is front and centre with potential employees. Not only will you have a chance to meet with students and first time workers, but we anticipate a large cross section of age groups and many boomers looking to find that next career, supplement their retirement income or just stay active and involved.

Booth space is limited and registration is now open; go to

Join us …and let us help you find that next great employee or that next great job…In Tourism!


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

The Winter Olympics are almost upon us and it is hard to believe that it has already been 8 years since it was our turn in Vancouver. Amazing! We are also thrilled to have a number of Okanagan Athletes heading to the race including Tess Critchlow, Kelsey Serwa and Ian Deans to name just a few (read more); there are some great tips for things your “business should never do” in an article published in the Journal of Sustainable Business. Three ways to Green Start Your Business and The New Rules Of Green are worth taking the time to review (read more); here is a fun new idea from our friends at the Grist Mill. Check out their new “Pantry Share Program”. You can purchase shares in local farms and end up with weekly food deliveries fresh and flavourful, now that is worth sharing (read more).

Read all of this week’s News Centre stories at

Keep following and contributing to TOTA’s Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region.  Be sure to use #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories.

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