Nova Scotia Employers Take Steps to Bring Former Nova Scotians Home to Work

    HALIFAX, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - Some of Nova Scotia's largest employers will be
in Ottawa, this week to recruit former Nova Scotians and other job-seekers for
positions back home.
    Opportunities Nova Scotia has scheduled a networking event in Ottawa on
Wednesday, Nov. 7 to showcase available positions and establish and maintain
connections with potential employees. Similar events will take place this week
in Toronto and Mississauga, and in Calgary and Edmonton on Nov. 13 and 15.
    "We're expecting an average of nearly 13,000 new job openings annually
over the next five years, and we want to get out there and tell Canadians
about them," said Premier Rodney MacDonald. "By bringing together some of Nova
Scotia's top businesses, which are prepared to win employees in a very
competitive climate, we can demonstrate the strength of our economy and show
that there are high-quality jobs available right now in Nova Scotia."
    Employers taking part in Opportunities Nova Scotia include Halifax
Regional Municipality, Maritime Forces Atlantic, EastLink, Dexter
Construction, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Capital District Health Authority and
the Public Service Commission. These organizations employ about 30,000 Nova
Scotians in key sectors in all regions of the province.
    A virtual recruitment campaign has been created to accompany the
networking events, giving expatriates and other job-seekers across the country
and in Nova Scotia a chance to connect with employers through online job
postings at .
    The Nova Scotia government has hired human-resource consultants The
People Bank to facilitate the events and run the online recruitment campaign.
The People Bank will host Opportunities Nova Scotia offices in each city for
five months around the events, enabling employers and job seekers to connect
over the longer term.
    "Nova Scotians no longer have to settle for less when they move back to
the province. Employers recognize we need to offer comparable salaries,
benefits and working conditions, and we're prepared to go the extra mile to
recruit talented employees," said Don Rankin, director of human resources for
EastLink. "The quality of life in Nova Scotia has always been exceptional. Now
we're closing the gap to make it more appealing to work here as well."
    Jennifer O'Brien is a Nova Scotian who recently made the decision to move
back home from Ottawa. She left Nova Scotia with her family when she was in
high school, and stayed in Ottawa to complete university and start her career
as a retail manager.  Her family had moved back to Nova Scotia and she wanted
to join them, so last June she made the move. Now she is working as a retail
manager with Habitat for Humanity.
    "Although I lived in Ottawa, I always felt like Nova Scotia was home,"
said Ms. O'Brien. "In Nova Scotia, people seem to enjoy life more. The
emphasis is on friends and family rather than on fitting your life into the
hustle and bustle of your career. Nova Scotians seem to take time for each
other and make a conscious effort to help people around them, even in traffic.
That's why I decided to come home."
    The Ottawa Opportunities Nova Scotia event will take place at the Minto
Suite Hotel, 185 Lyon St. North, from noon to 8 p.m. local time.

    For more information on Opportunities Nova Scotia, see the website at .

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Holly Dunn, Nova Scotia
Department of Education, (902) 424-8786, Cell: (902) 221-3615,

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