QIC has launched a national Jobs Fair initiative offering prospective candidates access over 600 potential local jobs from close to 70 interested retail partners across Australia’s east coast.

To support retailers find and hire new workers in the lead up to Christmas, 12 QIC centres will host localised recruitment drives throughout August and September across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, connecting retailers and brand partners and offering employment opportunities for prospective job seekers.

Full-time, part-time and casual roles will be available across a broad retail portfolio, including national fashion and lifestyle brands, through to local food and beverage vendors.

Among the participating retailers are H&M, JD Sports, Bonds, Pandora, Lorna Jane, Chemist Warehouse, Schnitz, Hoyts and Strike Bowling, who are among those looking for staff at the recruitment events.

The Jobs Fair will offer local candidates the opportunity to access in-person interviews, with applicants encouraged to register via the pre-booking system to guarantee their interview time slot. Walk-ins will be accepted at a number of the major centres, and access to virtual jobs boards is available for candidates unable to attend an interview physically.

Jobs Fair participants will also have access to a suite of virtual and on-site recruitment support services, and in some locations will have access to training workshops, and mentor sessions including résumé writing workshops, interview technique advice, job search services, and sessions on how to build their personal brand.

QIC general manager of shopping centre management, Stephen Dewaelesaid,“Two-thirds of retail businesses have experienced worsened labour shortages over the past three months, and with Black Friday and Christmas being one of the busiest times of year for our retail partners, this is a great opportunity for local job seekers to gain direct access to active employment opportunities.

“By hosting the Jobs Fairs across our extensive portfolio, we’re able to provide a local platform where job seekers can connect with prospective employers to not only fulfill the available roles but also contribute to the growth of employment within the communities in which we operate.”

QIC Jobs Fair commenced at Robina Town Centre, Castle Towers, Eastland, and Watergardens.  Participating centres include Grand Central, Westpoint, Pacific Epping, Hinkler Central, Forest Lake Shopping Centre, Woodgrove, Hyperdome, and Pacific Werribee from Tuesday, August 9, 2022.