This is a common phrase I hear as a reason to not find employment. I am a Mom of six kids. I know the struggle; the struggle is real! I faithfully get up every day make my coffee plan my supper. Did I mention this all happens @ 5:30 am? Moms that work all over know the pain of finding a balance. Parenting and working is a fine line of struggle.
Children watch everything we do. I always state the phrase “monkey see monkey do. I wanna be a monkey too”. My children watched me work and sacrifice and sometime they were mad because I could not always be there. However, I taught them something. I taught them a work ethic! My kids today are hardworking young men who strive to do better and be better. My boys have since told me they are grateful I sacrificed to help get them to where they are today. I always told them there is honor in work not matter what it is.
I still have two at home and remember that eyes are still watching my every move. This is what keeps me motivated to do what I do every day because I want my daughters to know that you can have both family and a career.
Little eyes are watching and if you want to break a cycle you need to be willing to be the person that set themselves apart and make the difference. What are you showing your kids right now? What do you want them to grow up to be? Things to ponder and evaluate.
Ruth, Vocational Counselor
Let's consider the following. If you looking for a full time job, how much time do you spend looking for work? If you have a full time job about one third of your day is taken up working. If you are looking for a job you should be spending about the same amount of time job hunting. Studies say that a "no quit" attitude is needed for a job search. In other words it is not enough to apply for one job and sit back and wait for a week for them to contact you. You have wasted a week. For example if you wanted a job in food prep here might be a plan:
1. Get your resume ready outlining your restaurant or food skills, maybe with some food related references.
2. Make a list of all of the restaurants, caterers and food service outlets in the city
3. Break the list down to ten locations a day.
4. Make a specific cover letter for each restaurant
5. Get cleaned up and dressed for an interview and start dropping off resumes with managers. If the manager is not there do not drop off the resume, come back when the manger is there.
6. Keep going until you are done.
7. Make a list of what the reaction was to your visit and feel free to call and ask if the manager needs more information.
8. If the manager was receptive and you had a good feeling dropping off the resume why not drop off a thank you note a few days later thanking them for their time.
Sounds like work right, well it would still be less than 8 hours a day that you could be working at your new job. Be wise and use your time well. If you want more information or more ideas call us.
Robert - Vocational Counselor.
In Canada, at any given time there are huge numbers of people looking for work or a change in their work. In Prince Albert it is no different. Businesses can get hundreds of applications for positions. What can you do to stand out from the crowd to get noticed? I have to say there are many things you can do to get noticed. They differ based on your skill set, strengths and background. That is where our Job Finding Club leads the pack on being able to help you get noticed and find the employment you are looking for. Check out our page or call us at Prince Albert Community Services for more information. About 70% of our participants find a job within a month of taking the classes. That's a good start to find a good job. Robert - Vocational Counselor
As the long cold winter slowly fades away and Spring comes upon us new job opportunities will also start to pop up. You can get a head start on job opportunities by getting your resume and cover letters ready and start dropping them off at business that hire in the spring and summer. If you make contact now they may not have to advertise for employees, they might just hire you. Here is a list of some good places to apply:
Lawn and garden maintenance companies
If you want help getting your resume ready, or for more ideas for summer jobs, contact us at The Prince Albert Community Service Centre, We can put some spring into your seasonal job search!
Robert - Vocational Counselor
Here at the Community Service Centre we must hear that phrase every day. "I want to work!" People tell me that they want to work for many different reasons. I think the most common would be to earn a good wage. I think we all understand that reason, but there are many more reasons people want to work here are a list of the reasons I hear the most often:
"I want to be an example for my children"
"I want to have better life for my children"
"I often make friends at work"
"I feel good about myself when I am working"
" I get a great feeling of accomplishment when I have a job"
" I like organizing things, at work I get a chance to organize and see that organization"
These are just a few of the reasons but there are many more. Everyone has there own reason and they are all good ones,
Often it is hard to get started looking for work. If you want to work give us a call at the Prince Albert Community Service Centre and we can help you get ready to find the job you are looking for.
Robert - Vocational Counselor (PASE)
I hear this regularly, "there are no jobs!" I have to say its just not true. There are always jobs available, but sometimes there might not be the job that would be your first choice. I like to have people think outside the box and expand on the kind of jobs they are looking for. I was talking to someone some time ago who wanted a job in car mechanics. But they could not find anything. We brainstormed out locations they could apply and they found a job assembly bikes. It was mechanical just not with cars. Sometimes we can get very focused on one thing and forget that there are other jobs that are very similar. Lets say a person wants to work in cleaning. They could look for the following jobs: caretaker, janitor, hotel house keeping, motel house keeping, house cleaning, car detailing, mall and store cleaning, office cleaners, and fire and flood clean up. I could go on. Places to look for cleaning jobs would include, schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, offices, house, camp cleaning, and more. I suggest that you make a list of possible jobs and locations, you can use the yellow pages or a Google search to get ideas, then start calling and applying. If you need help, you can contact us at the Community Service Centre and we would be happy to help you expand your search. Robert - Vocational Counsellor.
Prince Albert Supported Employment is a part of the Community Service Centre and our focus is to help people with a disability to find work here in Prince Albert. Here are five reasons to hire someone with a disability.
1. A very Dependable workforce - Statistics show that employees with a disability are at work more and take less time off than the average.
2. Reduce hiring and training costs - Because Persons with disabilities tend to be on the job longer than average your training costs drop.
3. Improved public perception - A study done by the University of Massachusetts says that 92% of people look more favourably on business that hire people with disabilities. 87% of people said they have changed their shopping to support those same business.
4. Boost Morale of your workplace - An Australian study showed that staff members at business that hire disabled people have a higher staff moral for everyone who works at your business.
5. Join the crowd - People with disabilities are making up a greater section of the work force and a greater part of the customer base of many business.
A person with a disability may be the best choice for your new hire. If you want more information contact Prince Albert Supported Employment at (306) 953-4486 for more information.
Robert - Vocational Counsellor
I was talking to one of our participants this morning and they said it was too cold to look for work. I agree that it is very cold, but this could be the best time to do some of the little things that can make a difference to finding a job. Here are a few things you can do on a cold day to look for work:
1. Review your resume and make any changes you need to make.
2. Review your cover letters and make sure they are a firm digital handshake.
3. Make some calls to friends and family, maybe they know of openings at their place of work.
4. Make some calls to local business to see if they are hiring or if they plan to hire in the future.
5. Look over your favourite job sites for jobs. Here is a hint, sometimes you will see a job for a manger at a place you want to work. Maybe someone inside the business will get that job and open up an entry level position. They would be good people to call, maybe email them your resume and cover letter.
Remember you can do all of these things and you may not have to leave your couch to do it. It may be cold out, but its never too cold to find the job you are looking for. If you want some more ideas call us at the Community Service Centre we may have a few more ideas for cold day job finding.
Robert - Vocational Counsellor
Sometimes we make a mistake and all is forgiven, sometimes we make a mistake and there is a nasty consequence. Why does it differ? It might be because of the emotional bank account. We have an emotional bank account with everyone we deal with. Every time you do something nice its like making a deposit. If you make a mistake you make a withdrawal. If you have way more deposits than withdrawals its easy for the other person to forgive you. But, if mistakes happen time and time again, you will have a consequence. Its like that with any job. If you show up for work, are there on time, treat people with respect, go the extra mile, work well with others, and be seen as a good employee you are making deposits. If you end up making a mistake it will be treated far better than if you are the person who is late all of the time. So it just makes sense to be the best employee you can be. Make as many deposits as you can, just in case you are late one day, you won't be looking for a new job.
Robert - Vocational Counsellor
Every year we start talking about Spring cleaning around our homes. Time to polish up a few things, Maybe even time to toss a few things away. Spring is a great time to dust off your resume and get it ready for your spring and summer job hunt. A few years ago resumes used to be large and list everything you ever did in your life. Today resumes are streamlined and should be adapted to the kind of job you are applying for. The business you are applying with wants to know if you can do the job you are applying for. You may even create more than one resume if you are applying for two kinds of work. Spring is also a good time to check your references and see if their contact information is still correct. There are many things you can do to clean up your resume. If you want some help give us a call at Prince Albert Community Services, we have been helping people clean up their resumes for over 50 years. Maybe we can help you get the job you have always wanted.
Call for an appointment 306-953-4460
Robert, Vocational Counsellor