Today is Halloween. I was thinking about the change of seasons again and seasonal jobs. There is nothing spooky about looking for a seasonal job. One of our vocational counselors took a walk through the local mall and found out that almost every retail store was hiring seasonal employees starting right away. In fact she was even offered a couple of jobs on the spot. Employers often use seasonal employment as a testing ground for new full time employees. If you do well you could be the next full time hire. Think about businesses that are seasonal and contact them early.
Christmas is busy in retail stores
Winter is busy for garages and tires stores
Spring is busy for yard and garden stores
Summer is busy in parks and golf courses
Think ahead and get your applications out for spooktacular job opportunities. "Cowboy" Robert - Vocational Counselor
It's been a few weeks since I last posted to the blog. I haven't given up on the blog, I've just been working on other things to help people find work. This morning I was planning to do an update and I have to say it has been hard to get started. When you are away from something for awhile it is sometimes hard to get started again. It is like that when you are looking for work. Sometime a person will drop off five applications and sit and wait. They may wait and wait, then they will apply for two more jobs and sit and wait. But soon they may get discouraged and quit applying. It becomes easy to stop doing something when you haven't done it for awhile. The solution is make finding a job your job. Apply daily, drop off resumes, make some phone calls, don't sit and wait. Keep letting Prince Albert know you are looking for work. If you keep looking, you are going to find something. Robert Vocational Counselor
Without a doubt a Job Finding Club is the best way for any person to get the help they need to find employment. The aim of our Job Finding Club is to teach participants the best job finding techniques and to put them into practice. Each member of the group will build a high quality resume and know how to use cover letters to help find jobs by the end of the classes. Experience has shown participants who participate fully in the club will have a job by the end of the class. It's well worth the time. If you are looking for a job the Job Find Club is for you. Next Club starts October 15th, call us to register
(306)-953-4476 Robert - Vocational Counselor
It is now fall and time to think about the winter ahead and places to look for work. Take a moment and make a list. What businesses do extra work when it snows or if it is cold?
Here is the start of my list
1. Tire shops
2. Retail stores
3. Banquet facilities
I'm sure you can fill in five or ten more. Get a jump on the competition and contact some of these business now. Show them you are ready to work. You might be employed in the job of your choice earlier than you think. If you need some help looking for locations or getting your resume ready call us at the Community Service Centre we are ready to help you find the employment you are looking for. Robert - Vocational Counselor
I hear this every day. Someone tells me that they are looking for work. I always ask them what is their plan? Often the answer is, plan? What plan? Most people look for work by doing two things, looking a a favorite job site every couple of days or dropping off a resume at some business. Then sitting back and waiting for a call. Although this can work it is a poor strategy to finding a job. Remember that if you want a full time job, you have to look for a job full time. Here is a list of things you can do to help you find employment. How many of them have you tried?
1. Use the yellow pages of the phone book to make a list of all of the places you would like to work at. Often people forget that 70% of employers are small business and they are often forgotten as places that hire people.
2. Call five friends or family and ask them if their place of work is hiring. Or if they have a friend that know if someone is hiring. Use your friends and family to help you hunt for a job five people looking for a job for you is better than you just doing it by yourself.
3. Drop off 5 to 10 resumes a day at business in the community. The more you apply the more chance you have of getting a job. The key to dropping off a resume is making sure that you hand it to the manager or hiring person. It is like a free mini interview. If you can drop off a resume and ask they are hiring you will have a chance to show them your initiative and drive. Two positive traits.
4. Take time to write up good quality cover letters for your electronic applications. Your cover letter is like a good strong handshake. If you can't do it in person make sure your cover letter stands out.
5. Update your resume, is it correct? Does it reflect modern resumes? Are your references still good? Nothing looks worse that some hand written corrections on a typed resume. Take your time and do it right.
6. Get some help. Finding a job can take some extra help. Thats where we come in. The Community Service Centre is ready to help you market yourself to prospective employeers.
I am often asked, " Is the Job Finding Club something for me?" My answer comes in the form of a question. Do you want to find a job? If the answer is yes, then the Job Finding Club is for you. The success rate of the club is outstanding. About 70 percent of people who go all the way through the three week program find a job. That's a job with an investment of three weeks of your time. That's a very good return on your investment. If you are interested we will be holding several Job Finding Clubs over the next year contact us at Prince Albert Community Services and we can tell you all about the benefits of joining a club. Call us at 306-953-4460 for more information.- Robert Vocational Counselor
Some people want a part time job, or even two part time jobs because it fits their life choices the best. Some people want a full time job but will take a part time job to get a better chance at obtaining a full time job. Whatever your reasons, a part time job can be a great start to a new career.
Many employers want part time staff, especially if they are flexible with when they can work. Fall is often a good time to look for part time positions. With summer drawing to a close you will see retail businesses gearing up for back to school sales, Thanksgiving, Halloween, cold weather, and Christmas. That means a lot of work for stocking and unstocking merchandise and preparing for customer needs. Special events and holidays mean more family and staff socials and parties so restaurant and caterers are often looking for extra serving staff. Think about special events in the city too. If there are special tournaments and events hotels might be looking for part time staff to fill their gaps. Remember, as we get closer to winter every tire vendor will be looking for help changing tires over to winter tires. All of these places will be looking for staff.
Often businesses use their part time staff as a training or even as a test for full time staff. If you get a part time job and never miss a shift, you might be the next full time hire. Think about it and get your resume and cover letters ready to drop off at retail, restaurants, hotels, tire vendors or other places that offer part time employment. If you need help give us a call at the Prince Albert Community Service Centre. We can help get you ready to find the employment you want. Robert - Vocational Counsellor.
Some of the best sources of information about the hidden job market are your friends and family. Ask them if they have heard about anybody who might be hiring staff. If they don't know of any, suggest that they ask their friends and family for leads. Just think if you have five friends and each of them have five friends you have twenty five people looking for job leads for you. Another good job finding practice is to make asking about job openings part of your conversation with everyone. When you go to the store ask the cashier if they know of any openings. Remember they might talk to hundreds of people each day they could have heard of something too.
There is a secret formula to asking for job information and it is all based on the belief that everyone wants to be helpful. Here is a sample conversation:
You - " Hey, do you know of any job openings where you work or that you have heard of around the city?"
Them - " No not right now"
You - " Do you know anybody else who might know? Could you ask around for me?"
Them - " I might know some people I'll ask them and get back to you."
You - " Thanks I'll call you in a couple days to see if you have found anything"
This is a sample conversation where you can get some friends and family helping you. If you ask five people who ask five people who ask five people you have 125 people looking for you. Chances are they will find you some good quality leads.
Robert - Vocational Counsellor
On Tuesday June 26th at our annual general meeting two special employers were recognized for their contribution in helping community members reach employment. Both PBCN Petro Canada and Boston Pizza have gone above and beyond to offer employment opportunities to our participants. The management and staff of both locations have gone out of their way to train and mentor prospective employees no mater of their ability or disability. Their efforts have made a difference in the lives of their employees and in the future of our community.
Both Boston Pizza and PBCN Petro Canada have proven that by helping their staff they have helped their community and have helped their own businesses. Thank you very much for your support now and in the future. Robert - Vocational Counselor.
The old saying, you only get one chance to make a first impression, is something to remember when you are looking for employment. Your potential employer will get that first impression when you walk in to drop off your resume. That first impression of you can lead to an interview and a job, or it could lead to the employer discarding your resume. Here are four personal hygiene issues to take care of that will give you an advantage to getting that job you want.
1. Wash: This sounds like common sense, but you would be surprised how people can miss things. Make sure you wash your hands, have clean finger nails, wash your hair and make sure you are well groomed. Combed hair looks like you care about your self and gives employers the feeling you might care about your job.
2. Clean clothes: Wear clean clothes. If you, or people in your home smoke, maybe keep a set of interview cloths in a sealed bag (like a garbage bag) to keep the smell of stale smoke off your clothing. Avoid things like slogans on your tee shirts or clothes that are too revealing. Try to look like you are ready to go to work right now if you were asked.
3. Scents: Its okay to wear some scented products, but not to much. Most people like a little perfume but a huge over spray can be offensive. Look for signs that say the business is a scent free location. If it is and you are wearing some body spray, maybe come back next day with no spray.
4. Brush your teeth: Bad breath and stuff on your teeth makes people thing you don't care about yourself, co-workers and most importantly customers. Brush your teeth before you go out and have some gum or mints ready. Sometimes you will get a dry mouth when you are dropping off resumes because you are a little nervous. Drink water to keep yourself hydrated and your breath fresh, avoid sugar drinks or coffee as they can mess up your breath before you meet someone.
Keep these in mind and make sure your first impression is something that will lead to an interview and the job of your choice.
Robert, Vocational Counsellor