It has been a long time since I did an entry. Part of the reason I have not written anything up is that we have been so busy helping people find jobs or linking them to educational opportunities. We have had great success this summer helping our participants find and obtain the employment they are looking for. Because of that success we have spaces available for people interested in finding work. We offer many different programs and we have a proven history of helping people find employment. Give us a call at the Prince Albert Community Service Centre, we have the time, energy and human resources to help you gain the employment you are looking for! Robert - Webmaster
With the announcement of phase three of re-open Saskatchewan, everyone is going to be making plans to re- start up their businesses. That means hiring staff.
Hotels will be looking for housekeepers, cleaners and restaurant staff. Stores will be looking for stockers, cashiers and cleaning staff. Restaurants will need dishwashers, servers and kitchen staff.
Construction companies will need laborers, parks will need staff, golf courses will need workers. It is going to get busy. But that means you need to get busy right now. You need to let those employers know you are looking for a job. So you need to get ready and apply, apply, apply!
Over the last two months your resume should be up to date and ready, your cover letters should be ready to be personalized to the job you are applying for and you should have your list of places to apply ready to go.
If you don't now is the time to contact one of the vocational Counselors at the Prince Albert Community Service Centre. We are ready to help you apply, apply, apply and get the job you are looking for now!.
Get started today
BARRIER AWARENESS DAY May 7th
Today some 4 million Canadians suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Canadians will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.
Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of us from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed.
Visible and invisible barriers are equally difficult to overcome. With advocacy, education, and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives.
On May 7th each year, we are charged with breaking down obstacles on Barrier Awareness Day. We are responsible for dissolving stigmas keeping people with disabilities from advancing in education. It’s an opportunity to tear down walls and build ramps that providing access. When we have misunderstandings, see the potential for the development of new technology to bridge the gap. Eliminate antiquated policies preventing those with disabilities from accessing their full potential. If there was ever a time to speak up about the questionable treatment of a human being, Barrier Awareness Day encourages us to do so now.
Thank you for your support in the past, for thinking about barriers today and acting on it again in the future. With your support there will be fewer barriers to overcome by next year.
Robert - Vocational Counselor
Today is Goal Setting Day!
My goal today is to get you to think about how to set a goal and how to reach it. Most people don't really set a goal, they just have an idea about what they should do. "I'm going to get a better job." is not a goal, it is just a statement. A real goal has some planning involved. " I'm going to make an appointment with a vocational counselor at the Prince Albert Community Service Centre to get the help I need to get a part time job that pays me $15.00 an hour by June 1st." There is a goal. It says what you want, what you are going to do, and when you are going to do it. That is a much better goal. Now with the help of the Vocational Counselor you can make a plan for what has to be done to obtain that job. Here is a tip, look at our website and we have a link to a free goal setting certificate class. It pays to set an goal, make a plan and reach the goal. It feels great when your plan comes together. Set a goal today!
Where do I look for a job while I'm at home?
With all of us being close to home right now you can still actively look for work. In some ways now you will have the time to do some in-depth searching.When you use the internet and search job sites like Sask jobs or any other site remember that they don't list all of the jobs. Look at five or six sites. Also look at business web sites. Some businesses only list jobs on their own site and don't list with other websites. How about Facebook or Kijiji, they list jobs too. But one of the best ways might be to call a friend or family member. That's very important today when you need to maintain social connection and social distancing. Call to say hello and ask if they know of any jobs. Right now some business may need help fast. Call, look, read and listen. If you want more ideas call us at the Prince Albert Community Service Centre. We can help you find that hidden job.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. This is an old saying but it is very true. We hear all of the time that an employer wants to be able to feel that a person will fit into their workplace and that a first impression matters. When you drop off a resume make sure you both and your clothes are clean. Something as small as dirty fingernails could turn an employer off. How you present yourself makes a huge difference. If you want some help in planning the perfect first impression call us at The Prince Albert Community Service Centre we can help you with make that first impression a winner!
Many businesses in the Prince Albert area hire extra staff for Spring and Summer. Anyone looking for a job should consider seasonal employment as a step towards full time work. When talking to some local employers they tell me that seasonal employment is often used to train new staff and see who would be a good fit for the future. What do they want?
1. Who comes in on time every day.
2. Who doesn't miss a shift.
3. Who can listen well and do what they are asked to do.
4. Who shows that they they can be a good fit in the business.
This is your chance to get a good start on a long term job. Look at places that are busy in Spring an Summer, tire shops, golf courses, parks, yard and garden businesses, green houses are just a few. For more ideas and help finding that job come to the Prince Albert Community Services Centre. We can help you! Robert Vocational Counselor.
I just had a look at the phone book for Prince Albert. It gave me an idea. As you know the phone book has a yellow pages directory that lists all of the businesses in Prince Albert. So did you know...
I posted this blog in September 2018. It is just as reliant now as it was then. Have a look over our past blog entries, You may find some advice or some ideas that could spark a big change in your job finding future.
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
Staff members at PACSC will be updating the blog regularly, watch for changes.