There is a new trend in employment in Canada. People who are older are entering or re-entering the work force. They bring with them some skills and experience that employers want. Experienced workers are, loyal, attend work on time, have a commitment to doing a job right, are great team workers and have a large network of friends and connections in the community. An experienced worker can make a business shine! But for many of us who are over 55 we have our own set of barriers. Some of us haven't made a resume in years. We haven't done an interview and we have never applied for a job on line. Recently the Community Service Centre has started a new program called TIOW or The Transition Initiative for Older Workers. The purpose of this program is to give people aged 55 to 64 the skills they need to obtain work in today's job market. We have a plan and you are part of it. If you are interested in getting more information see our Transition Initiative page or contact Gladys at (306)-953-4464 for more information.
Surveys have shown that most people make a New Years resolution, but the same surveys show that most people don't carry through with their plan. The most common resolution seems to be getting in shape. That can be hard to do. You have to do a whole list of things by yourself. Sometimes it's hard work and sometimes it's not fun. It can become easy to give up. Some people hire a personal trainer to help them focus on getting fit. Having a personal trainer increases your chance of success by over 80%. What if you are looking for a job? Here at the Community Service Centre we have Vocational Counselors who are like your own personal job finding trainer. Their goal is to help you find that job you are looking for. Our counselors can work with you one on one, or maybe in a Job Finding Club setting. If you have a resolution to find employment call us and one of our Counselors will give you the help you need make 2019 a very happy New Year! Robert - Vocational Counselor.
I had a little fun and wrote a special job finding Christmas carol, Now I'm not going to sing it, I'll give you the words. Its sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas
On the first Day of Christmas my Counselor gave to me
1. Eye catching resume
3. Good suggestions
4. Helpful referrals
5. Interview questions
6. Online Apps
7. Helpful feedbacks
8. Employment ideas
9. Employment contacts
10. Job finding lessons
11. Application ideas
12. Great job leads
Merry Christmas to everyone and if you are looking for help finding employment in the new year give us a call at the Community Service Centre, Maybe there is a new job that will put the Happy in Happy New Year!
Robert - Vocational Counselor.
Volunteering is a good strategy to help with finding a new job. When you volunteer you get a few big advantages!
1. You make contacts in the community that can lead to great job leads.
2. You may find that the organization you volunteer for may be seeking employees in the future and if they have seen you work, you have a big head start of getting one of those jobs.
3. You get to add some great references for your resume.
4. You get some super work experience that looks very good on a resume.
5. You can find out if the field of work where you are volunteering is a place of interest for you.
6. You can work in a low stress environment where everyone is happy you are there.
7. You are helping others and the community as a whole and that's just a nice feeling.
If you want to talk more about the power of volunteering as a job search strategy give us a call and we can help you help yourself and the community at the same time. Robert -Vocational Counselor
I just had a look at the new 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 have said this before, but it is worth saying again. The best time to go out and look for a job was last year, the next best time is today! One of the first and best steps to finding a job is to get out and apply. Here are some simple steps that will lead you in the right direction.
1. Get dressed up like you are going for an interview.
2. Make sure you have plenty of updated resumes.
3. Make a list of ten places you want to drop off resumes at.
4. Go and drop them off before noon, or after 1 pm.
Right now retail locations are looking for help and you could even find a job today. But you have to get up get ready and go. ( for guaranteed success - repeat day after day)
If you could use some help with these steps or other plans to find employment give us a call at Work Preparation, we can help. Robert - Vocational Counsellor.
The old saying goes, " You only get one chance to make a first impression." I have to say its true. One of the best job seeking techniques can be going out and hand delivering resumes to prospective employers. This is a great tactic to find work if you make sure you are memorable to the employer, for all the right reasons. Here are a few ideas to give you an advantage in the future:
1. Always ask to see the manger to drop off your resume. If you want to take it up a step find out the manager's name before you go. Everyone likes to be called by their name and that is something that will help that manger remember you.
2. Dress up when you go to drop off a resume. Managers like to see that someone has taken the extra step to look nice. That is something they will remember about you.
3. Make sure you are all clean and tidy. People tend to remember smells very well and if you are clean and smelling of soap, it will trigger a memory with the manager.
Why is it important to be remembered? If there are twenty applications for a job, you want the manager to remember to call you for an interview. They will remember the person who knew their name and came dressed and clean, ready for work. That's a big advantage. Robert - Vocational Counsellor.
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