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
The following are four great tips for improving your resume.
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 September 5th, call us to register
(306)-953-4460 Robert - Vocational Counselor
What do you say when you are asked....
"What is your biggest strength?"
People often find this question hard to answer because it feels a bit like bragging, but remember you have strengths. Be ready to tell your employer about them.
Why do employers ask you this question?
In an interview for a delivery position you might say…
“ My strength is that I am 100% reliable. When I am supposed to be someplace, I am there. Because of that I get along well with my co-workers. They know they can count on me to get my part of the job done. You can expect my deliveries to be on time if I get this job.”
Robert, Vocational Counsellor
If you want more help getting ready for an interview call us at Prince Albert Community Services, (306)953-4460.
If these haven't worked for you, maybe you could give us a call at Prince Albert Community Services and we can be of help. Robert - Vocational Counsellor
Everybody seems to describe what the word “community” means, in different ways. One definition of community is;” a feeling of fellowship with another as a result of sharing a common attitude of interest and goals”. If you were to define the workers here at the Community Service Centre you would find that we all embrace that word Community. We all strive to assist people with multiple barriers to find the full potential they all have inside.
Community should be about encouraging people to take ownership of their lives and their environment. The power to change a community comes from within the community. When a group of people that share common interests and goals decide that enough is enough change will happen. The art of being a community has been lost to some degree and people are not as considerate of each other as we once were. In this digital age we have forgotten how to interact with each other.
We cannot forget that social interaction is important for change. You cannot take you cell phone into a job interview. It is ok to talk to people without the use of social media. It is ok to know who your neighbor is. One step to change is recognizing where you can step in and help.
I would encourage everyone to evaluate what community means, and find a way to be involved and make a positive step forward in changing our community.
“Ruth – Resource Coach and Change Champion”
Tell me a little about yourself.
The "tell me about yourself" question is almost always the first question at an interview. If you are ready for it, you can make a great first impression.
All you really have to do is tell them about yourself, and link it to the job you want.
“ I’m from Prince Albert. I earned my grade 12 here and had several part time jobs working in retail sales. I like people a lot, that’s why I volunteer at the hospital. With volunteering and six years of sales experience I know many people in Prince Albert who trust me as a sales person. I’m sure I could help your business sell to new customers”
If you want more information on how to make sure your interview be the very best it can be call us at the Community Service Centre. (306)-953-4460