"There are no Jobs" - Not true!
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
It's too cold!
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
The Emotional Bank Account
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
Spring cleaning your Resume
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
Are you an Older Worker?
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.
12 Days of Christmas CSC Style
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.
The Power of Volunteering
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
Did you know...
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...
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