A new BladeRunners Grounds Maintenance Labourer Program is scheduled for April 1 to 25, 2019, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm here at the Career Centre! This youth program for those aged 16 – 30 is designed to give youth the skills and certificates they need to obtain work in a Grounds Maintenance/Labourer position. The program includes theory in the classroom, onsite experience, life skills training, job search assistance and related certificates. Call us for more information or to register to attend an information session on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:00 am or Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 pm. For more information on upcoming programs see this week’s hot sheet.
Black Press is hosting an Extreme Education & Career Fair Thursday, February 7, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Comox, BC and over 40 organizations are registered to attend. For more information see this week’s hot sheet.
No one is responding
to my applications – what should I do?”
We hear again and again from job seekers how frustrating it can be to get no response after applying to various positions. The best advice we can suggest is to not take this personally. The typical procedure for organizations now is to only get in touch with applicants shortlisted for an interview.
When employers receive 100, 200 or even 300 resumes for an advertised position, they do not have time to connect with candidates they are not planning to interview. According to the website Glassdoor, only 2% of applicants will get a call for an interview.
So what should you do?
Revise your resume for each job you are applying to. You do not need to do a completely different resume for every job, but rather just revise it. Make sure you are highlighting your skills and abilities and truthfully documenting how you will meet their needs based on the job advertisement.
Network, network, network! Companies want to hire someone they know or someone who has been a referral from someone they trust. The larger your network, the more people you have who could vouch for you in an employment situation. Make sure your contacts know you are looking for employment and what it is you are willing to do for work.
Don’t get discouraged, continue to apply,
continue to follow up, and build your network.
Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?
The Career Centre is a project of the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society (CVIJOBS), a non-profit Society that provides work and career related services to residents of the Parksville/Qualicum area. We have been in the community since 1976 and offer a desirable working environment in a warm, friendly, modern work place with excellent remuneration and benefits. You will have the opportunity to work with other fabulous team members who appreciate an environment that collaborates, creates positive experiences and encourages clients and colleagues to learn, grow and succeed!
How many employees do you have?
We have 18 (full time and part time) employees.
What do you look for in a new employee?
We look for a positive, motivated individual with a passion for supporting job seekers reach their employment goals. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team and have the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Computer skills are required in all our roles. Depending on the position, we also require a candidate with a background and education in social services.
What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?
Check out our website, come into the Career Centre Resource Room and get to know our services and culture. Research the education and credentials required to enter the field of career development.
Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?
Yes! We currently have postings for a Client Services Assistant and a temporary Youth Employment Specialist.
What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?