The SET hiring fair on Tuesday March 8, 2011 provided an opportunity to speak with a variety of employers. Following is information gathered from some the employers in attendance:
To apply for employment at the City of Nanaimo refer to their website www.nanaimo.ca. Click on “Residents” then “City Employment” where you will find information on their hiring policy, job postings, casual/temporary employment positions and summer jobs with the Parks department. On your resume and cover letter, be sure to use the wording on the posting because some training programs go by different titles. Example: Building Service Worker Program, instead of Building Maintenance Worker Program.
Origin at Longwood, a “high end” retirement facility, is looking for staff in housekeeping and dining room/kitchen. They are not taking applications for nurses, care aides, or administrative support at this time. They look for people who are passionate about working with seniors. They also have an on-site spa. More details are on their website.
Nordia Call Centre is hiring for both Customer Service and Telesales roles. The Customer Service jobs do not involve selling. They offer paid training, bonuses, and benefits. Resumes are accepted both by email or in person.
Boston Pizza (Longwood Station) is hiring full and part time staff for all positions. A bubbly personality and positive enthusiasm are the key attributes they look for in candidates. Their website has information on the positions they hire for under the tab “Work at BP.” Apply online or in person with a resume. Pick up an application form from any Boston Pizza location.
Home Depot is hiring in various departments. Strong customer service skills are essential and a background in home improvements is an asset. Details under “careers” on their website.
BC Assessment is currently hiring up to 5 Property Information Collectors for the Nanaimo office. That role is often a stepping stone to a career in the industry. Various career opportunities including positions in appraisal work, IT, finance, human resources, and legal exist for the Assessment Authority, however the majority of those are in larger cities such as Victoria and Surrey. Refer to website: www.bcassessment.ca/careers for more information.
Paladin Security in Nanaimo is hiring for part time and casual roles, but casual work can be up to 40 hours a week. Staff work as loss prevention officers and on mobile units as well as security guards.
The janitorial firm, Marquise Facilities Group is looking for casual relief staff only to cover vacation relief. This work will be available from April through August.
Four financial planning companies were in attendance: Investors Group, Freedom 55, Canada Financial, and Sun Life Financial. Paid training and support is available through most of them, but there are some differences among them. Find more details on each company’s website.
Express Employment Professionals is a staffing company located at 2025 Bowen Road, Nanaimo (Phone: 250) 751-2734) They assist job seekers with temporary or long term employment.
Nine to Five Temporary Office Assistance provides that service to businesses. Located at 70 Prideaux, Nanaimo, their phone number is (250) 754-4078. They also have offices in Courtenay and Duncan.
Labour Unlimited has 10 locations in BC, two of which are on Central Vancouver Island – Nanaimo (250) 716-1760 and Courtenay (250) 897-1073. They provide temporary labour.
Nanaimo Association for Community Living hires people with backgrounds in the social services to work in a variety of roles helping persons with developmental disabilities. In addition, Community Living BC can provide lists of group homes. Phone (250) 729-2500.
The Beach Club is hiring for various positions, both seasonal and year round. Apply in person with resume at the front desk.