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Employer of the month

Harris Parksville – April 2017

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

The Harris auto group has been in business for over 5o years. This means you are working for a company that has staying power. We have achieved this by putting customers first. We have a low rate of turnover at Harris Oceanside GM. Employees like working here and we like taking care of them. It’s that simple.

How many employees do you have? 45

What do you look for in a new employee?

Someone who cares deeply about serving customers, comes to work with a positive attitude and knows if they work hard, the fruits of their labour will pay off.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Come down and talk to us! We are always looking for good people.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

We are currently looking for an automotive detailer and a part time lot attendant.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Please call to make an appointment with the manager of the department you would like to pursue a career in.

RLC Park Services – March 2017

RLC Park Services operates many of the Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island as well as Horne Lake Regional Park. RLC Park Park Services will be attending the April 12th Hiring Fair and have provided us with the following interview.

 
Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?
RLC Park Services is contracted by the Provincial and local Municipal Governments to operate many of the parks on Vancouver Island. As a team, our goal is to deliver the most innovative, exciting, and efficiently run park systems not only in British Columbia but in all of Canada. There are many aspects needed in running a park including maintenance, fee collection, patrol, and nature interpretation. This means that working for RLC you could find yourself on a stage with a live owl, fixing a fence on an ocean side trail, or chatting with someone from half way across the world. RLC’s employees have the opportunity to do the job that they love in some of the most beautiful settings on Vancouver Island!

How many employees do you have?
The number of employees at RLC varies greatly depending on the season. Year round, there are about 35 staff but this number grows to over 75 in the peak summer season. This means that every year there are great opportunities to join our team.

 
What do you look for in a new employee?
What we look for in an employee is really dependent on the park and the role that they are hired for. Some of our employees spend their days teaching kids about the natural world, where others work late into the night ensuring that the park visitors have a safe and fun environment to enjoy. No matter what role you apply for, what we look for in all of our employees is the love of BC Parks and a passion to provide visitors with the best experience possible.

 
What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?
Although our staff have a lot of fun, working for RLC is not always a walk in the park. But, if you are prepared to work hard, willing to learn, and not afraid to get a little dirty, there is no question that you will have a lot of fun spending a season working in one of Vancouver Island’s parks.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?
Yes, we are just starting to ramp up for the upcoming summer. In the mid island we will be looking for staff to fill positions at Rathtrevor, Horne Lake, Little Qualicum Falls, Englishman River Falls, and Sproat Lake. This season, we are looking for Park Maintenance, Gatehouse and Fee Collectors, Park Patrol, and Park Naturalists!

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?
The easiest way to apply for a job at any of the parks operated by RLC Park Services is to visit our website www.rlcparks.ca/join-our-team. Here, you will find out more about our company, full job descriptions, and an application form.

Old Country Market – February 2017

Old Country Market will be hosting a hiring fair on February 18th from 10am to 4pm, in the front room of Cuckoo Trattoria.

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

We are a locally grown family run business with many varieties of diversity. We are a progressive business with a flair for unique products and merchandising styles. We have become a well-known tourist destination as well as point of interest for our local community too!

How many employees do you have?

Our number of employees can fluctuate from 75 to 250 as our busy season demands more employees.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We look for employees that are eager to learn, enthusiastic, want to grow with the business, are not afraid of hard work, able to excel in a high volume fast paced environment and have a strong desire to be successful at and away from the workplace.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization

Listen to instruction, be attentive to detail, be committed to the job, be punctual, and be able to follow direction and remember that this is a job that could potentially lead to a career.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

As an ever growing business we are definitely looking to hire more employees. We have a very diverse business so we are looking for many positions: cooks, clerks, servers, cashiers, bakers, dishwashers, or even goat whisperers.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

In person with a resume including references.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre – January 2017

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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre, located in beautiful Parksville, British Columbia, is an all-season destination resort offering accommodations, award winning dining, a full service spa and the largest resort conference and meeting facilities north of Victoria.

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre has been around over 60 years and continues to grow and change. As an employer we have a huge range of positions and roles available (over 70 different jobs). The biggest factor that makes us stand out is our amazing team… There is a culture of caring and support and most team members feel as though Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre is like a family.

How many employees do you have?

We have 290 Team members.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Smiles, positive ATTITUDE! Job skills for specific roles, reliability, flexibility, passion, good grooming, a willingness to assist others.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

To watch for job openings on our website and The Career Centre and apply for roles that match your lifestyle. Remember we work weekends, holidays and evenings. Research our requirements before applying and come prepared to an interview.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Yes! Cooks, Room Attendants, Estheticians, Front Desk Agents, Spa Co-ordinators, Restaurant & Banquet Servers.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Respond by e-mail, with cover letter and resume AND to clearly indicate which job(s) they are interested in at human.resources@tigh-na-mara.com

Arrowsmith Lodge & Cokely Manor – December 2016

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Who we are

Arrowsmith Health Care Society is a not-for-profit organization that offers complex care services, assisted living suites, day programming for adults in the community, and respite services for those who live at home.  The original Arrowsmith Lodge was inspired by the community in 1968 when the need was present for a ‘personal care unit’ for seniors in the Parksville area.  Over the years we have assisted hundreds, if not thousands, of Oceanside residents with their care needs and have been fortunate enough to get to know some amazing people along the way.

Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor are operated by the community, for the community.  We reach out to other like-minded organizations in an effort to provide the best services to our elders in Oceanside.  Our mission is “To provide optimum quality care in a home-like setting while fostering links in the community”.  Our values include: putting people first, empowering others, balancing living with safety, innovation, and mutual support.

All of our rooms at Arrowsmith Lodge are subsidized by Island Health and our suites at Cokely Manor are subsidized by both Island Health and BC Housing.

How many employees do we have?

We employ approximately 180 people.  That includes full-time, part-time and casual on call.

What do we look for in a new employee?

We look for people who are good critical thinkers, able to adapt to an ever-changing environment, and have a passion for helping others.  Every person is equally important here, every department has to work with each other as a team in order to make everything run smoothly.

What advice would we give someone who wants to work for our organization?

Be organized.  Bring a cover letter, resume, pertinent documents/certificates and personally drop them off to the appropriate manager at the Lodge.  Be professional in your appearance and presentation.

Do we anticipate hiring in the next 6 months?  If so for what types of positions?

Yes, we hire throughout the year.  All new employees tend to start as a casual employee.  There are numerous positions: housekeeping, laundry, dietary aide, cooks, care aides, registered nurses, licenced practical nurses, and activity aides.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for our organization?

Drop off a resume and cover letter at 266B Moilliet Street.  It is always best if you can deliver it to the proper Manager, if they are available.  Tom Patterson – care and nursing.  Stewart McTavish – Housekeeping and Dietary.  Karen Fredlund – Activities.

Catalyst Paper – November 2016

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Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

At Catalyst Paper, we manufacture diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint and pulp for retailers, publishers and commercial printers. Our operating philosophy is all about personal accountability – each of us being fully accountable for our own behaviours, actions and holding ourselves to a higher standard in both what we do and how we do it. Our operating philosophy stands firm on five key components: safety and environmental stewardship, financial performance, leadership, operational excellence, sales and customer service.

How many employees do you have?

Catalyst employs 2574 employees in Canada and the US, and we are growing!

What do you look for in a new employee?

We prefer to employ members of the local communities in which we operate. The paper industry is challenging, demanding, competitive and rewarding. If you thrive on solving technical challenges, value growth and opportunity, and appreciate living in some of North America’s most spectacular places, Catalyst may be the place for you.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience to offer, there’s opportunity at Catalyst for innovative thinkers and seasoned experts. If you thrive on solving complex problems and/or have exemplary accomplishments in your field, let us know about it in a cover letter to set yourself apart from other candidates.

We encourage you to visit our Career Centre regularly for new opportunities and to keep your resume as well as contact information up to date. We look forward to working with you to match your talents with a great opportunity.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Yes, we anticipate opportunities for entry level labourers, Millwrights and Electricians.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Applicants must apply online by visiting our careers page http://www.catalystpaper.com/careers. Here you will find current job postings for our Canadian and US operations located in Richmond, Crofton, Port Alberni, Powell River, Surrey, Biron, Rumford and Dayton. We are also great advocates of LinkedIn, so candidates can access our current openings through our LinkedIn Careers webpage.

JSK Traffic Control Services – October 2016

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About us

JSK Traffic Control Services is a traffic management company located on Vancouver Island.

Since 2000, JSK Traffic Control Services has offered quality traffic management services to customers in the Mid Vancouver Island region. JSK provides safe work zones for clients to operate in the public right of way, while giving equal consideration to the public.

All JSK employees are fully trained and qualified by The BCCSA and have experience in different types of work zones. At JSK we are committed to offering an improved level of quality within our industry, marked by consistent and efficient services. Throughout the existence of JSK Traffic Control Services, we have successfully satisfied the most demanding contractor requirements. We aim to provide accurate traffic plans, up to date equipment, signage and experienced, co-operative traffic control personnel. JSK Traffic Control Services will assist in planning and documentation of any temporary traffic diversion for work zones or events.

At JSK Traffic Control Services we believe that TCP training is one of the keys to our ongoing success. We provide on-site training for our employees when they begin their employment with us and we continue to educate our employees as they become more experienced in the industry. We provide private and public training classes, and BCCSA 2-day Program.

As the first step in becoming a TCP in the province of British Columbia, all applicants must complete the BCCSA 2 Day Traffic Control Training Program.

JSK employs more than 60 employees across mid-island.

 

What do we look for in a new employee?

Self-motivated, safety conscious individuals who can work independently and are serious about safety. Traffic control requires our employees to follow guidelines and regulations.  Employees willing to learn and become a professional, Traffic Control Person (TCP) with availability and flexibility to work on call, as and when needed.

Positive, courteous attitudes – as a TCP you are at the frontline of all construction sites, events and accidents. The ability to remain positive in various circumstances and the ability to avoid altercations with the public is an asset. Mutual respect at work toward co-workers is also a requirement to work with our team.

 

“New” Traffic Control Person Advice:

Regardless of where you attend your two-day traffic control course or who your instructor is; please hold your personal safety in high regard. Traffic Control is more than catching a few rays of sunshine and flipping a paddle from STOP to SLOW.  Many TCPs have been killed in BC and it is important that everyone knows how to keep themselves safe in this high risk job.

Make sure that your employer trains you to be safe on the roadway, that you have a traffic plan and have completed a complete risk assessment of your site. Always make sure to follow all the steps as shortcuts cost lives.

 

Hiring Status:

JSK is always hiring, we are currently seeking 10 new employees to train as traffic control personnel and join our team. We have full-time and part-time scheduling between Qualicum and Duncan.  We do train each new employee we hire in a “hands on” environment with the tools necessary to succeed.

All employees must hold a valid BCCSA ticket. Participants can attend a 2 day course to obtain their ticket.  The TCP ticket is valid for 3 years, across the province of BC.

 

Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to generalresumes@shaw.ca

You may also apply online on our website at: www.jsktraffic.com

 

SD69 Qualicum

School District 69 – September 2016

School District No. 69 Qualicum administrative office is Located in Parksville at 100 East Jensen Avenue, PO Box 430.

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

School District 69 has developed a Strategic Plan that supports the desire to build a work environment in which employees are actively engaged and work together as a team building student success.  The employer cares deeply about the results of their work as they seek to access and use credible information to develop plans, measure progress and make informed decisions.  They work to create new learning environments that will feed their students’ curiosity, engage their interest, and prepare them for success as adults.

As people are the most valuable asset in the organization, the employer plays an active role in cultivating employee engagement, thereby attracting and retaining talented staff.  The District recognizes the importance of learning development events and opportunities as a focus for all levels of staff and has helped to provide a number of in-district professional learning opportunities.

The District believes the role parents and the broader community play in their students’ educational experience is foundational to the work of best meeting the needs of their learners.  The District is committed to fostering open and honest communication that helps to create strong partnerships between home, school and the broader community.

How many employees do you have?

School District 69 currently employees 612 people.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Ambitious – willing to go the extra mile to achieve goals
Cultural fit – eg:  employee that welcomes feedback is efficient as a team player and will work well in a workplace with team culture
Reliable – takes responsibilities seriously
Detail oriented – takes pride in their work
Autonomous – manages time and executes tasks quickly and productively
Committed/Passionate – enjoying the journey while pursuing the end-goal.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Find out what the required abilities and qualifications are for the position that you are interested in and make sure that you meet all the requirements.  Regularly check the sites where our external positions are posted. When submitting an application make sure you clearly state how you meet the requirements and provide the necessary documentation to back this up.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Yes, we will be looking to hire Teachers Teaching-On-Call as well as Spare Educational Assistants.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Applications from qualified individuals for current vacant positions within School District 69 may be mailed, faxed, emailed or hand delivered. Links for application forms may be found on our Website under the Employment section.  All information requested on the application form must be completed, and submitted with a covering letter and proof of all qualifications.

How do I hear about career opportunities?

School District 69 posts positions available to external candidates on both the district’s website, the Career Centre (www.careercentre.org) and through Make a Future – Careers in BC Education (www.makeafuture.ca). Candidates may apply on-line through Make A Future – Careers in BC Education, or by faxing or mailing their application to the district office. The Make a Future – Careers in BC Education site is powered byapplytoteach.com. Therefore, if you have an existing account with them, you can use your username and password to log onto www.makeafuture.ca. If not, you can create an account on Make a Future – Careers in BC Education by clicking ‘Register’. Once you have an account, please sign up for the ‘Job Alert’ feature so you are emailed jobs that interest you.

Will I be contacted after submitting an application?
Only those candidates who have been short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Outdoor NASkart Experience

Fast Time Grand Prix – August 2016

Fast Time Grand Prix is located at 1460 Springhill Road in Parksville.

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

Fast Time Grand Prix and outdoor experience in NASkart racing is an exciting place to pique your racing interests. Our 20 karts allow us to have heat races of 12-14 traveling in excess of 45 km/h on our ½ km track. Our timing system records the drivers lap time, fastest time, average time and ranks them in the order they finish the heat race. As an employee it’s an exciting amusement type atmosphere where our customers look forward to feeling like Formula One racers and we assist in providing that thrill in a safe environment. Operational times are generally in good weather conditions with fun times experienced by our employees. At the end of the day our employees often test their skills with a couple of free laps for themselves, adding to the benefits of working for Fast Time Grand Prix.

How many employees do you have?

Seasonally operated between March 15th and Oct 31st, we hire about 7-8 employees during our off season months. During our peak season (Jun-Aug) we increase our staff 9 -11, running 10-12 hour days seven days a week.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We look for good listening skills, great organizational skills and the willingness and comfort to assist, direct and speak to large groups. Mechanical and computer skills are a large benefit and understanding racing rules is a bonus.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Our customers are our priority and assisting them with a great experience is our goal. A willingness to follow instructions and a happy demeanor will gain recognition with our company.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

We are currently looking to fill 1-2 more positions with a need for individuals with mechanical aptitude.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

We’re open 7 days a week and dropping off a resume would be best, email will work ftgp@shaw.ca. We will hold resumes for a year if our compliment of staff is full.

Oceanside Village Resort

Oceanside Village Resort – July 2016

Oceanside Village Resort is located at 1080 Resort Drive in Parksville.

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

Oceanside Village Resort Ltd. is owned by the Hill family of Parksville, with over 45 years experience operating resorts. The Hills opened their first resort, Kasba Lake Lodge in 1975 and then developed and operated what is currently known as Beach Acres across from us. We are a 15 acre resort with 140 cottages of varying sizes sleeping from 1 – 8 persons and each cottage is privately owned. All of our cottages have been designed by a professional interior decorating company out of Nanaimo which offers up a warm and inviting feeling with furniture packages to go with the interior color schemes. All of our accommodations come fully equipped with the comforts of home including 6 appliances and up to three televisions per cottage. We are a very pet friendly resort offering up cottages for both short term and long term stays.

Oceanside Village Resort is like a home away from home for many, as we have a huge following of repeat guests and snowbirds here from one to five months each year. On-site guests can enjoy our indoor pool, hot tub and exercise room, along with amenities such as our Taste Café & Bistro, Tranquil Moments Day Spa and Aglow Salon. We value our staff as much as our guests and everyone is treated with the same integrity and respect. In doing so, all staff strive to make Oceanside Village Resort the first choice of guests and commit themselves to meeting and exceeding expectations through constant dedication to every aspect of service we provide.

How many employees do you have?

In off season we have approximately 14 employees and during the busier times of the year we have upwards of 24 – 26 employees.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Enthusiasm for the job is key as well as a good work ethic. We look for individuals who want to excel in the hospitality industry and be part of a team with a focus on honesty, integrity and respect for both their colleagues and guests. Our staff members need to be able to work independently with little supervision and often under pressure given the tight time constraints involved with the day to day running of our resort. Outgoing personalities and an eagerness to assist are essential. Every guest arriving needs to be greeted by staff with a cheerful outlook to create a wow factor.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

To be professional, warm and friendly and take the time to chat with a guest and get to know them. This type of service often results in repeat guests as it creates a family type atmosphere. We want to exceed the guests expectations with each visit and this means being ambitious and dedicated to customer service. We also encourage fun fun fun! If a guest walks in and sees that we are having fun in our office smiling and laughing and everyone welcomes them openly, that is a wonderful first impression!

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Currently we have a good compliment of summer staff but we could be looking to add a couple more cleaners and possibly one more part time person to Guest Services.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

By either coming in to see us in person and dropping off a resume or by email to the Resort Manager Kathy Fraser at Kathy@kasba.com

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