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Employer of the month

Albertsons Home Center – September 2020

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

We are a family owned, independent business that believes our success is the result of our team and our community outreach. We have created a company culture that allows our team to feel comfortable to do whatever it takes to make the customers’ experience the best possible. A business should not just take from its community, in order to be successful you need to give back and help grow your community.

How many employees do you have?

20

What do you look for in a new employee?

Personality is the biggest key for us. We can teach product knowledge and industry knowledge but you cannot teach the right personality. We look for candidates that understand the customer experience and acknowledge customers have a choice where they shop. We want the customer feeling they were valued by walking through our doors.

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

A lot of our best hires have come from someone being a customer first. They know what our team delivers in customer experience and they want to be a part of delivering that same level of experience. We suggest interested candidates get to know our store, get to know our business, and see if it is the right fit for them.

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

We always have our eyes open for the right hire, you never know when that next perfect fit will walk through the door. The right person will always be the right hire at the right time.

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

Apply in person from Wednesday to Friday at our store at 1187 Franklin’s Gull Road, Parksville.

Nurse Next Door – August 2020

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

Nurse Next door is an in-home care company in Qualicum, Courtenay/Comox, and Campbell River. Our focus is on helping people stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Our Core Purpose is Happier Aging, meaning it is not just about assisting with personal care, making delicious meals, housekeeping and companionship. It is about adding value and personal happiness to each of our client’s daily lives. We do that by following our Core Values: Passionate about making a difference, Find a better way, Wow customer experience and Admire our people. For our employees to exemplify these values, we offer them opportunity to use their abilities and experience to bring these core values into their workplaces every day and with every client. We often say, “how we make our clients’ lives better is only limited by our imagination.”

How may employees do we have?

We have 45 employees of which some work full-time, some part time and some casual. Our employees provide us with their availability so we can set them up with clients that best fit their needs.

What do we look for in a new employee?

We look for people that are either Registered Care Aides, LPNs, RNs, as well as experienced caregivers and companions. Certification is important, but so is life experience. If someone has a passion for working with seniors and/or vulnerable individuals, or if you are a retired nurse, but want to remain in the field, we are interested in you.

We are looking for those individuals that can take on the responsibilities of working on their own, but within a team. We require people with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, a good portion of common sense and can think on their feet. We value honest, friendly, kind and warm-hearted individuals with a strong work ethic.

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

Learn about our company before coming in for an interview. Check out our website, www.nursenextdoor.com and after learning about our culture you can navigate to our particular franchise Qualicum/Courtenay/Campbell River.  Learn why we are different from other in-home care companies. Also, take time to understand why you have chosen to work with seniors and other vulnerable individuals whom require assistance to stay in their own homes and then tell us. We also require our staff to have smart phones. We recently implemented a system where our employees use their phones to do their client reporting on our apps. We embrace paperless technology.

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

Yes, we are hiring as we continue to grow. We need Registered Care Aides and experienced Caregivers and Companions. We will also be hiring an Registered Nurse in Qualicum.

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

Please contact Lily Robertson at: lily.robertson@nursenextdoor.com with a short cover letter and resume. You can also apply right from our website.

Tigh-Na Mara Seaside Spa, Resort, and Conference Centre – July 2020

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

Tigh-Na Mara Seaside Spa, Resort, and Conference Centre is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination nestled within the forest and oceanfront along Resort Drive in Parksville, BC. The Resort features 192 handcrafted log guestrooms, 2 restaurants, 3 kilometres of sandy beach, and the award-winning Grotto Spa; its most recent title being the #1 Spa in Canada by Spas of America.

Although our resort setting is beautiful, rustic, and unique, our biggest pride is in the warmth and closeness of our team. Happy team members make a happy resort, and we have launched many initiatives and work closely with our employees to ensure that. Some brief examples are that staff enjoy both company and community wide discounts, preferred pricing with Helijet and Harbour Air, complimentary access to the gym, sauna, and pool house, internal cash incentives, staff meals, team building excursions, summer bonuses and much, much more. We treat our team like family and encourage them to explore their potential within our many doors.

How many employees do you have? 

Currently we have 300 employees, and that number is steadily increasing as we head into the summer months. Our main departments include Front Office, Housekeeping, Sales & Marketing, Maintenance, Spa, Food & Beverage, Gift Shop, and Accounting.

What do you look for in a new employee? 

At Tigh-Na-Mara we are very proud of our work culture and recognize that skills can be taught, but attitude is the most important feature we look for. It is not uncommon for us to receive positive guest reviews commenting on the warmth and sincerity of the staff resort-wide that all take pride in making our guests feel at home during their stay. We have many opportunities for a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!

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

 Come check us out! Get a feel for our beautiful resort and the staff running it! Bonus if you’re able to enjoy a spa day or delicious meal while you’re at it!

  1. Ensure Tigh-Na-Mara is the right fit for you.  The hiring process is not only about the organization but about the individuals that make it up. We want you to start out with success, so ask questions to fully understand the expectations and to ensure our resort is the right fit for you! Start with what is important to you; Day shift, night shift, working front facing with guests, or behind the scenes in private, and we are happy to help you find the right department.
  2. Apply!  Visit our website to see our current opportunities, or email human.resources@tigh-na-mara.com to inquire.
  3. Ask yourself: Are you ready to be part of a team?  We pride ourselves at looking at everybody as member for our team no matter what department. A team mindset means we look out for the resort and each other as a whole and are conscious of how our actions affect everyone on board. We have a lot of fun!

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

Absolutely! We generally are always hiring meaning that we are always open to receiving applications and performing interviews. No matter the season there is always lots happening at our resort! Currently we are focused on building our Housekeeping team; perks being an additional dollar per hour during the summer, daytime shifts, and getting to spend lots of time outdoors on our beautiful property!

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

Venture over to our Careers page on our website or email human.recources@tigh-na-mara.com . Please mention in that application that you heard about us from reading this article!

 

Tutoring…With A Twist – June 2020

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

Tutoring…With A Twist is the only tutoring agency that guarantees success beyond the classroom. We tutor all subject areas, all grades, all ability levels and all learning styles. We are unique as an employer as the founder, Amber Scotchburn, started the business herself at her kitchen table in little, old Nanoose Bay. Amber built the business herself from the ground up which means that she has carried out each of the roles that are expected of the tutors! She personally works with each tutor to ensure they will experience success with their learners. Read what one of our Twisted Tutors, Chris Bordeleau, shared about working with us.

How many employees do you have? 

At the moment we have 19 employees. This includes our CEO, 16 Twisted Tutors, and a fantastical marketing team. A fun fact to share – we got our first employee (Doreen Sayer) from The Career Centre, read what she shared about working with us.

What do you look for in a new employee? 

First and foremost, we look for someone who is Twisted. We do not train in The Twist so all applicants must ensure that they fully understand and want to embrace The Twist as part of how they educate. You may be asking yourself “What is The Twist?”.  In a nutshell, we want every child to feel as though they can learn and that they enjoy learning!  All of our Twisted Tutors have Criminal Record Check. This, like the Twist, is non-negotiable! Most of our Twisted Tutors are certified teachers. That said, we do entertain applicants who are not certified teachers, based on their unique education, experiences and skill sets. We are always looking out for specialty tutors for those with specific needs: higher level maths, languages, and special education, to name a few. We are flexible with our locations and scheduling! This means that we are looking for an employee that has a passion for education that they want to share and is also happy to set their own hours. Given our current pandemic situation, all tutoring is happening online. When the pandemic restrictions lift, tutors can choose to continue working online and/or work out of the library of their choice.

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

  1. Research the tutoring industry.  Learn more about the duties of a tutor. We wrote a blog, How To Become A Tutor, that you may want to check out.
  1. Apply!  Visit the Join Our Team page on our Tutoring…With A Twist website. You will see (by clicking this link) that we ask a lot of “interview” type questions ahead of time. Why, because when we meet you in person, we want you to show up as who you are, as opposed to being who you feel your employer (us) wants you to be.
  1. Show up as yourself.  We match learners with tutors. A parent knows that we ensure our tutors are well educated & have a criminal reference checks, so their more important concern is: “Who is this person that I’m trusting my child with?”. We want to be able to answer that and are able to do so when a potential employee shows up as themselves!
  1. Ensure The Twist is the right fit for you.  The hiring process is not only about the organization but about the individuals that make it up. Ask questions to fully understand the expectations and to ensure that this Twisted organization is the right fit for you!
  1. Ask yourself: Are you ready to be part of a team?  We pride ourselves at looking at everybody as member for our team. This means the obvious people like the other tutors! However, this also includes the families that we work with and the not so obvious people, like the library staff (as we typically have always worked out of the libraries). A team mindset means that when we are looking at a potential problem, we are looking at how every member of our team might be affected by the solutions we pose.

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

Yes! We generally are always hiring meaning that we are always open to receiving applications and then, hold interviews every 2-3 months. Given the current climate, we expect that the need for tutoring will increase. This may increase the frequency of our interviews!


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

Venture over to our Join The Team page on our website. Please mention in that application that you heard about us from reading this article!

 

 

 

 

 

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#110-198 East Island Hwy,
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Fax. 250.248.4154

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#110-198 East Island Hwy
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm