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

Employer of the month

Island Crisis Care Society – May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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

Our tagline is “support shelter safety” and these three words encapsulate the core of our work. We provide shelter and psychosocial support to Nanaimo and Oceanside residents who need it. We run emergency shelters, a sobering centre, crisis stabilization and assisted living programs, along with supportive recovery and outreach services. The Deloitte Millennial Survey last year (2018) reported that attracting and retaining millennials and Gen Z respondents includes several key factors. The first two were financial rewards and workplace culture. ICCS offers wages on par with or higher than most organizations in our sector, and much of our workforce enjoys the benefits of membership in the BCGEU. But where we really shine is our culture. Long term employees report that the clients they work with and the meaningful aspect of the work is what keeps them engaged and satisfied year after year. While the flavour of our culture differs somewhat from program to program, overall it shares a distinctive bottom line. While fiscal responsibility is important, we also measure our success by how well we contribute to making the world a better place. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that every employee joins our team because of the opportunity the job provides in this regard. Our employees feel like they are making a significant and meaningful contribution to improving the lives of neighbours and community members. They feel that way, because they really are making that difference. At the management level, there is a conscious focus on supporting our front line staff to face the challenges of the job with resiliency and strength. We emphasize empathy and compassion, alongside healthy boundaries and self-care. There is a genuine desire from the Board of Directors to our frontline staff to model therapeutic relationships and integrity. We are always working to secure the resources, partnerships, and expertise necessary to achieve our vision.

How many employees do you have?

As of 01 May 2019 we have 106 employees in Nanaimo and Parksville.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Our biggest category of employees is Support Workers. In Support Workers we look for relevant education that provides the skills and strategies for managing the difficult behaviour that some of our client’s express. We look for a natural temperament marked by empathy and resiliency. We look for integrity, ethical principles, and maturity. We hire from different ages, recognizing that each stage of life has a valuable perspective. We look for “people skills,” a healthy understanding of boundaries, and intelligence. Our most successful employees are ones who have some familiarity with people in crisis, or who have lived experience with mental health and recovery. We look for people who understand trauma and the way that early adverse childhood experiences shape perspectives and behaviour.

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

Understand the job and what training and resources you need to be successful. In general this involves an understanding of yourself, your triggers, and the things that motivate and discourage you. Are you a good listener? Do you like holding space for people, being present? Are you good at offering empathy?  Those qualities are essential to support work. As are healthy boundaries. If you are interested in one of the other jobs in our society, are you willing to work with the limitations of a non-profit environment? Along with our enviable work culture, goes the challenges of working with tight budgets.  If a position you are applying for says it includes night shifts, spend some time considering if that is something you can really do for an extended period. If you don’t have experience doing front line work, and think you would like it, consider volunteering. We are developing a volunteer training program that offers some opportunities to work alongside frontline staff.

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

We will be hiring Support Workers and Outreach Workers in the Oceanside area, as well as advertising for some management level positions. We will also be hiring for similar positions in Nanaimo.

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

Please visit our website and click on the “Join Us” tab. www.Islandcrisiscaresociety.ca

Canadian Coast Guard – April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Canadian Coast Guard is a nationally recognized and world-leading symbol of maritime service and safety. Our iconic red and white ships, hovercrafts and helicopters represent the federal government’s presence along 250,000 kilometers of coastline touching three oceans and the Great Lakes, the longest of any country in the world.

The Canadian Coast Guard is entrusted to deliver valuable programs and services to Canadians. As a Special Operating Agency within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we ensure the safety of all mariners on our waters, protect our marine environment and support economic growth through safe and efficient movement of maritime trade in and out of Canada’s waters.

How many employees do you have?

Canadian Coast Guard currently employs approximately 1250 people in Western Region and 4700 across Canada.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Whether you are willing to learn the maritime way of life, or are already in love with life on the water, we are looking for people who have a passion to help others and who bring innovative ideas, creativity, energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to contribute and influence our path to a brighter future.  Like other organizations, we also require employees to manage our finances, human resources, marine technology infrastructure, and capital projects – among other corporate management responsibilities.

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

Explore our website at www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca where you’ll find lots of information and videos on various career opportunities with the Canadian Coast Guard. Come see us at career fairs in your area or contact us with your questions. Remember to view www.jobs.gc.ca frequently for new job posters.

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

Yes, we anticipate hiring in the next 6 months for various positions including seagoing such as deckhands, cooks and stewards, lightkeepers, shore based trades and administrative positions.

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

Interested candidates should apply online at www.jobs.gc.ca

BC Ferries – March 2019

 

 

 

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

We offer a unique West Coast working environment with diverse challenges and opportunities. Whether your goal is to work behind the scenes, onboard our ships, or within our land based operations, you are a key contributor to the BC Ferries team.

BC Ferries offers an amazing variety of career paths for those just joining the workforce, as well as experienced marine professionals. If you have always envisioned yourself working onboard one our vessels, opportunities in our Catering, Deck and Engineering departments may be of interest. If a shore-based role is more your style, Terminal or Administrative positions are available in many of our locations.

How many employees do you have?

Approximately 5,100 people proudly serve the coastal communities of British Columbia.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Two key pillars are a commitment to safety and a strong interest in providing exceptional customer service. Other qualities we look for are a strong work ethic and the flexibility to work in various departments and/or locations.

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

Look at our website and be aware of the qualifications required for certain positions. If there is training required get the training. Be curious, investigative and ask questions.

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

Yes we are currently hiring for seasonal positions on the vessels and in the terminals.

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

All applications have to be received online through our career website  https://www.bcferries.com/about/employment/

Career Centre – February 2019

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?

Please apply as per the job posting instructions.

Career Centre

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

Hours
Mon-Tues 8:30am-4:30pm
Wed 8:30am-6:30pm
Thurs-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

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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