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Employer of the month

Island Health – May 2020

 

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

Island Health provides a comprehensive range of progressive health services to the 765,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities.

We offer an exceptional employer-paid benefits package (depending on position) including dental and prescription coverage, group life, long term disability and extensive extended health plan, plus up to four weeks’ vacation after your first year of employment.

 

How many employees do you have?

Approximately 24,500 employees, 1,900 physician partners and 3,000 volunteers across the region.

 

What do you look for in a new employee?

We are always searching for people who are passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care.

The ideal candidate would be motivated and goal-oriented, with an eagerness to learn. They would adapt well to change, challenge any obstacles with a positive attitude and have the ability to think outside the box. They would work well individually and in a team environment.

 

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

Explore your options!

We have a wide variety of work environments from rural/remote hospitals to busy, urban hospitals and everything in between!

Consider your lifestyle.

Would you prefer working in a remote community on northern Vancouver Island where you have access to incredible outdoor recreational opportunities and cultural experiences or would you prefer to live in an urban setting with easy access to a variety of restaurants, festivals and shopping?

Search our career opportunities.

Visit our VI-Hire website and search all current job postings. We are always hiring talented people – and may have an opportunity for you!

 

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

We are always hiring talented people! Some of the positions we are currently hiring for include:

  • Registered Nurses / Specialty Nurses
  • Lab Techs
  • Physiotherapists
  • Community Health Workers
  • Cooks
  • Food Service Workers/Food Service Supervisors
  • Environmental Service Workers
     

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

Visit the How To Apply page on our website. This is a great resource on how to navigate the Island Health Career Centre and our job application tracking system (VI-Hire). You can search current opportunities, create a profile and set up job alerts for new job postings.

Search current Island Health careers.

 

 

Employers Hiring – April 2020

In lieu of this month’s Employer of the Month feature, we’d like to share some suggestions for finding employers to connect with during your job search in this unprecedented time.

 

Essential Services

By government definition, essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians come to rely on in their daily lives.

Essential services fall under the following sectors:

  • Health and Health Services
    • Direct-to-Public Health Services
    • Health Service Providers
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders and Emergency Response Personnel
  • Vulnerable Population Service Providers
  • Critical Infrastructure Service Providers
  • Food and Agriculture Service Providers
  • Retail
  • Transportation, Infrastructure and Manufacturing
  • Sanitation
  • Communications, Information Sharing and Information Technology (IT)
  • Non-Health Essential Service Providers

For a fully detailed list of all essential services within those sectors, during COVID-19: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/essential-services-covid-19

 

Keep an eye on our Career Centre job board.

Stay up-to-date with the latest positions, as posted directly by local employers.

https://www.careercentre.org/find-a-job/

 

Research companies who have had to pivot their business or change their mandate during this time, to see if they need help.

Examples of business pivoting:

  • In-person services shifting to online services
  • Distilleries making hand sanitizer
  • Restaurants shifting to delivery model (often contactless)
  • Manufacturers shifting to production of health protective wear, such as gloves and masks, and vital health equipment, such as ventilators

 

Please check back next month for our regular feature.

 Stay safe and well, and please reach out to us for ongoing job search support.

Parksville Nutri-Lawn – March 2020

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

2020 is the start of our 26th season on Vancouver Island. We are well known as leaders in the industry for providing the best customer experience possible, along with providing exceptionally healthy and beautiful lawns. We are constantly learning and adapting our practices to meet our customers’ needs and requests. Our employees are very well trained and present themselves as professionals and always maintain and promote our values. People come first. We understand that there must be good balance between work life and home life. Flexible hours are available during certain times of the year with paid time off during the winter months. We want our employees to feel like part of our family not just an employee.

How many employees do you have?

We require 3-4 people each year.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Positive attitude and willingness to learn is a great start. People that enjoy working outdoors and enjoy building relationships with our customers are the ones who thrive in our type of work. We hire people who want to work for Nutri-Lawn, not just those who want a job.

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

Communicate! If you are truly interested in Nutri-Lawn don’t be afraid to follow up and ask questions. If you are not sure if you are right for the type of work we offer, call and find out!

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

Yes, we are looking for Lawn Care Technicians.

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

Email cover letter and resume to parksville@nutrilawn.com.

Weatherwise – February 2020

 

 

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

At Weatherwise, we invest in our employees. Cross-training is stressed to create streamlined customer service as much as possible. It is helpful when everyone knows what everyone else does within the business. Training is aimed at learning to appreciate the company as a whole not just the one role. Having an appreciation for all roles in the company is key and understanding the nuts and bolts of everyone’s role makes it a more relaxing team atmosphere. For example, teaching shipping/receiving. Even though it is not the person’s official role, it makes it easier for lunch break coverage and the employee is more comfortable and relaxed about filling in. Cross-training also allows for in-house hiring when vacancies become available. We invest in our employees right from day one. We are an equal opportunity employer.

How many employees do you have?

We presently have 8 employees.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Mindfulness. No experience in lumber required; we can teach that. As this is a customer oriented business, the ability to be versatile helps with customer service.

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

Have a good sense of humour, be mindful, show that you are comfortable working independently and also as a team. Show you are flexible to do a split role – for example, customer service and yard worker.

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

Yes, a Customer Service/Sales position.

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

In person at Weatherwise Cedar Products at 1282 Alberni Highway and ask for Greg.

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