Tell us about your business / organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?
We are a locally and family owned and operated restaurant originally established in 1983 in Houston, BC and re-established in 2017. We offer a variety of quality comfort foods and thirst quenchers with genuine and kind service in a family friendly environment. We work alongside our team and strive to constantly look at ways to improve, become more efficient and grow in ways of team and brand development.
How many employees do you have?
We currently employ a team of 24 part and full-time employees.
What do you look for in a new employee?
We can teach the skills and provide the tools necessary to succeed but to be a part of our team, it is imperative to have a good attitude and excellent work ethic. No experience is necessary, we look for those who are ready to work hard.
What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?
Drop by and ask to speak with Jordan or Sherri. We would love the opportunity to meet you.
Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so, what types of positions?
We are always hiring and looking for that special talent to recruit. Whether it’s for a management position, cooking, serving, dishwashing, etc.
What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?
The best way is to apply in person and ask to speak with Jordan and Sherri, preferably during downtimes, (outside of high revenue periods such as the dinner rush) as we would like the opportunity to meet you. Another great way to apply is by emailing your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun filled interaction and a celebration intended to build a strong connection between youth and their communities. Because of this, we decided to focus our May 2023 Tip of the Month on our young people and student job seekers.
Tips for Looking for a Summer Job
Working a summer job can help you gain experience and earn money. Working can be highly rewarding but sometimes challenging to find the right fit. If you are looking for a summer job, it may be helpful to learn more about strategies and tips you can use to make your job search as effective as possible.
What kind of work do you want?
To find a job that best fits you, start with thinking about your interests and values. Even if the position is temporary, you want to enjoy what you are doing. Consider topics that you enjoy and how your interests and values can transform into a summer job. For example: if you like sports, you might want to apply at a sporting goods store, if you like reading you might want to apply at a book store.
Get your references ready
Put together a list of three references. These can be former employers, but if you’ve never worked before, or have limited experience, you can use volunteer references, coaches, teachers, neighbours, former coworkers and acquaintances. Ensure you ask your references for permission first and be sure to get a phone number and an email address for your list.
Check out your social media with a sharp eye. What would a potential employer see if they were to look you up? Do you seem trustworthy and professional? Would you want to hire you to represent your business? How are your privacy settings? If you think no one is going to look, you’re probably wrong.
Write a Resume and Cover Letter
For most jobs, you will need a resume and cover letter to submit to the employer. MS Word has templates and a quick google search will reveal many more great examples. Always have two people proofread your documents before you start handing them out to employers. The Career Centre has an online resume and cover letter workshop https://learning.careercentre.org/ and resume examples on our website.
Many organizations have summer programs that run between June and August. They are typically city, provincial, or non-profit agencies. Finding these positions may require a little digging, but this is another instance where an online search is your friend. The City of Parksville and Chambers of Commerce are good examples of this in our community.
Network, network, network!
Networking really does work! It is an excellent way to tap into the hidden job market and it’s not all that difficult. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Talk to family, friends, friends’ parents, teachers, coaches, anyone and everyone – and ask if they can help you or if they have any leads.
Networking is the best way to find a job and most people are glad to provide job leads and advice. For more information on the hidden job market, the Career Centre sends out news via JAM (Jobs and More), a bi-weekly resource containing up to date local information.
Read application instructions carefully. You don’t want to be screened out because you submitted an application online without attaching your resume or showing up at the wrong time. Depending on the organization, you may need a resume and possibly a cover letter or there may just be an online application. Every employer has different criteria, be sure you know theirs.
Applying in-person allows you to make a personal connection and gives your potential employer a chance to chat with you. Some jobs require a resume, some require an application. Everyone could be different. Be sure to be neat, well groomed and appear “ready to work.” You may be interviewed on the spot!