New Transportation Supplement for Persons with Disabilities starts Jan. 1, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, annual bus passes will be available to people on disability assistance through a new transportation supplement.

Persons with Disabilities (PWD designation) can use the new supplement for an annual bus pass or for other transportation needs, such as HandyDART.

The supplement will also provide flexibility. People can apply for the B.C. Bus Pass at any time during the year. They can also cancel their bus pass at any time and use the supplement for other transportation costs.

The new supplement responds to requests from the disability community to fix changes that were made to transportation supports for people on disability assistance. Government committed to addressing their concerns and consulted with stakeholders on the best approach.

The transportation supplement is $52 per month and will be on monthly assistance payments, starting with the Dec. 20, 2017, payment.

The B.C. Bus Pass can be used in both TransLink and BC Transit areas.

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20 Quick Resume Tips: A Checklist

  1. Before you apply, research the workplace you are requesting to join:
    1. Who are the main players there (search them out on social media but do not contact them that way)?
    2. What do they produce? Who are their clients?
    3. What does the future look like for them?
    4. Drop by their location/ offices/ shop/ factory and get an idea what goes on there.
    5. What do their website and social media reveal?
    6. Can you visualize working there (why/why not)? (take notes!)
  2.  Most importantly, do you have anything to offer them now or in the future? Brainstorm on ways you think they can increase their success, and keep these in your pocket for an interview situation, taking notes.
  3. Keep your resume down to 1 or 2 pages (never more than  2)
  4. Keep your font legible: use the fonts Calibri or Arial; avoid italicization but do use bold and underline
  5. Keep your work experience list within the last 10 years
  6. Choose the best resume format for the job – if you have performed similar tasks among most of your job history and are applying for a similar job, use the Functional style: i.e. list all your acquired skills in a list near the top of page 1 , then keep your employment history simpler by providing (in order of most recent to least recent) your job title(s), the company you worked for (and location), dates you worked from-to (month/year) in chronological order starting with the most recent on top, usually.
  7. Make absolutely sure there are no typos or grammar errors (have your resume and cover letter proofed by 2 different trustworthy people + yourself)
  8. Then- target the job you’re applying for: always refer to the items listed in the job ad or posting, while using similar or even exact wording — especially if you are applying via ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to create a skills-match between you and the job you are seeking to fill.
  9. If you are currently working, explain why you are applying for this job in your cover letter.
  10. Include enough information at the top of page 1 that displays the type of work and duties you can do! Show your accomplishments – whether in education, on the job, volunteering and recreational is this can create a positive impact! Keep it relevant to the overall ‘picture’ of yourself that you are presenting.
  11. Make sure you have no recent employment gaps (or explain gaps in your cover letter).
  12. If you are an out-of-town applicant, include a local address if possible, and address your relocation hopes/plans in your cover letter.
  13. Colour or shading, use of a bold font, blank space on the page, and endorsements are all important. Even video (in addition to a cover letter and resume) can be a nice touch, as can a professional head shot, and link to a portfolio website (again, if it is standard in your industry).
  14. Make sure your social media is up to inspection (73% of employers always check candidates’ social media) – remove questionable material from the web that is linked you your name.
  15. Make sure your email address is professional-looking (i.e. radicalboozehound@whatever.com is not appropriate).
  16. Show personality but also include keywords from the posting; the style of the resume should reflect how you would approach your work and must also reflect the type of work you hope to accomplish with the employer (so, if you hope to be a designer at a company, your resume will look very different from a truck driver’s resume).
  17. Include volunteer activities, interests and hobbies; these become great talking points during an interview and can make you interesting enough to merit an interview at all.
  18. Produce a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat) for your resume when you send it via email or via website uploads. PDFs are readable on all devices, and they maintain the original formatting/font/layout of your original file.
  19. Once you have a great resume, also include a signed cover letter to personalize it further- this is where you specifically mention the job title/code for which you are applying, and where your personality really comes through and allows you to link your interests, skills, plans for the future, education and work history to the position for which you are applying.
  20. Use a formal style for your cover letter, researching the name of the person who will be reviewing your resume (if possible), dating the letter, signing it at bottom and expressing how they should best contact you for an interview or informational session.

Of course, a Career Counsellor would be very happy to review your resume and job plan with you if you are eligible. Give us a call at 604.485.7958 or drop by Career Link Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM at #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC.

Alternately, Career Link offers a FREE Resume Workshop every Thursday from 12:30pm-3:30pm. Registration is required; please click here or give us a call.

 

Coastal Postings Oct. 2017

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October 2017: 137 (73 via Career Link, 64 elsewhere) – 24 re-posted = 113 new job postings.  Total # of individual jobs posted in Oct 2017: 182

Job postings from… Octobers past

Oct 2016: 81 (56 via career link, 25 elsewhere)- 17 re-posted = 64 new job postings

Oct 2015: 101(72 via Career Link, 29 elsewhere) – 30 re-posted = 71 new job postings

Oct 2014: 88 (72 via Career Link; 16 elsewhere) – 37 re-posted = 51 new job postings

Oct 2013: 39 (35 via Career Link; 4 elsewhere) – 17 re-posted = 22 new job postings

Oct 2012: 40 – 7 re-posted = 33 new job postings

Oct 2011: 39 – 13 re-posted = 26 new job postings

Oct 2010: 25 – 2 re-posted = 23 new job postings

Oct 2009: 27 – 10 re-posted = 17 new job postings

Oct 2008: 41- 13 re-posted = 28 new job postings

Remote work: What do I need to know?

REMOTE

By Melany Hallam

I’ve been working from home for many years now as a graphic designer/writer and I wouldn’t want it any other way. However, I do still struggle with some challenges, most recently dealing with FOMO on social media (“fear of missing out” – yes, it’s a thing). Before I disappear down that rabbit hole, let’s go over a list of the pros and cons of remote work, telecommuting or telework, as it’s sometimes called.

The Good

This is the reason we home-based workers have organized our lives this way:

  1. I get to set my own hours. As long as your work gets done, there’s absolutely no reason to work at specific times during the day. Alarm clocks are an evil invention that cause me to begin my day feeling anxious and out of sorts.
  2. I’m learning new skills. When I was an employee, there were other people who handled computer problems, billing, dealing with clients, etc. Occasionally, I attended courses and professional development workshops paid for by my employer. Working at home, I’m responsible for all of that administrative stuff as well as developing new skills and processes for my core work. I’ve discovered that I really enjoy figuring out how to solve problems, both technical and business-related – an unexpected benefit of working remotely.
  3. I don’t often have to speak to people face-to-face. One of my former co-workers used to corner people in their offices on a regular basis to chat and tell stories. He’d had some amazing life experiences, but it could waste a lot of time. I don’t have to worry about this kind of distraction when working at home.
  4. I get to take recreation breaks whenever I want. It’s the nature of creative work that sometimes you get stuck for ideas. Getting out for a hike or a kayak adventure can recharge my batteries, relieve stress and get me back on track – without having to worry about clock punching.
  5. I can work anywhere with an internet connection. When I worked in an office in town, I had to be in that office daily to get my work done. Now, I can be in contact with clients anywhere – even out on a hiking trail, where I much prefer the view. Technology-wise, I use phone and email to communicate with clients and suppliers, and supplement that with the occasional use of FaceTime or Skype. I used to exchange electronic files by email or USB stick only, but more and more people are getting comfortable with online sharing sites such as Dropbox. It’s a brave new world out there!

The Bad

Notice something about this list? It’s exactly the same as The Good list, and here’s why:

  1. I get to set my own hours. I have a dedicated work space in my home, but I have found myself going back to work after dinner and keeping at it till midnight or later to meet a deadline. The danger of setting your own hours is that it’s very easy to become a workaholic.
  2. I’m learning new skills. It can get exhausting to be constantly reinventing yourself and your work processes.
  3. I don’t often have to speak to people face-to-face. There’s a real danger of becoming a hermit or a shut-in when you work from home, but the real risk is in losing touch with current and potential clients. I’ve found that meeting people, at least initially, is very important to establishing a connection and an understanding of the work. In the age of internet trolls, even the best people stoop to treating others badly online just because they don’t know them personally.
  4. I get to take recreation breaks whenever I want. It’s very easy to get distracted when working at home and there’s a real danger of giving in to procrastination and calling it “a creative break”. In addition, I’ve found that some friends and family assume that because you’re at home they can call to chat anytime they feel like it. I do sometimes find myself wondering if they think I’m not working at all just because I happen to be at home.
  5. I can work anywhere with an internet connection. At times it can feel like I can’t physically get away from my work. Smart phones and laptops are great inventions but can also turn any location into an office. You have to learn to unplug!

Here is some really good advice on how to balance The Good and The Bad to be more productive when you’re working from home. (https://hbr.org/2017/09/how-to-stay-focused-when-youre-working-from-home)

How do you get started in remote work?

I hadn’t given this topic much thought before because my transition to working at home happened quite organically. However, I recently watched a YouTube video from a young couple who both work remotely as part of a company team, rather than as contract workers. They’ve very succinctly described the process as it unfolded for them and have some great advice for anyone who has remote work as a goal. The key is to get work experience with a company (in person) and then work hard and build up trust so that an employer is willing to accommodate you when it comes to an alternate work situation. View the video here. (https://youtu.be/ivJSXW7JjGg) (Warning: these two live in a van!)

Building a remote work business

Building up trust with clients is effectively what I did when transitioning to remote work, although this wasn’t deliberate on my part. It began when a former co-worker in Vancouver hired me to do a graphic design project on a contract basis after I’d moved to Powell River. She knew me and my work and could trust that I would deliver. Starting with that first contract, my business slowly grew from a (very) part-time side gig to my current full-time business.

Three things are key when building a successful remote work business. One is networking, of course. For a more detailed discussion on networking, see our Career Sense article here. (https://careerlinkbc.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/networking-its-about-connection/)

But two other essentials skills sometimes get lost in the discussion of technology and work conditions. They are: (1) do good work, and (2) be reliable. Here is an in-your-face article (https://oliveremberton.com/2013/how-to-win-your-first-clients/) by someone who started working for free and became a very successful web developer by utilizing all three of these key skills.

Remote work web design

Most recently, I’ve begun designing and maintaining websites – another learning curve! Web design is especially suited to remote work, but it may surprise you to learn that clients still like to meet me in person, get referred by a friend or know that someone they trust has recommended me via testimonial. No matter how much work takes place online, the personal connection builds understanding and clear communication in any business relationship.

I’m quite enjoying the website design process, although the volume and range of technology out there is a bit mind boggling. Every website project brings a new problem to solve. If you’re interested in reading more about web design as a career – working remotely or as an employee – we’ve put together some fast facts here (https://careerlinkbc.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/fast-facts-career-of-the-month-nov-2017-web-designers-and-web-developers-noc2175/).

For more tips and personal stories on working remotely in Powell River, read our Career Sense article here. (https://careerlinkbc.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/want-to-trade-that-business-suit-for-birkenstocks-and-adopt-the-remote-worker-lifestyle/)

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing you out there in the virtual work world!

The Future of Work Series

The links below are from a CBC Podcast series about the predicted the long-term, and short-term, future of work.  It’s a three part series, with each podcast being about an hour long.  You can listen on the CBC website, or you can listen with your favourite podcast phone app (the Podcast series is CBC Ideas).

The first episode is on AI and Robotics in the workplace, the second episode is on the Gig Economy, and the third episode looks at the impacts of a world with less work.

The Further Reading and Related Website links at the bottom of each CBC webpage have great content as well.

We especially liked the Youtube video: International Labour Organization’s Conference: The Future of Work We Want

CBC’s the Future of Work:

Part 1: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/artificial-intelligence-robots-and-the-future-of-work-1.4286200

Part 2: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/platform-capitalism-digital-technology-and-the-future-of-work-1.4297369

Park 3: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/less-work-and-more-leisure-utopian-visions-and-the-future-of-work-1.4306410