Step by Step: Job Search Makeover

 

Your old job search has a new face.

It is true that many traditional job search methods continue to be highly effective, including:

* contacting prospective employers by phone

* dropping off résumés at a place of business

* combing through the classified ads

Increasingly, however, new methods of job search are taking precedence:

  1. Online job banks – More and more Powell River employers are posting their jobs online and often on multiple sites.  People who require help in accessing these sites are invited to sign up for Career Link’s brand-new workshop “Removing the Mystery from the Online Job Search.” Next scheduled for March 29.  Future workshop dates are listed here www.careerlinkbc.com/calendar.html.
  2. Job alerts – Another fairly recent innovation is the “job alert.” The time spent consulting job banks can be cut to a fraction by signing up for automatic job alerts.  Newly posted jobs will be sent directly to your inbox, or cell phone. Getting an application in early gives jobseekers the jump on their competitors. Sign up for your Career Link job alert at  http://www.careerlinkbc.com/services.html.
  3. Online application forms – In the old days, people looking for work simply showed up at the jobsite with tools and a lunch pail, hoping to be hired. But in these times of liability concerns, construction sites are often off limits to hopeful jobseekers. And while emailing remains an effective way to get a résumé into the hands of some employers, others refuse to open such emails for security and confidentiality reasons. Many employers prefer to have all applicants apply via a secure, online application form, often available through the “Careers” section of the company website. (Depending on the size of the company, it may not even be a human being “reading” your resume or application for the first time, but a computer scanning for keywords.) In such cases, the company usually requests that résumés and cover letters be pasted directly into the online application form. To do so, jobseekers are usually required to convert their documents into the correct format. Career Link recommends and can help you with creating a “plain text” resume for this purpose. 

4.  Social media – Used wisely, social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can make job searching faster and easier. Our twitter name is @CareerLinkBC and you can “follow” us at http://twitter.com/#!/CareerLinkBC. Twitter will let you know immediately when we come across a new Powell River job posting as we “tweet” links to new postings and current labour market information.  For jobseekers, a simple basic step is to “tweet” that you’re looking for work, or send the news out via a “status update” to all your Facebook contacts. For tips on creating a Facebook résumé, check out the following website: http://jobmob.co.il/blog/facebook-resume

While Facebook is primarily a social site that can be adapted to job search, LinkedIn is designed for ambitious jobseekers hoping to expand their careers. Résumés are an important part of the user’s profile: in addition to being the first thing that new contacts will see, a résumé can also be forwarded to another LinkedIn user. With so many professionals and CEOs using LinkedIn, this gives the ordinary jobseeker direct access to people they might not be able to contact so easily on the phone, or even via email. The site also features its own job bank, with job alerts sent directly to the user’s profile and email address, if requested.

Overwhelming as all this may seem, jobseekers will find they can makeover their job search fairly quickly, through workshops in basic computer, emailing and Internet skills. Those who want to keep their job searching fresh are invited to contact us at 604.485.7958 to register in a workshop. Try it. You have everything to gain.

Minimum Wage Increase for BC

Mimimum wage hikes to come in BC

On March 16, 2011 Premier Christy Clark announced British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012 and the training wage will be eliminated. The Premier’s press release states: 

“Raising the minimum wage and eliminating the training wage is a fair and reasonable step forward in putting families first and building our economy. This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a full-time employee, providing more support to B.C. workers and the families who depend on them.”

The general minimum wage will increase on May 1, 2011 to $8.75 and be $10.25 per hour by May 2012. As of May 1, 2011 the training wage is also repealed and all hourly-paid employees will be entitled to the general minimum wage regardless of how long they have been in the paid labour force.

A special minimum wage for liquor servers will also be phased in, beginning May 1, 2011. It will be modelled on what now exists in Ontario for employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work.

General BC Minimum Wage

  • Until April 30, 2011: $8.00/hr
  • Starting May 1, 2011: $8.75
  • Starting Nov 1, 2011: $9.50
  • Starting May 1, 2012: $10.25

Alcohol Server Wage for Liquor Servers*

  • Until April 30, 2011:  $8.00/hr
  • Starting May 1, 2011: $8.50
  • Starting Nov 1, 2011: $8.75
  • Starting May 1, 2012: $9.00

 *The alcohol server wage will apply to employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work.

 Quick Facts

• There were approximately 1.8 million paid employees in B.C. in 2009.

• According to Statistics Canada, 2.3 per cent of B.C. paid employees earned $8/hr or less (about 41,200 workers) in 2009.

• The average hourly wage in B.C. in February 2011 was $23.16/hr. – the third-highest hourly wage in the country, behind only Alberta ($25.65) and Ontario ($23.74). (February 2011 figures)

• B.C.’s average hourly youth wage is $13.86 per hour – the third-highest in Canada, behind only Alberta ($15.69) and Saskatchewan ($14.79).

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect

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These minimum wages are the minimum hourly wage rates set by the provinces and territories in Canada for experienced adult workers.

source: http://canadaonline.about.com/od/labourstandards/a/minimum-wage-in-canada.htm

Province General Wage More Employment Standards

  • Alberta $8.80
  • BC $8.00 B.C.
  • Manitoba $9.50
  • New Brunswick $9.00
  • Newfoundland $10.00
  • NWT $9.00
  • Nova Scotia $9.65
  • Nunavut $11.00
  • Ontario $10.25
  • PEI $9.00
  • Quebec $9.50
  • Saskatchewan $9.25
  • Yukon $8.93

This One’s For All Women

Thursday’s at Career Link are for the women of Powell River. 

We’re launching a new series of women’s empowerment workshops starting Thursday March 17th.   

Open to all women, our Thursday workshops will give you a supportive environment to discover and create a journey towards empowerment that is as unique as you are. And if we have a little fun along the way, all the better!

Facilitated by Sandy McCartie, we have four workshops for you to chose from. 

Even if you’re not a Career Link client we invite you to take a little time out for yourself and join us at a Thursday workshop that interests you.  All you have to do is give us a call at 485.7958 email sandy@careerlinkbc.com or drop by Career Link on Marine Ave to sign up. 

We look forward to seeing you.

 Thursday March 17, 2011 (repeating April 14, 2011)  Thursday March 24, 2011 (repeating April 21, 2011)
9 am to 3 pm 9 am to 3 pm
DARE TO DREAM!  “The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step” — Confucius

In a fun and supportive environment you will:

  • Use your imagination to envision a good life for yourself
  • Learn ways to move your dream forward
  • Feel hopeful about your future
FEEL YOUR BEST! “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” — Bill Cosby In this workshop you will:

  • Challenge some old ideas of what it means to be attractive
  • Find a way to feel your best, be yourself and still meet the dress code for the workplace     
 Thursday March 31, 2011(repeating April 28, 2011) Thursday April 7, 2011 (repeating May 5, 2011)
9 am to 3 pm  9 am to 3 pm
BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE!  Would you like to? :

  • Have other people take you seriously
  • Communicate directly and without anger and conflict
  • Feel more relaxed and in control

 This workshop will assist you to draw on your strengths to feel more confident.

   

COPING WITH LOSS – MOVING FORWARD  “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go” — Author UnknownHave you experienced change and loss recently?  In this supportive workshop you will learn that our reactions to loss are normal, and you will learn some ways to cope and move forward after change. 

 

Career Link’s Going Social

Career Link Blog: Web Log (www.careerlinkbc.wordpress.com)

  • A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first (similar in format to a daily journal). Blogs typically include features such as comments and links to increase user interactivity. Blogs are created using specific publishing software (eg. WordPress.com or blogspot.com…)
  • Subscribe now to be notified when we publish new content on our blog. Subscribe now: https://careerlinkbc.wordpress.com/feed/rss/ Blogs Today: As the Internet has become more social, blogs have gained in popularity. Today, there are over 100 million blogs with more entering the blogosphere everyday. Blogs have become more than online diaries. In fact, blogging has become an important part of the online and offline worlds with popular bloggers impacting the worlds of politics, business and society with their words.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/careerlinkbc 

  • Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page. Tweets are publicly visible by default; however, senders can restrict message delivery to just their followers. Users may subscribe to other users’ tweets – this is known as following and subscribers are known as followers or tweeps (Twitter + peeps). All users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, compatible external applications (such as for smartphones), or by Short Message Service (SMS) available in certain countries. While the service is free, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

Career Link’s Facebook Page (FB): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Career-Link-Powell-River-BC/361995013333

Career Link’s Profile: Will work: http://www.facebook.com/#!/CareerLink 

Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004; it has more than 600 million active users.

FB Users may:

  • create a personal profile,
  • add other users as friends and exchange messages
  • join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics.

You need to be registered as a Facebook user (accounts are free) in order to fully access and interact with Facebook pages or groups. But you can get some info even if you are not registered, for example you can visit our CareerlinkBC page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Career-Link-Powell-River-BC/361995013333

Facebook provides three types of “profiles” for people to use to facilitate communication with their audience; we have two of these:  

  • Facebook Profiles are what people use to maintain their online identity with Facebook. One example that comes to mind is my local coffee shop, Coffee Rush. While they have a Page, their personal profile provides for 1:1 messaging with the business owner. > We have this, it’s Will Work: Will is Career Link’s mascot. His/her profile page is at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CareerLink
    • Facebook Pages are intended for businesses, brands and public figures. We’ve got a pretty cool page, but I have to pay respect to Pages that really work it: Vitamin Water, Red Bull and Starbucks. > We have this, it’s CareerlinkBC  (find us by searching for careerlinkbc in your own Facebook profile’s “search” box or link to it directly by entering this long URL into your browser’s address line: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Career-Link/361995013333  or…. “Like us” on our website or blog. LIKE US! The more ‘Likes’ we have, the better reach we’ve got. We link to this from our website; but in order to “like” the page, you have to sign into your account.
      • All users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, compatible external applications (such as for smartphones), or by Short Message Service (SMS) available in certain countries. While the service is free, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

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The “Great Integration”: We have set things up so that any Facebook message (a.k.a ‘wall status’) will — once published–also forward that message to our Twitter account, which will in turn send the tweet to our website (careerlinkbc.com) in the left hand column on the job postings page: http://careerlinkbc.com/employment.html and onto our Blog page in the right side column under Career Tweets (www.careerlinkbc.wordpress.com)  Our Blog posts are also sent onto Facebook as status updates (which will link to the actual blog post), and also sent out to Twitter.

Free Job Search Workshops at Career Link

Career Link is excited to present new Job Search Workshops for Powell River job seekers.  You, our fantastic clients, have spoken and suggested new content and a reduced time commitment to cover them.  We’ve listened, gone back to the drawing board and come up with what we hope is a great new selection of workshops that are of most importance to you right now in your job search.   For the first time, you can work around your schedule and choose to attend only the workshops that interest you!    

We’ve broken down your job search into two and three-hour free workshops, and there is no need to meet with an employment counsellor in order to attend, although we recommend this as a good starting point.

The topics you see below will be repeated regularly with some variations thrown in for good measure. Start your job search today! For the dates and times please visit: http://careerlinkbc.com/calendar.html then reserve your spot by calling  604.485.7958 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Monday to Friday), or drop by Career Link and sign up. 

Note that some of the workshops require computer skills.  Not to worry, we will provide a very quick evaluation of your skills or help you get up to speed by signing up for our Computer Workshops. 

Marketing Yourself to Employers:
-Discover the secrets of the Rule of Seven self-marketing technique
-Use your job-search time more efficiently
-Master telephone skills & the art of the voice mail 

Your Rights & Responsibilities in the Workplace:
-Find out about BC Employment Standards
-Distinguish between legal & illegal interview questions
-Ensure your safety on the job 

Create a Winning Resume & Cover Letter:
-Explore the basics of resume design. Use templates to create a quick & easy resume/cover letter .Showcase your skills with benefit language.
Computer skills required.  Must know how to cut and paste in Word  Recommended completion of our computer workshops: Word Level 1 and Internet Skills

How to Shine in Interviews:
-Discover the Interview questions that all employers ask
-Fired from your last job? Gaps in your history?
-Prepare a response for  awkward questions

Removing the Mystery from the Online Job Search:
-Discover how to search the online job banks and classified ads
Computer skills required.  Must know how to search the Internet and have good “mouse” skills

Mastering the Art of Online Job Applications:
Make sure your resume gets into the right hands.
Computer skills required.  Must know how to cut and paste in Word.  Recommended completion of our computer workshops: Word Level 1 and Internet Skills

 
Design your Own Business Card:
Use MS Publisher to design and create your own business card.
Computer skills required. Must how to use Word well.  Recommended completion of our computer workshops: Word Level 1 & 2

 
How to Shine in Interviews, Part 2:
Hone your skills by participating in a practice interview

 

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