Powell River Job Fair for the new Westview Elementary

The new Westview Elementary

Powell River job seekers in the construction industry have a prime opportunity to find employment next week.  Save the date and polish up your resume because Yellowridge Construction Ltd. is hosting a job fair here in Powell River on September 15th from 5pm to 7pm at the Grief Point Elementary School gymnasium.

Yellowridge is the design-build contractor for School District 47’s newest school Westview Elementary. The Port Moody based construction company may ring your memory bell as they were behind the Powell River Kiwanis Housing Project. To learn more about their current Powell River project check out this link http://www.sd47.bc.ca/Schools/newschool/Pages/default.aspx 

We know that for many job seekers, the chance to meet with employers face to face is often a rarity.  This event is an excellent chance to meet some contractors, discuss work prospects in several areas of interest (see here for a full list), ask questions and of course network! Everyone is welcome.

Planning on attending? Excellent. We’d be pleased to work with you to maximize the impact of your first impression with Employers. Career Link has drop-in self-help services in our Career Lab.  There you will find computers, printers and helpful resume/cover letter guides. If you get “stuck” (like you could really use some help formatting or proofreading your documents) our Career Lab Advisors Giovanni and Rob can give you a hand.

Don’t have a current resume? Want to practice your interview skills before the job fair? How about making an appointment with an Employment Counsellor for one-on-one help and feedback? You can book an appointment by calling 604.485.7958 or online at http://www.careerlinkbc.com/appt.html.

Job Fair FAQ’s

  • What do I bring? An up to date resume (be sure your contact information is correct). Why not bring a couple of copies? Job Fairs are networking events so best to be prepared.
  • What do I wear? First impressions are important.  If the job doesn’t require a business suit then no need to wear one.  You can put your best foot forward with a clean and tidy appearance, offering a genuine smile and by maintaining eye contact throughout your conversation. Showing interest and good manners is important, regardless of the type of job you are looking for. Every employer appreciates someone who is dedicated, conscientious, and attentive.
  • Who will be there? In attendance from Yellowridge will be Eileen Hawboldt, Manager of HR and Marketing, Brian Wess, Site Superintendent and Aaron Toews, Project Manager. Representatives from Dual Mechanical Ltd. and Houle Electric will also be there.     
  • How do I follow up after the Job Fair? Contact information will be provided there and it’s a good idea to follow up to say thank-you and show you are serious about the job.  
  • I can’t make the job fair! or I missed the job fair, now what? You can email your resume to careers@yellowridge.ca We suggest a relevant subject line such as: Powell River New School Construction.

Put your Training to Work in Powell River

Dream Job Ahead

It’s back to school time in Powell River and not just for the kids.  With Fall just around the corner, it’s also a time when we grown-ups may be dreaming of sharpening our pencils and minds too. But what to do? What’s new? At Career Link we’ve been reviewing local opportunities for learning and seeing how these can work themselves into new career directions. Here’s a sampling of some courses and related  job postings to get your motors running.

Traffic Control Persons/Flaggers are in demand. Take the course at home: http://www.viu.ca/ccs/courses/firstaidandsafety.asp#worksafe 

Serious about WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training? The WHMIS 101 course meets your company or personal education needs and meets the legal requirements of WCB/WHMIS legislation. http://www.pr.viu.ca/onthejob/WHMIS.asp

 Lots of job postings for Cooks in town: http://prpeak.com/classifieds/employment/

 Get your FOODSAFE online, in person through Donna (the next session is September 25, 2011 8:15 AM- 4:00 PM at Seventh Day Adventist Church: 4880 Manson Ave. Powell River, BC Contact 604.487.0647 or 604.487.9127)  or Vancouver Island University has a Food Safety for Food handlers (equivalent to FOODSAFE 1) course.

VIU Powell River called to say spaces and student loan funding still available in several Trades programs:

Current First Aid certification is always valued by Employers, St.John Ambulance released their new 2011/2012 calendar.

Want to work as a lifeguard or in Aquatics? The Rec Complex has you covered, call 604.485.2891. 

According to the annual Robert Half global financial employment monitor, 67% of respondents said it is either very or somewhat challenging to find skilled accounting and finance professionals for certain jobs. Train for this industry at VIU starting with a bookkeeping course http://www.pr.viu.ca/bookkeeping/index.asp and then take the Simply Accounting for Windows course there too. Two local finance sector jobs:  http://www.powellriver.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=52 and http://jobview.monster.com/Coordinator-Financial-Services-Powell-River-Sea-to-Sky-Sunshine-Coast-Job-Powell-River-BC-CA-100016021.aspx

Aquaculture Technicians are in demand at our local hatcheries and shellfish leases. So far in 2011, we’ve had 7 aquaculture job postings (compared to 2010 with 1 job posted by this time). Excel Career College offers the Aquaculture Technician Program and reports that to date, 100% of their  graduates are working in the industry.  The program’s details and upcoming Open House September 15th in Port Alberni can be found toll-free at 1.888.280.2451 or www.excelcareercollege.com

Speaking of outdoor work, there’s a 3 hour course to learn about the fun, easy and profitable venture of picking salal and mushrooms at the Rec Complex October 23rd, call 604.485.2891 to register.

Already a full-time student? Tourism Powell River seeks a Saturday Tourist Information Counsellor for the winter leading to full time work come May, 2012.  More job details here http://www.careerlinkbc.com/posting.php?id=3234 

Ready to explore what education or training plan could benefit your career path? Meet with a Career Link Counsellor and see where the road of education could take you. Book an appointment online  http://www.careerlinkbc.com/appt.html or call 604.485.7958.

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