Newsflash! Powell River on board for Marine Training Program

Good news for Powell River’s Marine Industry! Local Marine Operator Training Program to launch February 9th at VIU Powell River.  Fully funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation’s Employment Skills Access (ESA) Program, successful students will gain skills and earn certificates that meet Transport Canada’s standards to work on and operate a commercial vessel.

A three-week program for marine industry job seekers and workers that are:

a) unemployed with no attachment to EI in the last three years for a regular claim or past five years for a Maternity/Parental claim; or

b) under-employed but with no post-secondary education towards a degree or recognized certification (upgrading or a few courses is not considered post-secondary)

Not sure if you or your employee qualifies? When in doubt apply, apply, apply! But don’t delay, the application deadline is this Friday, January 13.  Pick up and drop off your application at Career Link or VIU Powell River.

Career Link is keen to partner with VIU to promote this program because it’s local, there’s free tuition and books, and the certificates serve both new job seekers as a first step to employment and seasoned workers as a means to meet updated industry standards.

Marine Industry Owners and Operators: what are your current and future hiring needs? Could this program’s graduates and/or Career Link’s free services for employers assist? Please do let us know.

For more information contact Laura at 604.485.7958  or

Funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement

Step by Step: 20 Quick and Easy Job Search Tips

Time to Make a Change!

With the new year upon us, it’s time to think about making changes. Susan Biagi guest blogs for us this week with a timely post featuring 20 Quick and Easy Job Search Tips.

We at Career Link wish you much success in 2012, and hope you will take advantage of our many services, including free workshops and career counselling to help make your employment dreams a reality. Drop by for the scoop on what’s new for 2012 – training programs and funding, new workshops and computer classes are starting soon!

20 Quick and Easy Job Search Tips

By Susan Biagi

The following are some things you can do right now to jumpstart your job search.

  1. Make sure your résumé is targeted to the job you’re seeking. If you’re looking for a job as a Caregiver, avoid emphasizing your previous career in cooking.
  2. Ask friends in your field to provide feedback on your résumé. Ask a friend who has good spelling and grammar skills to proofread it for you.
  3. Don’t limit your job hunting to the classified ads. People who go through the phone book and systematically call or visit employers will usually find work.
  4. When telephoning, get dressed to the shoes, smile when you speak, and stand up straight. Enthusiasm and energy come across over the phone.
  5. Don’t limit your search to large, visible companies. Small, out-of-the way companies also have openings.
  6. When visiting employers, leave friends, children, or parents at home. A badly behaved child can scuttle a job search.
  7. Compile a list of 25 target employers. Study each company’s website or google the employer’s name. Use this information to help build a better résumé or cover letter.
  8. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before embarking on a job hunt. If you have a cold or are feeling unwell, leave it for another day. Employers are leery about hiring people who aren’t in good health.
  9. Learn to shake hands properly. Many employers are turned off by “cold fish” handshakes.
  10. Practise making eye contact. If this is difficult for you, look at the spot just above the eyes, in the middle of the forehead. The employer can’t tell you’re not looking directly into the eyes.
  11. Employers prefer to hire people who look as though they fit in. Study what the employees are wearing and dress the way they do.
  12. Make sure that your hands and shoes are neat and clean. Employers will often focus on small details such as these.
  13. Prepare a short “commercial” you can use when telephoning or visiting. For example, “I’m an Office Manager with 12 years experience in the field. I’m fully skilled in the use of Microsoft Office and various accounting programs. I’d like to send you my résumé and speak with you about my background and experience. When would be a good time?”
  14. If you’re having trouble contacting the employer directly, try leaving your “commercial” after hours on the employer’s voice mail. Immediately follow up with an email, with your résumé attached.
  15. Have your early morning coffee at cafés that are popular with local employers. This is especially important for construction workers. Dress in work clothes, and try to make a good impression. Tell people you’re looking for work.
  16. Learn to use Internet job banks, as more and more employers are advertising this way. Our Career Link workshops will help you master this skill.
  17. Shop at stores or eat in restaurants where you hope to work. Get to know the staff. Analyze the employer’s needs.
  18. Volunteer for short-term projects. You’ll meet a lot of important contacts and acquire needed skills. Volunteer Powell River ( has plenty of short-term opportunities you can apply for online.
  19. Avoid posting compromising pictures or comments on a Facebook page or other social media. Employers consult these sites when researching  job candidates.
  20. Never give up. There’s a job out there for you.

Jobseekers who require help putting these tips into practice are invited to book some one-on-one time with a Career Link employment consultant, or attend a workshop. Call us at 604.485.7958. It’s easy and it’s free!

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