New Workshops at Career Link!

Career Link rings in the new year with three newly-minted free workshops in January!

workshopsJanuary2013-1Click here to download our January 2013 workshop schedule or click on the image at right to view our workshop calendar online and please drop by or call us at 604.485.7958 to register.

1170138_street_worksMy Next Job

This three-day workshop helps job seekers jumpstart their job search. Topics include:

  •  Creating a Leads List
  •  Searching the Online Job Banks
  •  Marketing Yourself to Employers
  •  How to Shine in Interviews
  •  Managing Your Motivation, and more!

1149239_50532713Workplace Etiquette: How to Keep Your Job

This workshop is designed for people who are just entering or recently returned to the workplace. Topics include:

  •  Establishing and maintaining good workplace relationships
  • Dealing with workplace gossip and other inappropriate behaviour
  • Using telephone and social media in a professional manner

1307593_mobile_phone_in_handCommunication in the Workplace

Employers identify communication as one of the top skills needed in today’s workplace. Workshop topics include:

  • Establishing Rapport with Employers and Coworkers
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Building Confidence at Work

Tuition aid rises for job skills

ladyreadsCareer Link has good news for job seekers who find they need training to be considered for employment.

Unemployed people who are eligible to access tuition assistance through the Employment Program of BC stand to benefit from the government’s recent increase in the tuition cap. Starting now, people who receive services through Career Link may be eligible for up to $7,500 in tuition funding to attend career-related training. Previous tuition support was capped at $4,000.

This change in the tuition-funding maximum will give people who are having trouble finding work a better opportunity to develop their job skills. “So often today, employers are seeking applicants who are ready to step into a skilled position,” says Career Link Program Director Lyn Adamson. “If you want year-round employment, and a liveable wage, career training will make a huge difference in leading you to your goal.” Career Link employment counsellors help clients identify skills they will need to target the jobs in demand.

calculThe key is to thoroughly research careers of interest. The need for skilled workers is growing in many trades and management positions, as baby boomers prepare to retire. “A Career Link employment counsellor helps you determine if the vocation you choose is something with a future, and one you can imagine doing full-time for many years to come,” Adamson adds. In Powell River, Vancouver Island University offers several career programs ( Other career- and trades-training options are available in classrooms throughout the province or online.

Launched in April 2012, the Employment Program of BC is designed to offer a full suite of employment programs to all unemployed British Columbians, including specialized populations.  At the same time, it ensures quick and easy access through a WorkBC Employment Services Centre–in this community, the starting point is Career Link.

Powell River job seekers can visit Career Link WorkBC Employment Services Centre at 103-4511 Marine Avenue, or online at For a complete listing of WorkBC Employment Services Centres, visit





We see a lot of resumes here at Powell River’s Career Link office. Most could improve with just a few handy tips, along with a well-directed focus. It’s easy to greatly improve your chances of landing that job.

Below is a visual example of things you should look out for, including using action verbs, highlighting marketable skills and education as appropriate to the type of work you are seeking. Keep it neat, ordered, well-spelled, and as short as it needs to be (under 2 pages is best).
Our Career Lab is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm for drop in self-help, with Career Lab Advisors there to help you as you work. Of course, Counsellors are available for consultations (ask at the front desk or call 604.485.7958 to determine eligibility and to set an appointment), as are free workshops on building your resume, cover letter and general job search skills.

Our trusty website ( has many tips too! Check out our “Resumes and More” section for a wide range of helpful tips and advice.

From Resume and Writing Guide – FGCU Career Development Services

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