Summer Jobs 2013

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It’s that time of the year again, when the summer jobs start popping like cherry blossoms. Traditionally, apart from holiday relief work in retail (tip: Walmart and Safeway are hiring for multiple positions) and some manufacturing sectors (tip: Catalyst Paper is hiring students), the sectors that heat up with the temperatures include:

  • Tourism/Food services (tourism guides, camp workers, hotel staff, caretakers of all sorts, work in resorts, retreats, B&B’s… ) Including self-employment in seasonal activities like ice cream or other food trucks, busking, etc.
  • Sports and Recreational guides and support (lifeguards, fishing guides, kayaking and hiking guides, etc.)
  • Seasonal Aquaculture production (with the 8-week prawn season almost upon us)
  • Child-minding (for school-aged children and youth coordinator/ babysitter, workshop/activity coordinators, day camp workers (tip: the City of Powell River is hiring now)
  • Other sorts of seasonal camps and educational facilities (read a recent article on adult camp to improve hi-tech skills)
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Roofing (construction/renovation/retrofitting)
  • Power cleaning services (carpets, gutters, etc.) and painting (especially exteriors)
  • Farming (see GoodWorkCanada for opportunities)

According to an April 6, 2013 Vancouver Sun  article titled “For Youth, Scramble for Jobs Begins”,

B.C.’s largest employer of youth – the tourism industry (including  restaurants), 32 per cent of whose employees are between 15 and 24, compared to  16 per cent overall – should see about 100,000 people hired across the province  this summer.

‘In the Lower Mainland, there’s lots of workers for the demand,’ said Arlene  Keis, CEO of go2, the B.C. tourism industry’s human resources association. ‘But  it’s tightening up in the northeast, the Kootenays and the Okanagan. There’s  lots of opportunities there and it’s more competitive among companies and  sectors.’

Thinking about heading to Vancouver for work this summer? Maybe think again:

‘If [youth] have the right skill set, there’s lots of opportunity, and more so if  they look outside the Lower Mainland.
Read the entire article here.

Indeed, the job board here at Career Link is just packed with opportunities; check our Facebook page for the same content, noting that it tends to be easier/faster to browse the actual job board on site (we are open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm at #103, 4511 Marine Avenue). Youth can easily increase the chances of landing a good summer job that will help not only financially, but to increase work experience related to their field of study or future career aspirations by:

  • Networking — let friends/family know you are looking for summer work (and in which areas/types of work)
  • Brushing up your resume with a detailed ‘skills’ list that includes life skills (visit Career Link for more information, feedback and samples, or visit http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/index.shtml )
  • Regularly checking online job postings like our own, or to look for work in other areas,  via WorkBC, Indeed.ca, Wowjobs.ca or industry-specific sites like Goodworkcanada.com (you can find a great list of industry job posting sites and career information at: http://www.careerlinkbc.com/research.html )
  • Applying early (even if unsolicited). Now is not too early.
  • Adding some targeted training to your portfolio, like FOODSAFE [(in-person course happens Sunday May 5 — apply by May 1 at 604.487.0647; $70) or online here], Serving It Right (for alcohol servers 19+), and First Aid.
  • Looking into programs like Get Youth Working (where eligible youth under 30 years old could increase their chances of getting work with eligible employers; this program was recently beefed up with some additional funding, too).

But even if you are part way through the summer and still have no work, don’t give up! There are lots of opportunities that come up mid-summer as additional staffing may be required. Also, if you are able to, you can look into traveling to the job itself.

Good luck to you all!

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