Coastal Postings: A Look Back at July’s Jobs

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Sectors                                               # of positions posted in July 2014
Accommodations                                                14
Agriculture,Animals,Aquaculture                 7
Business Management                                        1
Construction                                                          2
Education                                                                6
Finance                                                                     1
Food Services                                                     24
Forestry                                                                    3
Health Care                                                           19
Manufacturing                                                      6
Mining/Quarrying                                              1
Other Services (non-Gov’t)                            7
Professional Services                                       3
Public Administration                                      5
Real Estate/Rental & Leasing                        2
Retail Trade                                                         20
Social Assistance                                                12
Transportation                                                    3

Total number of Jobs posted in July on Career Link’s Job Board (this includes job offers from all sources for Powell River, BC Canada as recorded by Career Link staff): 136


We’ve got Job Options

joboptionsThumbHomepage“Job Options” Set to Run Again Soon

 Job Options is a program for unemployed adults who want to take the next step in getting back to work, whether that means finding employment or going on to do further training. This program helps to build employment skills to get you back on track with your Career.



  • Over 18 years old
  • Unemployed
  • Not a student
  • Not on EI (now or in past 3 years)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have not participated in a similar program

Program Details

There will be two intakes of Job Options coming up soon at Career Link. The first intake is planned to begin September 3nd, 2014. The other will take place October 27th, 2014. These start dates are tentative. In order to help target the program to the individual’s needs, the first intake will be of younger adults, ages 18-35. The second intake will focus on adults over 35 years of age.

Job Options features 4 weeks of classroom-based learning focusing on job search skills, employment skills and life skills development. During this time, participants will also receive a variety of specific training and certifications required to meet their career goals.

Support for transitioning to employment will also be provided. By offering a training stipend of $250/week for four weeks, and funding for transportation, work clothes and equipment we aim to help make it easier to succeed.

The best part of Job Options is just like the name says: Options. Following the program, you will be connected with employers, volunteer opportunities or work experience.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying should contact Job Options program coordinator, Nicole Townsend, by calling Career Link 604.485.7958 or by email at

Agriculture in Powell River Now

Powell River, BC has always been agriculturally inclined. Even the Powell River (Paper Mill) Company modeled the Townsite on the Garden City Movement, that was “grounded in basic respect for the humanity of the individual worker and their family” and followed these 4 rules:

  1. The town was to be entirely preplanned.
  2. Homes for employees and their families were to be constructed by the employer ensuring that each home had “ample room, ample air and a place in the yard for a garden”.
  3. That the entire town was to be surrounded by a green belt of trees or agricultural parkland.
  4. The town should incorporate to the best advantage a mix of industry, commerce, residential, gardens and green spaces (

While the area once supplied itself and neighbouring areas with fresh produce, meat and dairy, the rise in very large scale industrial agriculture on the mainland and Vancouver Island, along with the increased ease in transportation, induced a decline in commercial agriculture in the area since the 1960’s. Powell River still maintained a few farms, and many individual home gardens (especially in areas like Wildwood and Paradise Valley), to supply at least some local produce. More recently, with the increased popularity of Organic and non-GMO (Genetically-Modified Organisms–Powell River became an official GMO-free zone in 2004, the first in BC).

Since then, there has been a lot of interest in augmenting our agricultural profile through various activities like:

  • plans to increase the availability of leased land for agricultural uses especially for lands in the Argicultural Reserve (ALR) (In October 2012, all property owners with 5 acres or more within the City of Powell River or 10 acres plus, in the Regional District were sent a letter, inviting them to consider short or long-term leases, or future sale of their agricultural properties, so as to make farmland more available to people who would like to actively farm but are deterred by the high price of purchasing land.)
  • S.A.L.S.A Society for the Advancement of Local Sustainable Agriculture contact bird483(at)telus(dot)net plans for a Full-Circle Farm that would include a teaching and abattoir component
  • community gardens in Sliammon, at schools, at the Community Resource Centre, and in every neighbourhood
  • a food provisioners’ cooperative, Skookum Food, that also has (for members) a bulk buying club (The Abundant Pantry) and a Fruit/Nut Gleaning project Skookum Gleaners where folks can help pick fruit/nuts and share the produce with the tree owners.
  • a local Food Security Project coordinator and private workshops promoting food growing, composting, and preserving
  •  small-scale food processors like Wild Westcoast Rainforest Products and Mountain Ash Preserves
  • an ongoing Powell River Open Air Market (opens Saturdays 10:30AM/Sunday 12:30PM), and yearly Fall Fair
  • a weekly market in Lund and South of Town at Kelly Creek, as well as an off-season market at the CRC
  • Annual Edible Garden Tours (the next one being on August 3) to peak local interest in ‘growing one’s own’
  • a local brewery in Townsite
  • seasonal wild edibles/medicinal and mushroom-hunting tours, home gardening assistance and services via Routes to Roots Edibles, and a local Permaculture course via The Urban Farmer
  • quite a few new and notable farms like Coast Berry Farm and Wolfson Creek Farm, among others
  • a free annual local publication on Local Food in Powell River called Home Grown
  • a recent government-funded local initiative to promote and brand regionally grown food, called SunCoast Grown
  • and most recently a tannery for locally sourced and environmentally friendly tanning company, Tanned, Wild and Woolly Processing, and a major renovation on Ecossentials, Powell River’s all-Organic market that aims to provide as much local produce as possible also via their weekly vegetable basket delivery in Powell River and on Vancouver Island

egtWe are happy to say that many of these initiatives have close links to Career Link and our parent non-profit The Powell River Employment Program Society (PREP); for example, Career Link helped Tanned, Wild and Woolly to develop their Job Creation Project plan.

If you are interested in pursuing self-employment in agriculture, or in finding local work in food-growing or processing, drop by Career Link and see our staff for more tips and advice, or if you are unemployed or working fewer than 20 hours per week, call us to set up an appointment with one of our Career Counsellors today (call 604.485.7958)

Powell River Agriculture Links


Water Cooler: Social media: How to put it to work for you

Click on the image above to take the survey

Click here to respond to Career Link’s July 2014 Water Cooler Survey question: “Has social media been useful to you in your job search?”

  • Yes, especially Career Link’s Facebook page
  • Yes, I use it regularly
  •  It hasn’t helped me at all so far.
  •  I haven’t tried it yet.
  • What is social media?


Social media: How to put it to work for you

By Melany Hallam

Were you like me when Facebook and Twitter really started to take off a few years ago—you just didn’t get what all the hype was about? Why would I want to see a photo of what people I barely knew were having for lunch? What self-indulgent drivel.

Even though social media has become mainstream, you may still think that your online presence is irrelevant to your work situation. At one time I thought so myself, but I’ve recently had a complete about-face on the effectiveness of social media and here are just some of the reasons why:

  • Build your customer base: I just started doing some social media work (Facebook, Google+, YouTube) for a client, promoting her workshops, books, DVDs, and CDs. I’m learning a lot about what works for her business and how social media builds stronger—and longer-term—relationships with her client base. It’s a well-known sales rule that 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers. These 20% are repeat customers with whom you’ve built a relationship of trust and even friendship. Social media is a way of building these relationships 24/7, whenever your clients are online.
  • Sell your product to new customers: I’m a member of a few Facebook buy-and-sell groups in Powell River. I’ve discovered several people selling firewood through one of those groups and will be buying my winter supply through them this year.
  • Attract clients or potential employers: I regularly receive requests for connections through my LinkedIn profile, even though I haven’t updated it in many years. I keep dismissing these requests since they don’t fit with my current work goals. Which led me to wonder: how much work am I missing because my information is not up to date?
  • Research potential employers: Whenever I considered Twitter, I thought of a friend of mine who can spend hours on celebrity Twitter feeds reading about the whacky things famous people have been up to. But Twitter can also be one of the most open means of learning about companies you might want to work for. Those companies may announce job openings through Twitter, sure, but they can also tweet ideas and events and can allow you to have a direct conversation with employees. These conversations will give you a better idea of the type of employee they want—and help you decide if you want to work there.
  • Lose a job in one smooth move: In one of my previous jobs I was responsible for pre-screening résumés. I remember very vividly receiving one application with an email address referencing the applicant’s attractiveness to the opposite sex. I didn’t even have to do a social-media search for this person to get the impression that he was not the professional we were looking for.

On the most basic level, what social media boils down to is networking. I don’t know about you, but I’ve almost never found a job or a client through a conventional help-wanted ad or from cold calling. Most often, I hear from a friend that a friend of theirs at such-and-such a company is looking for someone. And they only mention it to me because they know what I do and what I`m looking for. You know how it works, right?

Social media—LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter—are ways of extending your network exponentially. If you’re clear about what you want, communicate that effectively (and professionally) and keep your eyes open for opportunities, your perfect job or business opportunity could be waiting for you out there. Go for it.


Still not convinced that social media is important? Take a look at this video by Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics:

According to a recent study in the UK, one in 10 young job seekers are rejected because of their social media use (such as provocative photos or language). More than half of employers are using LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to research job applicants. Want the summary version? Here’s an info graphic that was created using data from the UK study, but will likely apply to Canada and the US as well considering the stats in the video above:

A lot of advice and information on social media focuses on what not to do on Facebook or what photos you should never post on Instagram or Pinterest. There are also positive ways to promote yourself through social media. Here is some practical advice from the University of Waterloo, which has a very successful co-op job placement program:

Coastal Postings June 2014

June 2014 Job Statistics for Powell River: We had 117 job postings for 142 jobs

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Sector                                                   Positions Advertised

Admin and Business Support                    4
Accommodations                                         9
Agriculture/animals/aquaculture             8
Construction                                                 9
Education                                                      6
Finance                                                          1
Food Services                                               21
Health Care                                                  18
Manufacturing                                               3
Mining/Quarrying                                        1
Other Services (non government)             7
Professional Services                                   1
Public Administration                                  1
Real Estate/Rental & Leasing                    1
Retail Trade                                                 42
Social Assistance                                          6
Transportation                                             4


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