Heath Care Job Search Tips!

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Click  above to visit the Heath Match BC web site

The province of BC, through the Health Match BC program, is currently recruiting physicians and facilitating the recruitment of registered nurses and allied health professionals on behalf of BC’s publicly-funded health care facilities. If you are a health professional seeking employment, or a health care facility in British Columbia hiring qualified professionals, they can help. View their video encouraging people in the medical fields to move to rural BC.

Other Opportunities:

Visit the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) website for list of jobs for current VCH employees and medical staff, as well as postings open to external applicants. Even if you do not hold a medical degree, but especially if you are pursing one, there are usually a few jobs listed that may suit you. Recent postings include Staffing Clerks, Activity Worker/Drivers, and Manages of Home Health Services , that tend toward the not strictly medical side of things.

In addition, there are pharmacy and lab jobs as well as Maintenance/Management fall under the Fraser Health Authority that, for example currently has a job postings for an Electrician/Maintenance Worker.

Remember that laundry services at the Powell River Hospital and related organizations are managed through K-Bro Linen.

It really is worth remembering that companies that specialize in one type of product or service always need people who can handle aspects like driving, maintenance, clerical duties, legal and accounting duties, management roles, and more. And once you are working for an organization such as Vancouver Coastal Health, your prospects for mobility within the organization are vastly improved as you will now often have access to internal job postings as well.

Employment Skills Access Initiative

BC_Labour_Market_Programs_headerEmployment Skills Access Initiative

Look into B.C. programs and services that help people gain skills and find employment. Check if you qualify under their eligibility requirements.

  • Aboriginal Business Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST)
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  • Aboriginal Training and Employment Program (ATEP)
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  • BladeRunners
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  • Employment Skills Access Initiative

Provides tuition-free, group-based training at public post-secondary institutions around B.C. to prepare eligible participants for entry/re-entry into the labour force.
Duration: 3 weeks to 9 months (varies by institution and training program)


  • Training programs offered through this initiative are based on local/regional labour market priorities.
  • In most cases, training programs prepare participants for entry-level employment in an industry, sector or occupation currently experiencing, or expected to experience, a labour or skills shortage.


  • Unemployed, non-Employment Insurance clients
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not a student at time of enrolment

Contact the institution(s) in your area for more information about ESA training programs:

January 2015 Water Cooler: Are you ready to retire? The top 5 questions to ask yourself


By Melany Hallam

Do you have a solid financial plan for your retirement?  Yes/No (take the survey here: http://www.careerlinkbc.com/blog.php) 

It’s a new year—a time when we often think of making changes in our lives and setting goals. Is this the year you’ll start thinking seriously about retirement?

If you have looked into retirement even a little bit, you’ll have seen all kinds of conflicting advice. Some advisors say you need to have built up RSPs of almost a million dollars, between contributions and investment interest. Others put the amount closer to half that. Either amount sounds pretty scary to me, but if you’ve still got 15 or 20 working years left, it may not be as hard as it sounds. To give yourself an idea of your own situation, try this quick and dirty retirement income calculator from TD Bank: http://retirement-calculator.tdcanadatrust.com/about-you.html.


Here are the top five most common questions and answers for retirement planning:

  1. How much can you expect from government pensions?
    Government pensions are a huge help to people who have been unable to save much in RSPs during their working years. You can get as much as $563.74 monthly from Old Age Security (or more if you qualify for income supplements). Find the full chart here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/payments/index.shtml.

If you were retiring in 2014, the Canada Pension Plan maximum was $607.33 monthly. The full chart is here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/cpp/payments/.

But remember, both of these amounts will change depending on what year you retire. To do your own calculation, see the federal government’s retirement income calculation website here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/cric.shtml.

There’s also a handy video that explains how you can calculate your own income automatically from Service Canada website here: http://video2.servicecanada.gc.ca/video/boew-wet/fegc-gcwu/rpc-cpp-eng.webm

  1. How much will you get as a pension from your current employer?
    If you contribute to a pension plan through your job, it should be providing you with a statement each year. This will include estimated monthly payments based on retirement age and years of service.
  2. How much will you need every month?
    Here’s where you really need to think about what you want to do when you retire. The generally accepted monthly income rule is 70% of your current income. But if you want to spend your time enjoying your home and family, you’ll need less than if you want to spend your time travelling. Here’s a case study of estimated retirement expenses from a real person. This is Part 1 of a series, and links to Parts 2 and 3 are at the bottom of the article: http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/retiring-early-part-1-the-expenses.htm
  3. How much debt will you have?
    The traditional rule of thumb for debt in retirement is to make sure you have your mortgage paid off when the time comes. However, these days, with interest rates at an all-time low, it may make more sense for you to keep your mortgage and put any extra money into a retirement investment account. Even a half decent investment should make more than the 3 or 4 percent you’ll be paying on your mortgage.
  4. How long will you live after retirement?
    Well, that’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it? Most advisors will say to plan for about 30 years of living on retirement income. But this rule may also be outdated, as Canadians are working longer into their 60s and 70s—and not just because they have With life expectancy also increasing, a more realistic retirement age may be closer to 72 years. Read more in this Financial Post article: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/24/youre-not-as-old-as-you-think-so-stop-that-retirement-talk/


I haven’t yet worked out how all this could apply to me, but I’ve got to admit to feeling a little terrified that I’m going to end up destitute and having to survive on handouts and cat food in my old age. How about you?

2014 in Review: Coastal Postings

The 2014 year in review (1,211 job postings of which 857 were posted directly via Career Link and 354 from other sources, but also posted on our board and on our Facebook page and Twitter.)

Previous year-end numbers for comparison showing the number of job postings submitted to Career Link (not individual jobs offered, as some job postings are for multiple positions):

  • 2014: 857
  • 2013: 574
  • 2012: 542
  • 2011: 542
  • 2010: 422
  • 2009: 556
Click on the image to view the interactive chart


My Next Job Workshop is for YOU



Most people prove to be dedicated and committed job seekers.  There are, however, strategies based on established marketing techniques that may prove helpful in convincing employers to choose you as their next employee.

My Next Job is a free, value packed 3 day workshop that explores these techniques and helps participants develop a plan of action to find the right employer and then land the job.

Topics include:

  • The Hidden Job Market
    • 80 – 85% of jobs people get have never been advertised.  So how did they find those jobs?  Learn how to find and then approach employers that you would like to work for and for whom you know you would be an asset.
  • Networking Strategies
    • Many Career Link clients tell us that they got jobs through networking.  Learn why acquaintances are more important than friends and family when networking.
  • Marketing Yourself to Employers
    • Learn what Nike sales campaigns have to teach us about job searching.
  • Approaching Employers
    • Feel awkward making those cold calls to employers?  Not sure how to set up an informational interview (or even why you would)?  Writing scripts and preparing lists of questions to ask so that you can make those calls smoothly are part of the workshop.
  • Identifying and Describing Transferable Skills and Attributes
    • How will your resume and your elevator pitch demonstrate that you are a good fit for the employer?  Whether you have limited work experience or a lot, it’s important to be able to pick out the skills and attributes that are relevant to the work you are looking for right now.
  • Interviews
    • Most job seekers are ready and able to answer questions about their skills, but what about those behavioural questions, attitude or character questions, or questions such as, ‘Tell me about a weakness you have.’?  Prepare answers to these and other common interview questions in the workshop.
  • Contact Career Link to register today! Drop on by or call us at 604.485.7958 or register online.

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