SINGLE PARENT EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

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The SINGLE  PARENT  EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE can help you secure employment by providing opportunities such as up to 12 MONTHS OF FUNDED TRAINING for in-demand jobs or PAID WORK  EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS.

In addition, CHILD-CARE COSTS  ARE COVERED during training and in the first year of employment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:

WWW.SDSI.GOV.BC.CA/PROGRAMS/SPEI.HTML

or YOUR LOCAL WORKBC  CENTRE, Career Link (#103, 4511 Marine Ave. Powell River, BC

Open Mon-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM

Powell River’s Apprentice Advisor

itaPowell River has an Apprentice Advisor to guide you through your apprenticeship journey

 

The Sunshine Coast Region and Sea to Sky region has a new Apprenticeship Advisor, Shannon Hanson. Shannon’s main office location is at North Vancouver at the NSMA Office, 211 – 260 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3G7. She can be reached at 604.971.1599 or by emailing her at shanson@itabc.ca

Part of her role is to provide support and guidance on elements of apprenticeship.  Shannon is encouraging apprentices, candidates who are working in a trade field but wish to acquire trade certification or candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the trades to contact her when there are questions. A scheduled appointment can also be arranged.

Why would you choose to contact or schedule an appointment with an Apprenticeship Advisor?

An apprenticeship is all about learning and training so that you gain the skills you need to excel in your chosen profession. Completion of an apprenticeship has several components to acquiring a trade certification. To understand all of these apprenticeship components you need to feel confident in what you are deciding. An Apprenticeship Advisor can help you understand these various apprenticeship components.

Or drop in at Powell River Vancouver Island University located at 7085 Nootka Street:

  • Wed, August 26 from 9am to 12pm
  • Wed, September 23 from  9am to 12pm      
  • Wed, November 25th from 9am  to 12pm        
  • Wed, October 28, 2015 9am-12pm                
  • Wed, December 16, 2015
  • Wed, January 27, 2016, 9am to 12pm

You may wish information on:

  1. What you have completed in your apprenticeship – i.e. recorded work-based hours in Direct Access.
  2. Resources which are available to help you prepare for the Red Seal or certification exam.
  3. Starting training when you have no marketable skills to acquire employment or an apprenticeship in a trade profession.
  4. How you acquire trade certification if you have worked in a trade profession for several years but have not acquired a Certificate of Qualification for that trade.
  5. The requirements to achieve a trade certification in specific program area.
  6. The transfer credit of technical training and/or work-based hours to registration in another trade.
  7. Government grants or tax credits to assist in covering the cost of your apprenticeship training.
  8. Financial supports which may be available for in-school technical training.
  9. What steps should be taken if I no longer have a sponsor to complete all of my work-based hours.

Contact Shannon by phoning her office phone at 604.971.1599 or contact her via email at shanson@itabc.ca

Researching Sea-Based Careers

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Click on the image to view the Seafair website

With Seafair happening in town (July 24-26, 2015), we at Career Link figured we could review Sea-Based Careers for you. This is not an extensive list, but it is meant as a start. Drop by Career Link or call to set up an appointment with a Career Counsellor to determine the best course of action for you (call us at 604.485.7958 or visit #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River BC).

As in many other industries, maritime career paths are often highly varied according to one’s unique circumstances. However, some general guidelines can help you know what to expect and plan accordingly.

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Basic Categories:

Shipping & Transportation

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Electrician Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Chef Captain
  Research Assistant Master Mariner

COMMERCIAL FISHING CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Fisherman Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Electrician Captain
  Chef Master Mariner
  Research Assistant  

CRUISES AND FERRIES CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Hospitality Manager Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Photographer Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Captain
Waiter Electrician Master Mariner
Bartender Chef  
Housekeeper Research Assistant  
Entertainer    
Transportation Attendent    
Dining Room Attendent    

OFFSHORE OPERATIONS CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Electrician Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Chef Captain
Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter Research Assistant Master Mariner
Pipe layer   Commercial Diver

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Customs Officer Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Port Police Officer Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Rescue Service Captain
U.S. Navy Soldier Coast Guard Officer Master Mariner
U.S. Coast Guard Soldier Engine Utilityman/Pumpman  
  Electrician  
  Chef  
  Research Assistant  

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Research Assistant Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Natural Sciences Manager Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Captain
  Electrician Master Mariner
  Chef Marine Biologist
  Research Assistant Ecologist
    Meteorologist
    Environmental Engineer

New to town? Here are some helpful links

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Here are some links to info you might find interesting if you are new to town or just moved here and are seeking work.

Our region has a budding agriculture and aquaculture scene, plus a new brewery and many recreational opportunities from kayaking and sailing to rock climbing, hiking, swimming, snowshoeing, skiing, and diving.

Employment counsellors are able to meet with you only when you are residing here and working fewer than 20 hours per week and not a student (call us to determine your eligibility at 604.485.7958) , but anyone is welcome to use our info services in our self-help lab.

Welcome to our chunk of paradise. We hope this helps!

Resume Scanners: What, Why and How

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Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), commonly known as Resume Scanners, allow employers to easily screen and filter job candidates.

 These systems are becoming popular among employers, especially large companies, because of the volume of applications often received for job postings. These scanners allow employers to screen, filter, and track applicants, saving the company time and money on recruiting.

However, the resumes that do get past these scanners are getting read by real people.  This means candidates still need to create easy to read resumes which use clean layouts, and which effectively promote their experiences and skills.

HOW RESUME SCANNERS WORK:

Scanners are typically used on resumes/applications submitted via company websites or as email attachments. They scan resumes, breaking down and categorizing applicant work history, skills, and education into bite-sized searchable components. They use the dates from each job to determine how many years of experience – have with a given skill set.

Scanners store this information in a database which employers can use to search for potential candidates. Employers can search for candidates based on keywords, job titles/descriptions, and education/certificates. The search results return a ranked list of candidates, who are scored based on the relevancy of their resume compared to the searched terms.

Traditionally, resume scanners could only read plain text resumes, but now most can read many different document types. There are a variety of Resume Scanners out there, but many will reject resumes if they use any of the items listed in the ‘AVOID’ section below. You may never even know if your resume was rejected.

DO:

AVOID:

·         Use keywords from the job posting (create a skills section if needed)

·         Headers/Footers

 

·         Use a chronological resume: ATS have the easiest time understanding and digesting chronological resumes, where employment dates can be tied to workplace skills

 

·         Graphics

·         Unusual fonts

·         Non-typical bullets

 

·         Repeat overlapping skills for each job (ATS add all the years of skill experience together)

 

·         Borders

·         Tables

 

·         Use nouns instead of verbs where possible (manager vs. managed)

 

·         PDFs

·         Update or re-submit a resume, as the more recent resumes get moved up.

 

–        Functional format

–  The resume scanner cannot pair the years worked with the skills

·         Use variations of titles/skills/programs, such as full names and acronyms:

o   i.e. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

·         Using paragraphs to describe skills/experiences.

o   Use instead use a bulleted list of skills or experiences

Find out more by attending our FREE “Mastering the Art Of Applying for Jobs Online” workshop. Register for the next session now!

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