Social Media for Job Search — FREE Workshop Tues Feb 1!

Social-Media-and-the-job-searchCareer Link we be putting on its second Social Media for Success workshop on Tuesday,  February 2nd, from 1pm-4pm.  There was a lot of positive feedback last time this workshop was held in September, and we’re  hoping to have a full class and lots of group discussion.

I thought I would provide an overview of what is discussed in the workshop!

Here are the workshop objectives:

  • To leverage social media to improve job search success
  • To understand online presence and its impact on job search
  • To assist job seekers with setting up a Linked-in Account (if wanted)

Here are some topics and activities we cover:

  • Social Media – How is it defined?  What are examples? Impacts on our personal life? Impacts on Job Search?
  • Employers and Social Media – Are employers using social media? How are they using social it? What are they looking for?
  • Online Presence – What does that mean? Public vs private information?  Is making social media the right choice for you?
  • Google Ourselves – We take some time to search for our own names, and see what kind of information we find
  • Job Seekers and Social Media – How can you leverage social media for job search?  What sites could you use?
  • A look at various social medias – Linked-in, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, Youtube, Pinterest, etc.
  • Setup a Linked-in Profile – The last hour is mostly focused on Linked-in, and clients can opt-in or opt-out of making a profile


Visit Career Link (#103, 4511 Marine Ave) call us at 604.485.7958 or sign up online!

Site C Business-to-Business Networking Sessions and Job Fairs Coming to Northern Communities

This artist rendering shows the camp that will eventually house up to 2,200 workers on the Site C Dam construction project. (BC Hydro)
This artist rendering shows the camp that will eventually house up to 2,200 workers on the Site C Dam construction project. (BC Hydro)

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FORT ST. JOHN – The BC Chamber of Commerce and BC Hydro are holding business-to-business networking sessions in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Prince George and Quesnel that will provide an opportunity for businesses from local, regional and Aboriginal communities to meet with the main civil works contractor for the Site C Clean Energy Project.

“Now that BC Hydro has awarded the main civil works contract, there are going to be significant opportunities for local, regional and Aboriginal businesses and workers in the region,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines. “The business networking sessions are the first opportunity for local businesses to meet with the main civil works contractor team and build relationships. These business networking events, and the upcoming job fairs, will help us ensure that B.C. companies and B.C. workers are first in line for opportunities with the Site C project.”

The sessions will take place in January and early February and will allow businesses to connect with Peace River Hydro Partners, a partnership between ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc., Petrowest Corporation and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.

“The business networking sessions and upcoming job fairs are an excellent opportunity for local and Aboriginal businesses and workers to meet with Peace River Hydro Partners to explore opportunities,” said Chris O’Riley, Deputy CEO, BC Hydro. “Our contractor has made a commitment to providing employment and business opportunities locally and in the region, and we are pleased to help facilitate this through the networking sessions and job fairs.”

“Our partnership is proud to be working in the Peace Region. The business networking sessions will provide our team with the chance to build business relationships in northern BC and maximize the economic opportunity for local and regional businesses,” said Rick Quigley, Peace River Hydro Partners.

“BC Hydro has committed to providing economic benefits for northern communities and aboriginal groups. We know that businesses in the Peace region are ready and waiting for this opportunity, and Site C’s positive impact will be felt by our members province-wide,” said Jon Garson, President and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce.

This will be the fourth round of business networking sessions that BC Hydro has organized for the Site C Project. Events were held in 2014 with the shortlisted proponent teams for the worker accommodation contract and the main civil works contract. In October 2015, business networking sessions were held with the worker accommodation and site preparation contractors and were attended by over 200 businesses.

Job Fairs: February/March 2016
BC Hydro and Peace River Hydro Partners are also hosting or participating in job fairs in late February and early March in the communities of Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Prince George, Quesnel, Fort Nelson and Mackenzie. The job fairs will provide an opportunity for job seekers to meet with Peace River Hydro Partners and other Site C contractors. Business representatives from the Peace River Hydro Partners team will be available to meet with local businesses in Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, Mackenzie and Fort Nelson as part of the job fairs.

Dates and times for the job fairs will be announced shortly.

Schedule: business-to-business networking sessions
Registration is required for business networking sessions. Attendees can register at

Community Dates Times Location
Fort St. John Monday, January 25 Session one: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Session two: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Ralph Pomeroy Room
Pomeroy Hotel
11308 Alaska Road
Dawson Creek Tuesday, January 26 Session one: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Session two: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

George Dawson Inn
11705 8th Street
Chetwynd Wednesday, January 27  Session: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Cottonwood Room
Chetwynd & District Rec Centre
4552 North Access Road
Prince George Tuesday, February 2 Session one: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Session two: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Coast Inn of the North
770 Brunswick Street
Quesnel Wednesday,  February 3 Session one: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Session two: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Main Hall
Quesnel Senior Centre
461 Carson Avenue

Media inquiries
Tel: 604 928 6468

New 2016 Census Jobs


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Out-of-work Canadians may want to hit up Statistics Canada for a temp job this month, as the data agency is looking to hire 35,000 people for this year’s census.

Of those jobs, 1,400 will be at StatsCan’s census operations centers in Ottawa and Gatineau, the agency said on its website. The remaining jobs, mostly for census-takers, will be located across the entire country.

The census jobs will begin their tenures in April or May. But StatsCan is also planning to hold early enumeration in some rural parts of the country, and those jobs have to be in place by February. The agency is offering a pay rate of $16.31 to $19.91 per hour.

Not A ‘Survey’ Anymore

Notably, the notification on the StatsCan site doesn’t refer to a “survey,” but rather a “census.”

The previous Harper government scrapped the twice-a-decade mandatory census in favour of a voluntary national household survey, but the new Trudeau government undid that change in November.

Many statisticians argued the voluntary survey provided lower-quality data that was not comparable with the higher-quality data from earlier censuses. In some communities, the response rate to the voluntary survey was so low that no data exists on these locations from the 2011 survey.

“We need good, reliable data,” Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said last fall when announcing the return of the census.


Boost To Employment

If nothing else, the hiring of 35,000 temporary workers will give Canada an employment boost at a time when hiring has been lacklustre, and unemployment has been rising in oil-producing provinces.

Last fall’s election had a similar effect. Much of the improvement in job conditions seen in the third quarter of 2014 was attributed to temporary election hiring.

Source of article: The Huffington Post

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