Coastal Postings May 2017

May 2017:

220 job postings (162 via Career Link; 58 found elsewhere) for 321 positions on offer

There were 55 re-postings (included in numbers above)

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Doing great at a job you hate

By Melany Hallam

I once watched a news story about Alex Anthopoulos, the Toronto Blue Jays general manager from 2010-2015. I’m so not a sports fan, but I’ll always remember that story because this was a guy who started in the mail room as an unpaid intern and did such an amazing job at work he didn’t like that he was promoted to the general manager of a national baseball team within 10 years.



What I took away from that story were two things:

  • Anthopoulos was always looking for better ways to do his job – more efficient, less costly, etc – no matter what his work happened to be. No detail was too small. In the interview, he seemed to be intensely observant and present.
  • The time he saved by streamlining his job was spent learning and doing what he was really interested in – scouting players. He’d hang out with the scouts, make notes and generally act as if he was already a scout. He did so well acting as a free scout that he was moved into a scouting internship two years later and was then hired by the Blue Jays a year after that.

The rest, as they say, is history. The mail room volunteer is now the vice-president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What does this mean to you as a person looking for a summer job in Powell River?

From what I’ve seen, most of the jobs available for the summer are as servers, kitchen help, labourers or summer social or tourism sector assistants. For most of you, these won’t be your dream jobs. But so what? Why not do a great job anyway? Think of it as a challenge.

Maybe you’re getting run off your feet as a restaurant server and it’s just too exhausting. Try serving more customers on one run through your section – more orders, more water glass refills, more cleaning or tidying – and save time by not returning to the kitchen after every order. Is there a grumpy customer at one of your tables? Smile and be polite, or even make a quick joke. Happiness is infectious and it gets more tips, too.

You never know, your next customer might be the owner of a business where you’d like to work. And the better your work ethic at the restaurant, the more glowing you boss’ reference will be when you’re applying for your next job.

Any type of job can teach you how to be more efficient, to solve problems on the fly, to get along with co-workers, to accept criticism gracefully, to provide great customer service and to build your network. No one wants to hire a sulky person who’s an obvious slacker. You never know when an opportunity will come up and you need to be prepared and stay positive, no matter what your current job may be.

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New (FREE) Workshop: A Good Fit ~ Tailoring What You Bring to the Powell River Labour Market

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requirements for the local job opportunities?

Then “A Good Fit” workshop is for you.

  • Find out how to present your skillset to suit the local economy
  • Discover how to model your transferable skills to the new employers, seamlessly
  • Learn how to interpret Powell River’s Hidden Job Market to stitch-up your job search
  • Get advice on how to craft a winning resume and cover letter to reflect skills employers need

This FREE Workshop is open to all on Tuesday, May 23rd from 1 to 3:30 pm at Career Link. Seats limited – Registration required – Call 604-485-7958


Coastal Postings: April 2017

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In April 2017…
We had 93 job postings through Career Link and 29 found elsewhere = 122 total postings placed on our board
176 individual positions were offered.
We had 26 job re-postings

This is how the # of positions were distributed among the 122 postings:
Accommodations 27
Administration & Business Support 4
Agriculture 4
Construction 6
Education 21
Finance 1
Food services 27
Health care 18
Information/Culture 1
Manufacturing 8
Mining/Quarrying 4
Other services non-gov’t 14
Professional Services 1
Public Administration 8
Real Estate/Leasing 1
Recreation & Sports 5
Retail Trade 9
Social Assistance 14
Transportation 3

Interactive view:

Past Aprils (# of total job postings)
2017: 122 – re-posted: 26 = 96 new job postings in April
2016: 152 – re-posted: 48 = 104 new job postings in April
2015: 160 – re-posted: 40 = 120 new job postings in April
2014: 100 – re-posted: 25 = 75 new job postings in April
2013: 58 – re-posted: 18 = 40 new job postings in April
2012: 64 – re-posted: 24 = 40 new job postings in April
2011: 40 – re-posted: 1 = 39 new job postings in April
2010: 34 – re-posted: 10 = 24 new job postings in April
2009: 72 – re-posted: 35 = 37 new job postings in April
2008: 83- re-posted: 32 = 51 new job postings in April

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