Beginning January 1, 2018, annual bus passes will be available to people on disability assistance through a new transportation supplement.
Persons with Disabilities (PWD designation) can use the new supplement for an annual bus pass or for other transportation needs, such as HandyDART.
The supplement will also provide flexibility. People can apply for the B.C. Bus Pass at any time during the year. They can also cancel their bus pass at any time and use the supplement for other transportation costs.
The new supplement responds to requests from the disability community to fix changes that were made to transportation supports for people on disability assistance. Government committed to addressing their concerns and consulted with stakeholders on the best approach.
The transportation supplement is $52 per month and will be on monthly assistance payments, starting with the Dec. 20, 2017, payment.
The B.C. Bus Pass can be used in both TransLink and BC Transit areas.
- Before you apply, research the workplace you are requesting to join:
- Who are the main players there (search them out on social media but do not contact them that way)?
- What do they produce? Who are their clients?
- What does the future look like for them?
- Drop by their location/ offices/ shop/ factory and get an idea what goes on there.
- What do their website and social media reveal?
- Can you visualize working there (why/why not)? (take notes!)
- Most importantly, do you have anything to offer them now or in the future? Brainstorm on ways you think they can increase their success, and keep these in your pocket for an interview situation, taking notes.
- Keep your resume down to 1 or 2 pages (never more than 2)
- Keep your font legible: use the fonts Calibri or Arial; avoid italicization but do use bold and underline
- Keep your work experience list within the last 10 years
- Choose the best resume format for the job – if you have performed similar tasks among most of your job history and are applying for a similar job, use the Functional style: i.e. list all your acquired skills in a list near the top of page 1 , then keep your employment history simpler by providing (in order of most recent to least recent) your job title(s), the company you worked for (and location), dates you worked from-to (month/year) in chronological order starting with the most recent on top, usually.
- Make absolutely sure there are no typos or grammar errors (have your resume and cover letter proofed by 2 different trustworthy people + yourself)
- Then- target the job you’re applying for: always refer to the items listed in the job ad or posting, while using similar or even exact wording — especially if you are applying via ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to create a skills-match between you and the job you are seeking to fill.
- If you are currently working, explain why you are applying for this job in your cover letter.
- Include enough information at the top of page 1 that displays the type of work and duties you can do! Show your accomplishments – whether in education, on the job, volunteering and recreational is this can create a positive impact! Keep it relevant to the overall ‘picture’ of yourself that you are presenting.
- Make sure you have no recent employment gaps (or explain gaps in your cover letter).
- If you are an out-of-town applicant, include a local address if possible, and address your relocation hopes/plans in your cover letter.
- Colour or shading, use of a bold font, blank space on the page, and endorsements are all important. Even video (in addition to a cover letter and resume) can be a nice touch, as can a professional head shot, and link to a portfolio website (again, if it is standard in your industry).
- Make sure your social media is up to inspection (73% of employers always check candidates’ social media) – remove questionable material from the web that is linked you your name.
- Make sure your email address is professional-looking (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org is not appropriate).
- Show personality but also include keywords from the posting; the style of the resume should reflect how you would approach your work and must also reflect the type of work you hope to accomplish with the employer (so, if you hope to be a designer at a company, your resume will look very different from a truck driver’s resume).
- Include volunteer activities, interests and hobbies; these become great talking points during an interview and can make you interesting enough to merit an interview at all.
- Produce a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat) for your resume when you send it via email or via website uploads. PDFs are readable on all devices, and they maintain the original formatting/font/layout of your original file.
- Once you have a great resume, also include a signed cover letter to personalize it further- this is where you specifically mention the job title/code for which you are applying, and where your personality really comes through and allows you to link your interests, skills, plans for the future, education and work history to the position for which you are applying.
- Use a formal style for your cover letter, researching the name of the person who will be reviewing your resume (if possible), dating the letter, signing it at bottom and expressing how they should best contact you for an interview or informational session.
Of course, a Career Counsellor would be very happy to review your resume and job plan with you if you are eligible. Give us a call at 604.485.7958 or drop by Career Link Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM at #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC.
Alternately, Career Link offers a FREE Resume Workshop every Thursday from 12:30pm-3:30pm. Registration is required; please click here or give us a call.
October 2017: 137 (73 via Career Link, 64 elsewhere) – 24 re-posted = 113 new job postings. Total # of individual jobs posted in Oct 2017: 182
Job postings from… Octobers past
Oct 2016: 81 (56 via career link, 25 elsewhere)- 17 re-posted = 64 new job postings
Oct 2015: 101(72 via Career Link, 29 elsewhere) – 30 re-posted = 71 new job postings
Oct 2014: 88 (72 via Career Link; 16 elsewhere) – 37 re-posted = 51 new job postings
Oct 2013: 39 (35 via Career Link; 4 elsewhere) – 17 re-posted = 22 new job postings
Oct 2012: 40 – 7 re-posted = 33 new job postings
Oct 2011: 39 – 13 re-posted = 26 new job postings
Oct 2010: 25 – 2 re-posted = 23 new job postings
Oct 2009: 27 – 10 re-posted = 17 new job postings
Oct 2008: 41- 13 re-posted = 28 new job postings
The links below are from a CBC Podcast series about the predicted the long-term, and short-term, future of work. It’s a three part series, with each podcast being about an hour long. You can listen on the CBC website, or you can listen with your favourite podcast phone app (the Podcast series is CBC Ideas).
The first episode is on AI and Robotics in the workplace, the second episode is on the Gig Economy, and the third episode looks at the impacts of a world with less work.
The Further Reading and Related Website links at the bottom of each CBC webpage have great content as well.
We especially liked the Youtube video: International Labour Organization’s Conference: The Future of Work We Want
CBC’s the Future of Work:
Part 1: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/artificial-intelligence-robots-and-the-future-of-work-1.4286200
Part 2: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/platform-capitalism-digital-technology-and-the-future-of-work-1.4297369
Park 3: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/less-work-and-more-leisure-utopian-visions-and-the-future-of-work-1.4306410
Couldn’t make it the Powell River Public Library talk by Catalyst Paper on September 26th? Our own Rob Hughes was there and here are some notes he gleaned for us!
- Starting Oct 10 applicants will be required to create an online profile (see www.catalystpaper.com)
- Drop an updated resume to the gate every 3-4 months
- Every February Powell River’s Catalyst Paper starts hiring for about 40 people for the annual Spring Shutdown that is 2 weeks long
- Catalyst tends to hire most of the Shutdown staff into full time positions in the mill.
Skillsets Catalyst is seeking now:
- They are really looking for transportation certifications, so focus resume on these – Air Brakes(highest priority) Class 3, HEO, etc.
- New hires join the Labour relief pool and work full time hours until they post into an available position in a department of their choosing
- There is “more than enough work” to keep the relief pool staff full time hours
- Training wage is 70% of starting rate of $25.79 increasing by 10% over 2 yrs
- Trades people start at their industry standard pay rate
- Shifts for Administration, Stores, Lab and related support positions are Monday to Friday, from 7am-3pm and Trades and Paper-making departments work 10 TO 12 hour shifts, 2 days + 2 nights and 4 days off
- In Powell River, Catalyst Paper produces: Wax paper, freezer paper, butcher paper, paper bags, and paper towels