Autumn's magnificent gifts are all around us. It's not surprising a great number of people we see in our centre are newcomers who have decided to make Oceanside their home. It is a growing trend over the past few years. Here are a few questions newcomer’s frequently ask:
Q. I've sent out dozens of resumes since I moved here in May, and I haven't had one call for an interview. Are the employers here biased against applicants from other provinces?
A. Absolutely not! Many of our clients from out of the area have successfully found work here. Employers welcome the skills and experience of these individuals. Most importantly, they want someone who is a good fit. There could be several reasons for the lack of response. Have you had a career professional in this area review your cover letter and resume? The style you used in the past may not work for your job search here and now. Have you researched the companies before writing the cover letter so you can catch the employer's attention? Are the skills you highlight transferable to the type of business you are applying to? Can the employer easily see the value you would bring to the company? Employers value people who can describe their ability to save time and money or increase the organization's “bottom line.” Companies are hiring now, so if you aren't getting interviews it's time to change your resume and cover letter.
Q. Many of the jobs here are part-time or casual, and I want full-time work. What should I do?
A. Do your best to get an interview and see what happens. Sometimes employers hire staff on a part-time or casual basis to start. They know they need to fill a position, but they may not be clear on what they really need. Your job as a potential employee is to convince the employer you will contribute to the objectives of the organization. Then, when you start the job, demonstrate the unique strengths you bring. We have countless stories of people who have started this way, and before they know it, they are working more hours. Consider it your opportunity to show your dedication, work ethic, new approaches, creative problem solving, or your unique skills.
Q. My family is advising me to take training to work as a care-aid because there are so many seniors here. Should I do that?
A. Yes, but only if you are clear about the duties of that job, you sincerely enjoy the type of work, and you can work through the process of being a student. However, if you don't like the duties of the job, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. This is setting yourself up for disappointment. We strive to support our clients to find work that is both interesting and satisfying. The labour market needs people who thrive in “helping” occupations and people who thrive in many other occupations. Stay focused on your goal. Let us help you find the right job for you.
Submitted by: Janet Kimmel, Career Centre, Parksville