At some point during your job search you will need to provide references. A reference is someone who can vouch for the skills and experience you say you have on your resume. Most employers will check references. It’s good to line up your references when you start your job search. That means calling the person you want to use as a reference and asking their permission to use their name and contact information.
As we begin 2019 it’s common to hear talk of New Year’s resolutions. But do you make resolutions about your career each year? Maybe this is something you should consider.
Updating your career goal isn’t something only the unemployed should consider. It could involve looking for new work, but it can just as easily mean looking at a promotion or a new opportunity within the same company. If you take part in an annual performance appraisal you may be asked about your future career aspirations.
With the holidays approaching thoughts turn to giving and spending time with loved ones. You might think about donating some time to a worthy cause.
But did you know that volunteering is also a good job search activity?
Volunteering is a great way to add current experience to your resume or show your commitment to the community. There are lots of charities and non-profit agencies in our community looking for extra help, not only this time of year but all year round.
So you have decided it’s time to find a new job and you need to develop a resume. Where do you start?
Firstly, it’s important to have a career goal or position in mind when you develop your resume. A generic resume is a great start but not likely to get you much notice when you are competing with others.
A new publication aims to help persons with disabilities achieve their full employment potential and serves as a resource for business owners interested in making their operation more inclusive.
It has been three years since Ryan Oliver left Pangnirtung on the east side of Baffin Island, where summer temperatures range from five to 15 degrees Celsius and winter can be -50 Celsius with wind chill.
Oliver had lived in this Nunavut village of 1,400 people for nine years. But given the costs of doing business in the north he thought it was time to bring his family — and his entrepreneurial idea — home to Lindsay.
Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.
Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.
“They seem to think highly of themselves.”
“They have a ‘baby-on-board’ protected mentality.”
“They’re always connected to their phones.”
The above was actual employer feedback from a large area employer about the young people sent to Victoria County Career Services (VCCS). It wasn’t the only business feedback.
- “Expect to move into the same job someone else has had for years.”
- “They question everything.”
- “They have less patience” for repetitive tasks, if the tasks aren’t meaningful.
- “They have an expectation to be paid well.”
- “They don’t like authoritarian style” of employers.
- “They’re needy.”
The leader of one of Lindsay’s key employment agencies, Carol Timlin of Victoria County Career Services (VCCS), says the basic income pilot is a fantastic opportunity for Lindsay.
Executive Director Carol Timlin says part of their role at VCCS is to show people how to leverage the skills they have, and to steer them toward picking up new skills. She says that should become easier with a basic income as a financial floor to draw upon when necessary.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m pleased the pilot is here,” Timlin tells The Lindsay Advocate.