WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Holiday hours at WorkBC Vancouver Midtown
Happy Holidays from WorkBC Vancouver Midtown! Please note that Midtown East and Midtown West Centres will be closed on December 27th, December 28th, and January 3rd. Aside from these dates, our Centres will remain open for in-person and online services during regular business hours as listed below:
Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Tuesday, Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Weekends/Stat Holidays – Closed
Monday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Weekends/Stat Holidays – Closed
Note that Midtown West will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st.
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New Podcast Episode: How Hospitality, Tourism, and Seasonal Work Can Kickstart Your Career
It’s not uncommon for job seekers to overlook opportunities in the hospitality, tourism and/or seasonal work industries, because they believe they’re not long-term, lack stability or are thankless in nature. But how true is this?
In this episode, we dispel some myths around working in these sectors, explore the advantages, the likelihood of it leading to permanent positions, what kinds of people these sectors are looking for, and the jobs that are available. Niki LaFemina, Director, Talent & Culture at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, joins us.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
New Workshop! Success Stories: How to get motivated and stand out from the crowd
Feeling stuck or unmotivated? Not getting any interviews? Not getting any job offers? This is the workshop for you! This course will help you collect, polish, and practice your past success stories so that you can greatly improve your job search and get the job you want.These stories can be used in your networking, cover letter, resume, interview, and even performance reviews once hired.
First offering will be on December 22nd from 2-3pm. Sign up here!
December Workshop Schedule
Click here to view this month's Workshop Calendar. If you have a Client Hub login, you can also RSVP (register) directly for most workshops.
No Client Hub account yet? Contact your Employment Specialist.
STAND OUT AND GET HIRED!
8 Dec 2021 | 12:30 PM to 2 PM
A virtual session to help you gain an advantage in the job market.
- Learn about effective job search strategies and best practices to get noticed by hiring managers
- Gain job application, networking, and personal branding tips
- Get a recruiters perspective for expert advice on how to land your dream job
Click here to register
IN PERSON HIRING FAIR - VARIOUS EMPLOYERS
9 Dec 2021 | 10:00 AM to 3 PM - pick a specific time in advance
Are you looking forward to connecting with employers in-person and getting hired before the holidays? WorkBC Richmond is pleased to connect job seekers with local employers for a day of engagement and networking at the December Hiring Fair. You might be able to get hired on the day. Employers in attendance include Alpine Services, Intercity Packers, Que Pasa Foods, and Menzies Aviation
Click here to register
WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
16 Dec 2021 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Are you a Permanent Resident interested in starting a small business? Want some support for producing an effective business plan? This workshop explores some of the most valuable resources to help participants produce a compelling business plan and get one step closer to small business success!
Please note that this workshop is intended for individuals currently residing in British Columbia, Canada.To join you will need a computer, tablet or phone with the app Zoom. A link and password to join the event will be sent to you by 5 p.m. the day before the workshop.
Click here to register.
11 Jan 2022 | 3 PM to 4:30 PM
#HireMe2022 is a series of live virtual events with all-star speakers from the top employers in BC and across Canada.
Every month, you can listen to HR managers, Vice Presidents, and CEOs of leading organizations speak about the job market. If you're a job candidate seeking a position, these events will help you gain an advantage over other candidates
Click here to register - free early bird tickets available now
ROBERT HALF INFORMATION SESSION
16 Jan 2022 | 10 AM to 11 AM
Learn about employment opportunities through recruitment firm Robert Half.
Click here to register.
FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Care Pathways is a free program that provides visible minority newcomer women with an alternative pathway to a career in the Senior Health Care sector. This program will provide training and support to succeed in entry-level jobs in senior care. Program benefits include:
- First Aid, Workplace Safety, Food Safety, WHMIS Certification
- Intercultural, Diversity and Inclusion Coaching
- Occupation-Based Essential Skills Training
- Occupation-Specific Language Coaching
- PAID work experience
- 3 months of one-on-one support during the work experience
- Up to 6 months of follow up support
- Transportation allowance during the work experience
The application process is ongoing; the next cohort begins on January 4th and will be offered virtually. Click here for more information and application/contact information.
If you are an adult with autism or another disability who wants to enter or return to the workforce, EmploymentWorks may be the program for you! EmploymentWorks offers employment preparedness training and learning experiences to help you build the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.
The next cohort runs online for 12 weeks and will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The program starts on January 11th. Click here for more information, including how to apply.
Encore Careers (55+)
Are you 55 or older and looking for an income? There’s a new program just for you! Encore
Careers takes an innovative approach that helps you identify and use your strengths in today’s labour market. Encore Careers is a government-funded employment program to assist people aged 55+ find sustainable employment or self-employment. Employment supports, skills training and much more is provided over 13 weeks.
For more information ask your Employment Specialist or click here.
Fully Funded Training at VCC
Three different tuition free trainings offered by Vancouver Community College!
Adminisrative Accounting and Bookkeeping - more info here
Material Handling 4.0 - more info here
Building Service Worker - more info here (hurry if interested, cohort starts December 6)
For help with applying, contact your Employment Specialist.
Heidi's story: "I hope my story can inspire you to keep moving forward and to never stop believing in yourself"
I was laid off and had been unemployed for a few weeks when I saw an ad online about WorkBC. I met my case manager, Jean Francois, at a time when I felt truly unmotivated. He never pushed me, but he would offer mini-challenges with practical step-by-step advice to help me slowly get back on my feet. He recommended some in-person courses at the centre, and introduced me to two or three other coaches who helped me understand my interests, polish my resume and cover letter, and explore different possibilities.
I attended numerous in-person workshops and 1:1 sessions to be able to present the best version of myself. I kept pushing myself to improve, and probably met and worked with everyone in the WorkBC Midtown West office. Eventually, I found a new job and was working for 7 months in a full-time role, but was laid off once again in April 2020.
I decided to take 12 months off to reset my priorities. I used this time to study online with some free resources such as Harvard X, as recommended by Jean Francois. Even if I took one or two courses at a time, I kept moving forward. I became more active on LinkedIn and started to look for full-time jobs once again.
In my career, there have been only two companies that really interested me. Over the years, they have always been on my radar. In the summer of 2021, I applied to a position for company #1 but didn't hear back until early September, when they invited me for a phone interview. In late September, I also applied to company #2 and was offered a casual position to fill in for a maternity leave. I thought, "Why not? This could open a lot of different opportunities for me." I began to support a VP as her executive assistant in a large healthcare company.
In mid-October, company #1 invited me to an interview and presented me with a job offer for a permanent, full-time position. I was transparent and told my current employer that I was planning to leave as I wanted a permanent job for security. My boss was disappointed but asked, "What if we could offer you something permanent?"
Fast forward two days later: HR connected me with another higher-up, who was so impressed with my skills that he offered to create a new position to bring me on his team. He offered me a permanent position with a promotion. I couldn't believe my luck and how much this company believes in me. If I never asked, I would not know how much my company values my contribution.
I would not be able to share such a success story if I didn't continue to move forward. Even in my darker days, I took baby steps and kept moving ahead. I am thankful for all the career coaches who have helped me. I hope my story can inspire you to keep moving forward and to never stop believing in yourself.
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