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Register as an attendee for this Thursday's reTrain Event at the Ramada Inn in Edmonton.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/retrainnow-fair-tickets-32935805882

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Dear Working Wise:
I’ve been looking for a job now for six months, but no one in my industry seems to be hiring. I’d like to see what else is out there, but I don’t know where to look. Is there any help for people who want to switch careers or at least check out their options? Signed Ready For Change

Dear Ready:

Career planning is the surest way to get you where you want to go. Exploring your interests, taking inventory of your transferable skills and experience, and researching future labour market trends can help you find the right career.

The CAREERinsite website (careerinsite.alberta.ca) is a one-stop online career planning resource. CAREERinsite can help you get to Know Yourself, Explore Your Options, Get Ready, and Take Action.

If you would prefer to talk to a career advisor, you can call the toll-free Career Information Hotline at 1-800-661-3753 (780-422-4266 in Edmonton).

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can use the Occinfo.alis.alberta.ca database to research your shortlist of careers. OccInfo has more than 500 occupational profiles. Each career profile includes key information, including wages, required training, working conditions and the hiring outlook.

You might also want to take in some of the more than 100 Alberta Works Week events that are happening across the province from April 24 to 28, 2017.

Dozens of job fairs, job-search workshops and career-planning sessions are being held during Alberta Works Week to help Albertans achieve their career goals.

Alberta Works Week is a great opportunity to revisit your career plans and make sure you’re still on track. It’s also an opportunity to discover all of the career and job search services that are available in your community.

Even if you have already met your career goal, what we want from our jobs tends to shift as we age, start families or near retirement.

You can discover the Alberta Works Week events happening near you by visiting alis.alberta.ca/aww.

You can also visit your nearest Alberta Works or Alberta Supports Centre any time of the year to use the career resources or talk to a Career and Employment Consultant.

Career and Employment Consultants can help you with your job search, including connecting you with free workshops on searching for a new job, writing your resumé, and preparing for job interviews.
They can also show you the handy job-search tools that are available in Alberta Works and Alberta Supports Centres located across the province, including:
• Job fairs
• Job postings
• Employment consultations
• Job market forecasts/trends/statistics
• Resumé and job-interview workshops
• Information on careers and training options
• Job-search tools, including computers and photocopiers

There are more than 50 Alberta Works and Alberta Supports Centres located across the province. To find the centre nearest you, click humanservices.alberta.ca/offices.

Good Luck!

Do you have a work-related question? Send your questions to Working Wise, at charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca. Charles Strachey is a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services. This column is provided for general information.

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Domo is hiring Shift Supervisors in the Edmonton and surrounding area!
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There are plenty of CareGiver type positions available for qualified candidates in the Edmonton and surrounding area.

http://myjobfinder.ca/search-results-jobs/?searchId=1492476957.51&action=search&page=1&view=list
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Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Easter Long Weekend.
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Dear Working Wise:
I am considering volunteering for a local non-profit board. Is this something that can help boost my career? Should I inform my employer before I agree? Signed, Near Volunteer.

Dear Near Volunteer:

It’s probably a good idea to tell your employer about the volunteer role. There may be conflicts of interest between your work and volunteer roles. Your employer may also be pleasantly surprised and excited about the new contacts and skills that you will develop.

Volunteering is a great way to refine your work-related skills and learn new skills. Members of community boards are often called on for a variety of executive duties—giving you the chance to stretch your abilities and increase your experience.

Volunteering also offers you the chance to make business contacts and raise the profile of your organization. You may learn new technical skills and develop transferable people skills necessary for career success. Some non-profit organizations will even cover some of the cost of specialized training for board members or volunteers, which in turn may benefit your employer.

And. giving back to your community may increase your job satisfaction. People tend to feel better about their jobs when they feel better about their lives.

For all these reasons, volunteering can actually make you a more valuable employee to your current employer.

However, before you accept your new role, you should find out:
1. How much time are they asking for?
2. What is your job description? Is it a good fit?
3. What are your legal liabilities as a volunteer?
4. Do they want you to ask your employer for donations?
5. Are there any potential conflicts of interest with your work?
6. Do they want you to speak publicly on behalf of the organization?
7. Will your volunteer role require your attention during working hours? If so, how much time? How often? How much notice will you be given that you need to take time off work?
8. How will volunteering affect your job if you need to take time off? Will your pay be deducted? Will you be able to make up the time in some other way?
9. How will volunteering affect your standing at work? Will it hurt your prospects for advancement, raises or interesting projects?
10. What happens if you get hurt at your volunteer job? How will that affect your paid job?
11. Has a safety and hazard assessment been done for this role? Are there safe work practices to follow?

Checking with your employer first and being prepared to answer these kinds of questions will reassure your employer that you have thought this through and have your employer’s needs and interests in mind.

Maintain an open dialogue with your employer about your volunteer activities. Keeping the lines of communication open will ensure your employer is supportive of your involvement and is aware of the kinds of new skills and experiences that you are bringing back with you to work. Your first responsibility is to your employer, so particularly if the volunteering means taking time off work, your employer’s agreement and support is critical.

For more tips on volunteering and how it can help enhance your career, read the tip sheets on the ALIS website at alis.alberta.ca:
• Volunteer: 6 Ways Volunteering Can Boost Your Career
• Volunteer: Invest in Your Career

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, 2017. For more information on volunteering and National Volunteer Week, visit volunteer.ca

Do you have a work-related question? Send your questions to Working Wise, at charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca. Charles Strachey is a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services. This column is provided for general information.

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We are currently sponsoring the reTrain event and we would like to see you and your friends that are looking for NEW careers.
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Get everything you need for Easter at the ACUA Ukrainian Easter Market in Edmonton on April 8th, from 10am to 4pm.

https://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/schedule_festivals_events/events-calendar.aspx#/?i=5

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M.A.P. is hiring for the upcoming construction season. See available positions in the ad below. Tell them MyJobFinder sent you!
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Dear Working Wise:
How important is social media in job searches today? Do employers even look? Signed, Skeptical

Dear Skeptical:

Every employer and industry is different, but surveys show that many organizations are using social media to find and evaluate employees.

The Jobvite 2015 Recruiter Nation Survey found that 92 per cent of the 1,400+ recruiters they surveyed use social media to recruit new staff. And, 78 per cent of them said they find their best candidates through social and professional networks.

CareerBuilder.com’s 2016 Social Media Recruitment Survey found that 60 per cent of the 2,000+ hiring managers surveyed said they are using social networking sites to research candidates.

You might be tempted to delete your online presence so they don’t find anything negative, but 41 per cent of respondents to the CareerBuilder survey said they are less likely to interview a candidate if they can’t find anything about the person online.

Obviously, you want your social media channels to be free of embarrassing and controversial content like: provocative photos, excessive drinking or drug use, discriminatory comments, criticism of current/past employers or co-workers, or poor grammar/spelling.

More interesting is that recruiters told CareerBuilder that they like seeing social media content that:
• Conveys a professional image;
• Reinforces your job qualifications;
• Demonstrates you have strong communication skills;
• Shows your personality will fit in well with their corporate culture;
• Shows that you are a well-rounded person with a variety of interests.

If you want to know where to focus your energy, Linked, Facebook and Twitter remain the top-three social media channels searched by recruiters according to the JobVite survey.

Don’t let a poor social-media profile cost you your next job opportunity. Use these tips to start using social media to your advantage:
• Google yourself and scan your social media for compromising content and remove it;
• Separate your personal and professional social media lives into using different pages, groups or circles;
• Use privacy settings to limit access to your personal channels;
• Avoid blogs and forums about controversial topics like politics or religion. Use an alias if you can’t resist participating;
• Create a Linked-In profile and start connecting with professional colleagues that you already know. Be sure your profile is consistent with your resumé. Endorse your contacts’ skills and they will likely endorse you.
• Participate—social media is about interaction. Follow professional blogs, join industry groups/circles on your social media sites and contribute opinions, interesting articles, news, trends, etc.;
• Post projects you’re proud of and link your social media profile to the web pages or YouTube channels of groups, teams or projects that you are involved in; and
• Follow your local Alberta Works (http://bit.ly/VrqyIs) social media channel to get the latest job postings and job fair news.

More social media tips are available on the ALIS website at alis.alberta.ca, including:
• Manage Your Social Media Identity
• Using Social Media for Work Search

Good luck!

Do you have a work-related question? Send your questions to Working Wise, at charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca. Charles Strachey is a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services. This column is provided for general information.

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