November is Canada Career Month and the theme is “What’s Next?” The Employment Journey on PEI asked the Construction Association of PEI what’s next for them.
“The shortage of skilled labour is a huge concern,” says Sam Sanderson, Executive Director of Construction Association of PEI. “Retirement is a factor now and for the next 10 years. Many of our members are looking for skilled workers and are advertising jobs on the WorkPEI website.
“Our latest recruitment and retention campaign is called www.IslandBuilder.ca.
We will promote this website this fall through radio, newspaper and social media.
Networking in the trades
“Face-to-face contact between job seekers and employers is very helpful when looking for work,” Sam says. “I talked to one fellow who wasn’t having success sending resumés to companies, so I suggested he meet employers in person. After networking for three days, he found work for the summer as a Project Manager.”
“Not everyone likes receiving phone calls and emails,” says Sam. “They like people to come in, shake their hand, and introduce themselves. It shows initiative.”
He suggests limiting the meeting to three to seven minutes. The job seeker gives the employer their resumé, speaks of their interest and experience in the trade, knowledge of the company, and community involvement.
Construction jobs difficult to fill
- Flooring Installers
- Managers/Site Supervisors
- Red Seal Carpenters
For more information on the Construction Association of PEI, call 902-368-3303 or visit www.capei.ca.
Canada Career Month 2017 is an initiative of the Canadian Council for Career Development.
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For Canada Career Month events on PEI, check out the Upcoming Events section at www.employmentjourney.com.