Career opportunities on PEI in 36 sector/industries – 2017-18
During the past year The Employment Journey covered many articles on the following sectors/industries and gained valuable information about the employment opportunities that exist on PEI.
Read about all of the career options that exist in each Sector/Industry on PEI.
Aerospace, Marine & Defence
There have been some changes with this sector over this past year, and opportunities still very much exist with the right training. We have been able to stay updated as a result of our relationship with Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association.
“Employment opportunities are excellent right now,” says Kevin McGee, Human Development Coordinator for Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA, PEI). “A number of companies across the province are hiring.”
“PEI aerospace employers are recruiting for CNC Machinist, Technician, Engineer, Controller, specialty positions (PLC Programmer, PVD Engineer), Project Manager, and Management. One way to enter the aerospace field is to enroll in the Holland College Gas Turbine Engine Repair & Overhaul Technician program.
“The most demand in this industry is for skilled CNC Machinists. Holland College offers a Precision Machinist program, which is a great start.”
To explore opportunities in this field, Kevin can set up industry job shadowing experiences, company tours, and Holland College program tours. “I can also help by suggesting other related careers that exist in the industry.”
To explore Aerospace, Marine & Defence further, click here.
With the Food Island Partnership and other events and initiatives of the Agriculture Sector Council, we had a great year of coverage. Farm labourers are in high demand and the Farm Technician Apprenticeship program is a great way to increase your skills and possible wage level in this sector.
Comments from employers and others in the sector/ industry
- “Good tractor operators seem to be in short supply. We look for people who are comfortable with a wide range of equipment, from forklifts to tractors, and have their Class 3 license. It’s an asset if they can do basic equipment maintenance as well.”
- “Hiring is on-going, mainly entry-level processing and grading positions during the winter months. In the past, experienced truck drivers have been more difficult to find.”
- “Ten years ago, the industry was struggling with a labour shortage of 30,000 workers across Canada. Now that shortage has doubled to 59,000,” says Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, Executive Director, Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council. “When we talk to farmers across Canada about their plans, we see that shortages of Canadian workers will double again to 114,000 in the next decade,” says Portia. “The general Canadian job vacancy rate is about 1.8 percent, but in agriculture, it is seven percent. This issue will only get worse.
The Agriculture Sector Council also offers employment services for part of the year, to match employers with job seekers. For more information, click here.
To explore opportunities in Agriculture, click here.
It was brought to our attention of the need to make people aware of the wide-variety of job options in this industry that have good potential, with year-round employment and advancement opportunities.
In 2015, there were 574 full-time and 22 part-time jobs in this sector. We wrote about the career choices and that it’s not only about selling and fixing cars – you can be a Chief Financial Officer or General Manager or work in marketing or human resources, for example – its big business.
Some employer’s comments
- Middle management positions are difficult to fill. “We had a hard time hiring a Service Manager because it’s a specific skill set: car repair, people management, and understanding gross profits and percentages, hours worked and hours billed.”
- “Dealerships are always competing to find repair technicians with a high level of training and skill set. They are highly sought after.”
- Good salespeople are always hard to find. It is a changing industry and typically 100 percent commission based.
- “Highly skilled Technicians and Sales people are hard to find.”
To explore Automotive Dealerships further, click here.
Auto Service & Small & Heavy Equipment Repair
We were able to speak with some companies that provided great insight into the many career opportunities in this field. Automobile and especially heavy equipment mechanics are in demand.
As a result of the short supply of heavy equipment mechanics, some companies are willing to train on the job and apprentice those showing a strong interest and ability. This year, some employers did some work to start the process of having Heavy Equipment Mechanic training on PEI.
One employer’s comments
- “It’s not hard finding someone who wants to work in a shop, but it’s more challenging finding a licensed automotive technician with years of experience who can work without supervision. It’s nice to give a work order to someone knowing it will be done right without having to check their work.”
To read about companies who provide great careers in these trades, click here.
In Bioscience the Employment Journey featured announcements especially of expanding companies, and followed up on companies we covered in the year prior. We also keep a close eye on the activities of the PEI BioAlliance. We were able to profile the many careers and steps people take in the industry.
PEI’s 47 bioscience companies have over $200 million in export sales. The sector has added almost 1,000 jobs over the past decade, and currently employs over 1,400 people. Since 2005, the Biotechnology industry on PEI has more than tripled.
The PEI BioAlliance has announced an industry development strategy that expects revenues to double and 500 new jobs to be added by 2020. Bioscience has been known as a sector that provides employment for a wide range of qualifications from entry level to PhD.
Sekisui Diagnostics is a strong example of an international bioscience firm with locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and in the West Royalty Industrial Park in Charlottetown.
Sekisui’s Charlottetown operation is one of its largest, producing clinical chemistry products used in hospitals and clinics globally. We are seeing many job postings requiring high level skills sets to entry level jobs such as packaging. This company provides very good benefit packages as well.
To explore more information about Bioscience companies, click here.
Construction- Residential/Commercial/Road & Bridge
Trades/Construction/Road Building received a high amount of coverage in The Employment Journey because of the demand for tradespeople. Most jobs are full-time, year-round with the exception of some of the crew who work in road and bridge construction.
Trades are starting to see retirement take place and these jobs need to be filled immediately. Most recently, a news release from the provincial government shed light on the great opportunities that exist in these trades. The PEI construction sector has immediate needs for 500-750 workers.
“The aging of the population is affecting the number of construction workers required,” says Sam Sanderson, General Manager of the Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI). “The shortage of skilled tradespeople regionally and nationally is becoming a serious issue.”
Carpenters, Project Managers, Estimators, Site Supervisors, Electricians, and Floor Installers are in demand. Qualified Heavy Equipment Operators are also difficult position to fill.
Sam would be a great speaker to visit groups and explain the trades options in more detail. Also, Janet O’Donnell coordinates the Youth in Trades programs, which offers classroom and on-the-job opportunities to explore the trade that suits each youth best and have a chance to be hired full-time in a trade. Janet’s contact information, click here.
“Qualified Heavy Equipment Operators are the most difficult position to fill,” says Joe Murphy, Executive Director, PEI Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association. “Many of the older operators who have been there for years are beginning to retire.
“Many companies both large and small are looking for Estimators,” says Todd MacEwen, Executive Director, Canadian Home Builders Association – PEI. “It requires a specific skillset: good math skills, product awareness, time and cost analysis, and awareness of building codes.”
To explore these trades further, visit:
Areas in Culture:
- Crafts and Design
- Live Performing Arts
- Film, TV and Media Arts Production
- Interactive Media
- Visual Arts
- Music and Sound Recording
- Museums, Archives, Libraries, & Heritage
- Writing and Publishing
Jobs maybe seasonal in nature and self-employment is high in this sector. Mark Sandiford is a great contact for us as we promote opportunities in this sector, and he loves to get out there and speak to groups about their options. There are also training programs taking place that we have been promoting as a great gateway for people to enter good careers, such as Theartre Production Mentorship training.
To explore Cultural careers further, click here.
Early Childhood Education
Across PEI, licensed child care centres offer half-day and full-day programs, as well as after school programs, drop-in play centres, and family resource centres. There are 43 centers designated through the province of Prince Edward Island as Early Years Centres.
“When including the places offering programs and services to school-aged children up to age 12, the number of licensed centres is about 147,” says Sonya Hooper, Executive Director, Early Childhood Development Association of PEI.
“Bilingual centres require educators to speak French and to have an early childhood diploma. It’s a challenge to fill these positions,” says Sonya Hooper.
“Hiring staff is often a challenge for rural centres, and Island wide before and after school programs struggle to find and retain staff.”
“Licensed school age centres are also struggling to hire staff. This is a great position, typically part-time, for anyone interested in supporting school aged children to have some fun after school or perhaps with some homework or developing social skills.
“If you are looking to re-enter the workforce on a full-time or part-time basis, we would be happy to provide more information on these exciting positions.”
To further explore careers in Early Childhood Education, click here.
This industry has so much promise and opportunity. In particular, the Employment Journey provided information on banking, insurance, and accounting.
We are seeing more opportunities with insurance companies, banks, and investment agencies such as Invesco. They seem to take into consideration transferable skills such as money management and customer services.
Some finance job titles:
- Insurance Adjuster
- Financial Clerk
- Financial and Investment Analyst
For more information and Finance opportunities, click here.
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Working in fish processing plants across the Island offers more months of work than back five years ago. They mostly operate from May until December. Work in mussel plants is mainly year-round and can offer benefits.
For the first time, The Employment Journey featured Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Catch Certification Program Operations Centre in Tignish. It was an indication of retirements starting to open positions within government. The centre was creating a casual list, which is a way to be able to apply for internal jobs. The background required, to be on the casual list, was not extensive. Being on the casual list is a great way to get your foot in the door. For more information, click here.
This year this sector has seen a lot of attention and support, which we were able to capture and promote. This sector has ties in many other sectors such as agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries, which there are jobs in demand.
Some jobs in demand:
- Meat Cutters
- Power Engineers
- Heavy equipment operators and mechanics
- Truck Drivers
Some employer’s comments:
- “There is always a need for labourer positions in various plant production areas.”
- “Mussel stripping is the most difficult job to fill. The wage is higher for mussel stripping than for working on the production line, because it’s more labour intensive than other entry-level positions.”
The Food Processing sector/industry also saw some start-up businesses which we promoted while in their Research & Development and commercial stages. To explore the companies further, click here.
It has become the mission of the Employment Journey to provide continuous awareness of the many opportunities in healthcare on PEI. There are endless choices in the private and public sectors.
A great way to explore is visiting the 2014 Guide of Health Professions – click here – The Health Career Guide provides key information on over 60 healthcare professions on PEI. You may find information about salaries, high school academic and other requirements, and educational programs.
We were also able to have an excellent interview with PEI Public Service Commission which now steadily promotes their casual list as a way to start a career with the provincial government. “There is a need for everything from cooks, service workers, RCWs to LPNs,” says Janet Horne, Staffing Consultant with PEIPSC. “It’s a constant intake. We often interview for these positions on a monthly or bimonthly basis.”
“For many, working as a casual employee helps them get started in their career,” says Janet Horne. “Working as a casual allows the employee to apply for internal job competitions.”
Some areas of employment include:
- Medical Laboratory Technicians
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Occupational Therapists
- Nursing (including Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Resident Care Workers)
- Service Workers (including environmental, laundry, dietary)
- Maintenance Workers (Carpenters, Power Engineers, Plumbers, Electricians)
- Addiction Workers
- Administrative Support
- Clerical Support
To explore the many career choices in Healthcare, click here.
Innovation and Technology- Career in IT
We promoted a great number of hiring and business opportunities available in this sector. Although it is hard to get an update on the number of people who work in this sector on PEI, we know there are over 60 Information Technology companies. Also, an additional 500 IT specialists work in government and in other sectors.
We were able to connect with a few companies this year who are hiring and who find it difficult to recruit for some positions, especially developers, programmer, and analysts. And call centres are continuously hiring for customer service and technical support. Two strong resources to help people become aware of the many opportunities in this sector:
To explore the many IT companies on PEI, click here.
To explore the many IT career options and educational requirements, click here.
We have been doing extensive coverage with companies such as Trout River Industries, DME, MacDougal Steel, and others. The most work we have been promoting is careers in Welding although there are other jobs in demand such as Sheet Metal Workers, Iron Workers, and CNC Machinists.
To explore the many Manufacturing companies, post-secondary options, and careers, click here.
The non-profit sector includes organizations that are not-for-profit and non-government, as well as the activities of volunteering and giving which sustain them.
“Imagine what our lives, and our Island communities, would be like without our community-based not-for-profit organizations,” says Andrea MacDonald, CEO for the United Way PEI. “All of us benefit in some way.
“We have made a three-year commitment to helping to build the capacity of PEI’s non-profit sector,” says Andrea. “We will be looking into what would be the best way and who should be involved to carry this work forward, based on the feedback and direction gathered from our research and collaborations.”
The PEI Non-profit sector includes a wide range of organizations established to meet the needs of individuals and communities. Some of the metrics of PEI’s no-profit sector include:
- 943 nonprofit organizations
- $230 million in revenues in 2003
- 6,172 Islanders employed
- 53,621 volunteers
- 56% volunteer rate (3rd highest in the country)
- 89% donor rate (2nd highest in the country)
To explore employment and volunteer options, click here.
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services on PEI
This sector covers a broad range of careers, including:
- Legal Services
- Tax Preparation
- Computer Systems
- Scientific Research and Development Services
- Computer Systems Design and Related Services
- Building Inspection Services
- Interior Design Services
- Research and Development in Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences
- Advertising Agencies
- Public Relations Services
- Market Research
- Translation and Interpretation Services
- Veterinary Services
Accounting services, computer systems services, marketing and sales, and translation services would all be considered in high demand.
To explore these professions further, click here.
This industry fluctuates, with openings, some location moves, expansions, and closings. It is challenging for people to see this industry as a full-time career choice because of unpredictable hours, business vulnerabilities, and limited opportunities for full-time work.
This is very much a short-term occupation choice for youth, mature workers and/or newcomers. The challenge is to attract them and for the job seeker to successfully connect with employers, since the hiring process is mostly online. Also, people with low-level literacy skills work in this sector and again face a daunting challenge of connecting with employers with the barriers of not being computer savvy. However, it is a great area to start in the workforce to gain experience with customer service, which is a sought after skill and ability in many other career choices.
One employer’s comments
- “It can be a challenge to find seasonal workers for cashier, cart retrieval and night crew positions.”
To explore jobs in Retail/Wholesale, click here.
Self Employment/Small Business
We have covered a high number of Self Employment initiatives in the last few years. We have put a heavy concentration on start-up information, self employment success stories, and small business community supports and resources.
For more information about our coverage, visit www.employmentjourney.com and click Self Employment.
Jobs in tourism are many on PEI and not just seasonal but year-round as well. We write a lot of article about opportunities in tourism because of the high demand for companies to hire the right staff.
The industry provides 15,000 to 17,000 full-time, part-time, seasonal, and year-round jobs, which is equivalent to 7,700 full-time year-round jobs.
Categories of work include:
- Accommodations: Housekeeping, front desk, general managers, and supervisors.
- Food & Beverage Services: Servers, bartenders, line cooks, chefs, kitchen staff, front end workers, supervisors and managers
- Travel Services: Visitor information counsellors and tour guides
- Transportation: Ferry boat captains, airport, taxi drivers, and motor coach drivers
- Recreation & Entertainment: Golf courses, bike rentals, outdoor adventures, and cultural events.
“Tourism is the largest employer in rural PEI,” says Kathy Livingston, TIAPEI. “As well, tourism is the biggest employer of youth on PEI. It’s often one of the first jobs for youth, which helps them develop essential skills for future careers. In addition, the seasonality aspect of the employment works well for them.”
“Housekeeping, chefs, line cooks, and prep cooks are all jobs that are in high demand,” says Fallon MacKinnon, Human Resource Advisor with TIAPEI. “Transportation jobs tend to attract more mature workers and many workers in transportation are due to retire soon. In addition, outdoor adventures tourism has the capacity for a lot of growth, and could be a source for more jobs.”
Some employer’s comments:
- Front Desk: “The hardest person to find would be a quick learner for the front desk. That person coordinates everything, and is a real team leader.”
- Housekeeping: “This year, it seems to be a bit harder to find Housekeeping staff. It is a hard job, but very rewarding. It must be done to a high standard, because that could make or break the business. We look for people with previous experience, but we are willing to train, as long as they have the drive and dedication.”
To explore Tourism further, click here.
The PEI Truck Sector Council Executive Director, Brian Oulton, says there is critical demand for long-haul truck drivers and mechanics in this field, and as a result, trucks are left idle because the labour force is not in place. Examples of careers in trucking:
- Truck Driver
- Freight Broker
- Driver Trainer
- Parts Technician
- Safety and Compliance
- Human Resources
Brian is also an excellent resource and could possibly visit employment groups in the communities to further explain the great opportunities. As well as the Employment Journey promote their many information sessions that take place each month. For more about the information sessions, click here.
To further explore careers in Trucking, click here.
To visit The Employment Journey Sector/Industry page, click here.
How to get started
To find services and programs to help you sort through all of the career options on PEI and to explore the ones that stand out for you, click here.
How to stand out during the hiring practices & get your foot in the door
by Stella Shepard
The Employment Journey staff has collected invaluable information over the last two years from PEI employers, Human Resources recruiters, and business owners.
The information can help job seekers uncover jobs that may not be advertised.
Among many great insights about how employers hire, they told us how job seekers can stand out during the hiring process. They also told us the best way to connect with them and get your foot in the door.
Over the next few pages we have included a list of many employer comments about how to stand out during the hiring process & best way to get your foot in the door. We hope this information will help you connect with employers in a lasting way.
How to stand out during the hiring process:
- Attitude that employers look for
- First impressions count
- Show team spirit
- When e-mailing a resumé and cover letter
- Personalize the application
- Tips for your resumé and cover letter
- Have references
- Know your skills, talents & abilities
- The interview
- Staying in touch pays off
- Before contacting a company
- Don’t wait for a job to be advertised
Best way to get your foot in the door:
- Value of Co-op placements and internships
- Most common way of hiring
- Do an on-site visit
- Be willing to start at an entry level job
How to stand out during the hiring process:
Attitude that employers look for:
- “A positive, can-do attitude is very important.”
- “Great attitude, personality, reliability, honesty, and working well as a part of a team.”
- “I can assess the applicant’s attitude and whether or not they are a good fit for the company.”
- “We have a positive environment here. You can train people for the job but attitude is something you can’t change.”
- “We are not expecting people to come in with extensive experience and 100 percent training; we like to see people with a good attitude who love what they do. We can teach the rest.”
- “It’s easy to teach when the people come with the right dedication and passion.”
First impressions count:
- “The applicant’s presentation during that first meeting is important. If you come in looking professional, well groomed and show interest, passion and enthusiasm, it will impress us.”
- “Applying on-line is good, but if you want to speed up the process, walk in with your resumé and introduce yourself to the manager. It sets the tone and makes that important first impression.”
- “The person should be confident, speak clearly and be dressed nicely for the interview. I will remember the person who hands me their resumé. I will contact that person for an interview if a position becomes available.”
- “Being friendly and sincere will stand out.”
- If you are old enough to apply for a job, you should pick up and drop off the application yourself. DO NOT have your parent or another individual do this for you, as it shows a lack of responsibility from the beginning.”
- “Showing up in person, presenting yourself well, and following up with a telephone call within a few days will make a good impression.”
Show team spirit:
- “New hires need to be able to get along with other staff, give good customer service and be honest.”
- “Have knowledge of the industry and have a good personality.”
- “We look for people who are easy going, have a good personality, and are easy to talk to.”
When e-mailing a resumé and cover letter:
- “When e-mailing a resumé, it’s nice to see that the applicant has personalized it and done research on the company to show that they know something about us.”
- “When preparing your resumé, consider converting it to .pdf format. That way, we will be able to open it, and the formatting of the document will remain stable.”
- “It’s very important to be aware that you are relaying your personal brand through an application e-mail.”
- “In the e-mail, take the time to write a two-paragraph introduction. Don’t just say ‘see my resumé attached. It should be very much tailored to how you could fit into the company and why we should call you for an interview. E-mail is your first point of contact with us, and it’s your chance to make a good first impression.”
Personalize the application:
- “Take the time to show why you want to work with us. It’s better than sending a generic application.”
- “I encourage people to develop a good knowledge of the position they are applying for. Check out the postings we have on-line. It gives you an overview of the department, the position’s competencies, requirements, and expectations of the role.”
- “Some of the cover letters we receive are general form letters. They don’t catch my eye like a letter which mentions the company and shows some understanding of what we do.”
Tips for your resumé and cover letter:
- “Because we receive so many applications, it is important to really highlight in your cover letter the skills which make you a great fit for the position.”
- “Be sure to proofread your resumé and cover letter to make sure they are free of spelling and grammar errors. It shows attention to detail that will transfer to the job.”
- “Stop by with a resumé with three work references.”
- “It is important to present yourself well! Being able to provide a reference from someone in the industry would be great.”
Know your skills, talents & abilities:
- “For entry-level positions, we look for people who are intelligent, have the ability to learn, and are energetic, really engaged, excited, looking for a long-term career, and have general computer skills.”
- “The ability to communicate a specific skill set with long-term objectives can really set a candidate apart.”
- “It’s not just about having experience in an IT setting. It’s about being able to communicate with people.”
- “A first impression is important in an interview. By the time I shake their hand and ask the person to sit down, I will have formed an impression. Dressing appropriately is important. If they come to an interview dressed sloppy, I’m going to think that they’re probably not going to keep the shop clean.”
- “It’s extremely important for me to meet the person applying for a job. The person should take the time to dress appropriately for the job even though they are applying to work at a job where they don’t have to dress up.”
- “Know something about the company before you come in for an interview, and prepare a list of questions you want to ask.”
- “During the interview, show a genuine interest and preparedness.”
- “Ask pertinent questions. Show us that you have done your homework, checked the website, and understand what we are doing here, our products, and how they work.”
- “Being confident, making eye contact and knowing about the business stands out in an interview.”
- “During the job interview, we ask what the applicant knows about the company. If the person says, ‘nothing,’ we will ask them to go home and educate themselves about our company and then they can come back and talk to us.”
- “Be excited about what you do and never say “no” to a challenge.”
- “A positive, can-do attitude is very important. The ability to communicate a specific skill set with the company’s long-term objectives can really set a candidate apart.”
- “When I interview people I usually get a sense if the person is going to be responsible and reliable.”
- “Be on time.”
- “Provide an updated resumé with references.”
- “Make eye contact.”
- “Act confident and friendly.”
Staying in touch pays off:
- “Send us a résumé, and keep bugging us. One of our present employees sent us a résumé last year, but a position was not available at the time. She kept following up, and after a year of corresponding with us, she finally got hired in August. Persistence pays off.”
- “Show up with a good attitude, a good resumé and do a follow-up call. One applicant left a resumé with me and followed up with telephone calls to see if I was hiring. She also took the time to drop by twice to let me know that she was still interested in a position. This told me that she was keen to work. When a position became available, I hired her and it’s worked out great for both of us.”
- “Make a follow-up call after dropping off a resumé.”
Best way to get your foot in the door
Value of Co-op placements and internships:
- “This year, a student from the high school Co-op program came here to get an idea if she wanted to pursue a hair stylist career. She observed the hair stylist, did laundry, washed hair, etc. On-the-job training is another way of getting your foot in the door.”
- “Internships are a good way to get your foot in the door, because the more we get to know you, the more comfortable we would be to hire you. Many of our full-time staff has come from internships.”
- “Offer to come in and train without pay for a couple of days even if we are not hiring. This way, you’ll know if the retail sector is the right fit for you. If it is a good fit, when a job becomes available, you could be called to work.”
Most common way of hiring:
- “Word of mouth is among the most common ways of filling a job opening.”
Before contacting a company:
- “Learn as much as possible about the company before you contact the HR Manager.”
- “I encourage people to develop a good knowledge of the position they are applying for. Check out the postings we have on-line. It gives you an overview of the department, the position’s competencies, requirements, and expectations of the role.”
Don’t wait for a job to be advertised:
- “My message to applicants is to not get discouraged, and not stop trying if they don’t see a posted job. You never know when an employer needs someone.”
- “Individuals interested in working with our company are welcome to contact our office. Whether we’re in a position to hire or not, we’re always open to a conversation. We like to know who’s out there and who might be available for future projects. People who can bring new ideas and a creative perspective to on-line learning are always in demand.”
- “Call ahead and set up a time to meet with the manager. Indicate what type of job you have an interest in on your resumé and cover letter. You could also contact the head of the department you are interested in working at. When we advertise a job, the minimum requirements for the job and the method of applying will be spelled out.”
- “Whether we’re in a position to hire or not, we’re always open to a conversation.”
- “We are willing to do informational interviews with interested candidates.”
- “We receive resumés on a regular basis. Sending a resumé is a good way to start the conversation should we have a position to fill.”
- “Many applicants don’t realize that the employer might be looking for people but hasn’t advertised yet. A job opening can happen at the drop of a hat. If someone walks in and is right for the role, they have had a great chance of being hired. You never know when an employer may need someone.”
- “People can also drop by and fill out an application. We have hired people the same day they applied because we were in need of staff.”
- “We like to know who’s out there and who might be available for future projects. People who can bring new ideas and a creative perspective to on-line learning are always in demand.”
- “We are willing to do informational interviews with interested candidates. If someone is dropping off a resumé, I try my best to meet with them regardless of what’s going on at the time. I want to give them a realistic overview of the opportunities that become available here.”
Do an on-site visit:
- “The best way to get your foot in the door is to apply in person.”
- “Drop by in person with a resumé and meet with me in person. This gives people an advantage when I am looking for new hires.”
- “It is a good idea to visit the worksite personally and speak to a Recruiter. We will always make time for you, because you made time for us.”
- “Drop by with a resumé. It will give me a chance to speak with you and see if you are suitable for the job.”
- “Drop in to the hotel you are applying to and ask to speak to the manager of the department you’re applying to.”
- “If someone wants to apply, call the HR manager in advance, set up a time to meet, and bring your resumé.”
- “Don’t inbox me on Facebook asking for a job because I won’t respond. And I probably will not want to hire you if you couldn’t take the time to drop by in person.”
- “About 40 percent of applicants meet with me in person, and about 60 percent apply on-line. When you get so many applications electronically, you need to sift through them, call the person then meet them for the first time. I would rather skip those steps. If they walk in, they are making it easier for us to hire them.”
- “Coming in and talking to me for about 15 minutes is the best way to get your foot in the door. Bring in a resumé and work references. If a person is looking for a job, he or she should come by and ask to meet with me. It demonstrates that you are interested in working for me.”
Be willing to start at an entry level job:
“If someone is dropping off a resumé, I try my best to meet with them regardless of what’s going on at the time. I want to give them a realistic overview of the opportunities that become available here. If a person’s aspiration is to start off in the Commercial Accounts Manager position, I have to tell them that won’t happen. We often say that we hire for personality and we give people the skills after that. People would have to be prepared to start at an entry-level position.”
For more detailed PEI company interviewing and hiring practices, visit www.employmentjourney.com/industries/ and click on each industry to find company hiring practices.
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Reports & Trends
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Canada's best jobs and employers 2018
What Canadian employers are looking for
Nine high paying jobs for career changers
by Elizabeth Bromstein, February 8, 2016
So, you’re 45, and you’re thinking “What am I going to do with my life?” It happens. The first career didn’t work out, or you just never got around to getting serious.
Second, and even third careers are going to become more common as the employment landscape continues to shift. Careers no longer follow the same linear trajectory they once did, so where we will all find ourselves in our 50s and 60s is anyone’s guess. Back in school or starting over? Why not.
If you’re thinking of making a midlife career shift, here are some good options. I chose jobs that do not require advanced degrees, most of which are projected to show a lot of growth* – so the jobs will be available. And they all pay, in the upper salary range, more than $90,000**. I hope you find your dream job here.
Salary: $35,360 – $106,995
Job prospects for accountants are good. Millions of people out there don’t want to do their own taxes. Depending on the job, you may need a membership in a professional association. You will also need a bachelor’s degree in accounting, accounting science or business administration, a university certificate in accounting or administration, or a diploma of collegial studies (DEC) in accounting and management technology.[Accounting and Finance jobs on Workopolis]
Market research analyst
Salary: $35,360 – $109,990
This job is showing big projected growth but it’s not an easier one to break into. You would have to work your way up to this position through other jobs in the market research sector but if you have a keen analytical mind this could be a great goal for you. You’ll need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, mathematics, or the sciences.[Market research jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $39,998 – $100,006
Software developer was named the best job in America for 2014 by News & World Report on its annual list of greatest jobs. According to that report, software developers made a median salary of $90,060 in 2012, and the highest-paid 10% made $138,880. They say you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in something like computer science, but the rare programming whiz out there won’t have to get one. The projected growth is much better than average.[Software developer jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $30,617 – $85,800 – but I know writers who make six figures.
It’s not the easiest way to make money but demand for writers grows as demand for web content grows, and if you’re good, you will get paid and you will find an audience. Writers are no longer at the mercy of magazines and book publishers anymore. You can create your own platform and do your own marketing. You can become an expert in a field, or you can write for websites and, yes, magazines. It’s a hustle and it’s hard. But some people do very well.[Writing jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $44,803 – $150,009
You need one of those mathematical minds for this one but if you’ve missed your calling, actuarial jobs pay very well and are seeing big growth. You’ll also need a bachelor’s degree in an area such as actuarial science, computer science, economics, or statistics, though beanactuary.com says, it is also “not unusual for candidates with degrees in liberal arts, education, or other disciplines to land a position provided they have proven ability to pass exams and good computer skills.”[Actuary jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: Listed at $38,903 – $82,286 – though chefs can reportedly make over $100,000
This one isn’t growing as fast as some of the others but the food world is so exciting right now. How can a devoted foodie resist? High school may be required, along with trade certification – required in every province – management training and lots of experience. I hear there is lots of yelling in kitchens and that chef is a surprisingly high-stress job that not everyone is cut out for.[Executive chef jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $30,732 – $94,228
Job prospects for court reporters are good in Canada. You will need to attend a court reporting program, which takes approximately two years. Court reporters must be able to type at a speed of at least 225 words per minute with near 100% accuracy on a steno machine. There are only two court reporting schools in Canada that have been registered by the National Court Reporters Association: the CCVS, in Toronto, Ontario, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, in Edmonton, Alberta.
Salary: $24,626 – $105,100 (but some good realtors make a lot more than that)
Realtor is such a common second career it’s a bit of a cliché, but you can do really well selling houses (thought the projected growth is only so so). According to the Economic Research Institute, realtors make an estimated average of $55,000 a year in Toronto, and $52,000 in Vancouver. “That seems low,” says the Globe and Mail, “but it’s because many agents are part-time.” Commercial agents may earn six figures selling one office tower a year. “Licensing requirements vary across Canada, but all provinces and territories require prospective salespeople and brokers to pass a written exam.”[Real estate jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $45,718 – $90,667
Growth projections for this profession are very good. “Occupational therapists are university educated and complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork experience (on-the-job training). The accreditation standards set by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) accepts the baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy as the minimal educational requirement for entry-level education in Canada.”[Occupational therapist jobs on Workopolis]
*Growth projections are from Service Canada and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Salary information is from both Service Canada and Payscale
Workopolis compiled a list of 12 part-time jobs that pay well.
Some examples include dog walker, fitness instructor and social media strategist.
Read more at www.careers.workopolis.com.
Career trends over the next five, 10 years
When it comes to landing a job, digital literacy is the new literacy, and eight jobs will always be in demand. These points come from a recent Thinkopolis report.
Read more at www.careers.workopolis.com.
As a career planner/job seeker you need to track Labour Market Information – see why…
Understanding Labour Market Information – Careers.nova scotia.ca has done a wonderful job of explaining the value of understanding what LMI is and how to track it and make it work for you.
LMI helps to make good decisions about your education, your career, your workplace, your community, and your life.
What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?
Labour Market Information includes facts about employers and people working or looking for work.
This information could be about jobs, occupations, trades, job skills required for various trades or occupations, industries, education and training programs, or apprenticeships. It could also include data from surveys conducted by various organizations, or research about trends in the job market.
Labour Market Information can tell you:
- Where the jobs are now;
- Where the jobs are likely going to be in the future;
- What skills are in demand; and
- Which occupations may present more, or fewer, opportunities for work in the future.
Employers create a demand for labour based on economic activity, consumer demand for their products, and other factors. The labour market also evolves over time. LMI can tell us what has happened in the past, what is happening now, and what is likely to happen in the years ahead.
For the complete guide, visit http://careers.novascotia.ca/sites/all/files/14-42520%20LMI%20Career%20Guides%20Eng%20FINAL-s.pdf.
The most in-demand tech skills in Canada job postings
by Peter Harris | November 12, 2015 12:08 pm
For our recent Thinkopolis report on the most sought-after skills by Canadian employers, the team here analyzed millions of job postings. You can read the full report here. One of the trends we noticed over the past year was a rapid increase in software and tech skills being requested in job ads.
This is true for opportunities across sectors, and not just in technology and digital media roles. Keeping up with the trends and technologies of how people communicate and share information is also essential for career success. Once upon a time, reading and writing were considered the basic skills for most jobs. Digital literacy has become the new literacy.
We can see a high level of demand for digital literacy and computer skills in Canadian job postings right now. This is particularly true in the areas of document production, filing and sharing. Among the top skills sought after in job postings are the following collection:
- Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- Microsoft Works
- Computer use
Digital literacy is evolving to include more advanced computer skills as well, as among the hottest of the up-and-coming skill requirements appearing in job postings are coding and social media savvy.
Social media skills are becoming essential for an increasingly wide range of roles beyond community managers, including Human Resources, Sales, Designers and Developers, and of course Marketing.
Other hot tech skills for rapidly rising demand:
- Social media platforms
- Big data
- Google Analytics
Specifically for jobs in the technology and digital media field, these are the ten most requested skills in current job descriptions.
- Shell scripting
- Operating systems
- HTML / CSS
- Extensible markup language (XML)
Acquiring some of the most sought-after tech skills can greatly increase the number of jobs you qualify for. But remember that while these credentials are important, employers across the board also say they’re looking for signs of soft skills— abilities that are more interpersonal than technical—for the stand-out candidates they need to hire. “Communications” is the single most sought-after skill in Canadian job postings.
On-The-Job Training: The solution to the skills shortage
Published September 28, 2015
As the economy begins to slowly bounces back, employers are struggling to fill open positions. But it isn’t because there are fewer workers looking for employment – it’s because those workers seeking jobs don’t necessarily have the right skills.
According to a new CareerBuilder.ca survey, half of employers feel there is a shortage of skilled workers in Canada. Due to this skills gap between what employers want and job seekers possess, positions are staying open for extended periods of time: 3 in 10 employers currently have positions in their organization that, on average, stay open for 12 weeks or longer.
With a 7 per cent unemployment rate in Canada, there are plenty of workers available – and willing – to fill open positions. Yet, employers believe that the jobseekers applying for their open vacancies don’t have the right mix of skills. Why? Fifty-two per cent don’t think there are enough workers graduating in in-demand fields, while 48 per cent believe there’s a lack of interest in required fields.
Other reasons employers offered as to what’s causing the skills shortage include: employers and candidates have different expectations (41 per cent), entry-level jobs are becoming more complex (37 per cent), a lack of funding in necessary training (36 per cent), and rapid changes in technology (34 per cent). Thirty-three per cent of employers do cite increased competition for candidates as the cause, showing that the improving economy may be to blame for some of the shortage.
According to the study, of those employers with extended job vacancies, 75 per cent say the openings have adversely affected their organization. Not only does it cost employers money when a position sits open for a long period of time, it can negatively impact the morale and productivity of their staff – and ultimately their bottom line. The top way employers say extended vacancies negatively affect their firm is that work does not get done (31 per cent). Twenty-six per cent cite lower morale due to employees bearing heavier workloads, while 24 per cent say it causes delays in delivery times.
In order to combat the skills shortage, employers have had to take matters into their own hands. Instead of waiting for the worker with the perfect combination of education, background and skills, they are seeing the potential in job seekers who may not be the right fit on paper, but with a little training, could be successful at their organization.
Forty-six per cent of employers say they have hired a low-skilled worker and trained him or her for a higher-skill job within their organizations in the last two years. And employers have reaped benefits from doing so. Some of the positive outcomes of on-the-job training include: increased employee motivation (50 per cent), improved employee loyalty (47 per cent), ability to be more competitive (46 per cent) and ability to meet department goals (41 per cent).
“Companies nationwide are feeling the effect of a skills gap, from lower morale to higher retention rates to a loss of revenue,” says Ryan Lazar, managing director of CareerBuilder Canada. “Our findings indicate, however, that taking proactive efforts to train and reskill workers can go a long way in overcoming these challenges. While we still have a long way to go, the more we can identify the root of these challenges, the more opportunities we will find to bridge this gap.”
Debra Auerbach researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder.
Salary guide for 2018
Read the full salary guides for 2018 from Robert Half with details on over 500 positions at www.roberthalf.ca/salary-guides.
Transferable Skills in the workplace
When searching for work consider your transferable skills
by Stella Shepard
General skills are learned through previous employment, volunteering, community involvement, hobbies, interests, sports, and family life, and can be transferable to the workplace.
Job seekers can apply their skills in new jobs or when considering a career change. Employers value transferable skills.
Older workers transferable skills
“Having been in the workforce for many years, mature workers bring many transferable skills to new positions,” says Michael Gaudet, who works in program delivery of the Passport to Employment program.
“Most importantly, mature workers, because they have been in the workforce for a long time, are most aware of the importance of the essential skills necessary for employment. They have a better understanding of the importance of customer service, and are less prone to excuses.”
Michael says each and every job undertaken is an opportunity for learning, and many of these skills are transferable to other jobs. “For example, patience, listening, cooperation, and team work are transferable skills developed when learning a highly technical skill.”
For more information about the Passport to Employment program, contact Michael Gaudet at 902-620-3436 or email [email protected].
Youth transferable skills
“The first transferable skill that comes to mind in regard to youth is technical literacy,” says Scott Wilson, Program Coordinator at East Prince Youth Development Centre (EPYDC). “Most youth are comfortable with technology of various types, and they are also quick to catch on to new types of hardware and software.Youth should list this skill on their resumé.
“I also see time management and prioritizing skills in youth today. Many youth are juggling quite a load. In addition to school, they are involved in sports, part-time work, and have an active social life. Some do very well managing all their various activities.
Transferable skills employers look for
The following employers have listed the transferable skills that are important to their place of work:
Morely Annear Ltd., Scott Annear, General Manager
- Good verbal communication skills
- Good customer service skills
- Good literacy skills
Myers Industries Inc., Clinton Myers: Co-owner and Operational Manager
- Dependability and flexibility
- Previous employment in a physically demanding environment
- Having a good attitude within the workplace
- Being a team player. Don’t say it’s not my job
- Good verbal, written, comprehension and communication skills.
Dianne Taylor, Co-owner of Island Taylored Meats Corp.
“Last year, we hired a mature worker and it worked out great because of transferable skills they brought from their previous work experience,” says Dianne.
“Last year, we also hired a young man who had transferable skills from working in the blueberry industry that enabled him to meet the physical demands of working in production.”
Boomerswork.com expands to PEI
by Gloria Welton
Boomerswork.com specializes in matching retired professionals who are interested in part-time or short-term work with employers looking for top talent.
The company is based in Halifax and has now has expanded the service to PEI.“I am the poster child for this service on PEI, because I recently retired,” says Heather Tedford.
“While not looking to return to work full-time, I was interested in working part-time and willing to help a business expand to PEI by providing my years of experience.”
Heather has an extensive background in Sales and Marketing. “Over the years, my career included General Sales Manager for a radio group. Most recently, I was Director of Sales and Marketing for Transcontinental Media PEI and publisher of G Magazine.
“I had a great career and enjoyed it immensely. Now I am retired and enjoying that immensely, but I am very willing to participate in meaningful part-time projects with flexible schedules.
“With Boomerswork.com, not only am I involved in meaningful work, I am here to help companies fill their employment gaps by matching them with a person with the experience they need. We make sure that the right talent finds the right opportunity.”
For the job seeker
Work choices range from a few weeks to several months. The company matches experienced professionals with opportunities in the following fields:
- Accounting and Finance
- Human Resources
- Sales and Marketing
- Construction Management
- General Management
- Information Technology Management
The first step for the job seeker is to create a free Boomerswork account and profile. “We use the information to match the job seeker to relevant job opportunities that employers are looking to fill,” says Heather.
For the employer
“Our clients are employers who turn to us when they have a unique business challenge that would benefit from the experience of a seasoned professional, but does not require a full-time hire,” says Heather. “We find employees who have the experience to hit the ground running.”
Using this service means businesses can avoid the traditional approaches that often attract a number of applicants without the required skill sets. “We turn to our database and select candidates who match the criteria. The company then interviews and selects the candidate who best suits their needs.
“Businesses on PEI are already saying they are interested, so this is very encouraging. As a person who formally interviewed people to fill many positions over the years, I quickly recognized how valuable this service would be to businesses.”
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