The company offers road and highway construction, municipal and residential sewer, water and electrical installation, building site work, golf course construction and management, full service design and build landscaping, and highway and private snow removal.
“At peak season, we have 250 to 300 people,” says Kent Poole, Operations Manager. “Some positions are filled on an ongoing basis, but our biggest time for hiring is mid-April to May.
“Employees range in age from university students to senior-aged staff from all areas of PEI. A number of employees are employed year-round in construction and snow removal, and many of those positions are permanent seasonal.
“Right now, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Welders, and skilled Equipment Operators are the hardest positions to staff.
“We encourage all potential employees to have as many certifications as possible when applying for work at Island Coastal Services Ltd., but that is not the only determining factor,” says Kent. “We are more than willing to hire and give an opportunity to individuals with a positive attitude who are willing to work hard and learn as they go.”
Best way to get your foot in the door
“Submit a resumé by email, regular mail, or through our Facebook page or website,” says Kent.
“List your previous work experiences, your skill sets, and the type of job you are applying for. A personalized resumé is a better introduction to the company than a generic resumé.
“Once a resumè is submitted, follow up with a phone call. You may not get an interview right away, but following up will show us that you are interested in joining the Island Coastal Team.
“Even if there are no current vacancies, we constantly review applications looking for people who are a good fit for our company. If we find the right person, we will make sure a position is there for them.”
Preparing for the interview
“Research the company before the interview, check our website and know what we do, and what products and services we offer,” says Kent.
“Based on the position applied for, some ability will have to be demonstrated. If you say you can run an excavator, you more than likely will have to show us you can run an excavator before you are hired.
“Our big thing during the interview is to determine the personal suitability of the candidate. The ability to work as a team player and get along with coworkers to achieve a common goal is every bit as important to us as technical skills.
“Just be yourself during the interview process. Let us know the skills you have that would make you a valuable member of the team.”
The interview usually involves Kent and one or two staff from the area applied for. Prior to the job offer, references are usually required.
“Mentorship is a big part of our corporate culture,” says Kent. “Our long-standing employees provide assistance and guidance to new employees to ensure that they are able to carry out their jobs as required.”
Kent started with the company after completing a program at Holland College. He started as a Payroll and Accounts Receivable Clerk, and worked his way up to Operations Manager.
“We are always looking at ways to reward employees who prove themselves as reliable, valuable, and conscientious members of our team. Some of our employees who started as summer students cutting grass at our golf courses are now foremen on highway construction crews. The opportunities are endless. The only limiting factor is how much effort an employee wants to put into growing within the company.”
For more information about Island Coastal Services Ltd., contact Kent Poole, Operations Manager, at 902-892-1062. Visit www.islandcoastal.ca or search Facebook.