The Skills PEI Job Fair in Charlottetown during March hosted more than 50 businesses looking for employees and community services offering help to job seekers and employers.
SkillsPEI assists job seekers and employers with hiring and training needs. For further information, call 1-877- 491-4766. Visit www.skillspei.com.
Employers talk about their continuing hiring needs:
Bulk Carriers (P.E.I.) Limited — Cornwall
Jobs: 10 to 15 long-haul Truck Drivers
Bulk Carriers (P.E.I.) Limited carries refrigerated products throughout North America. They currently have about 80 trucks on the road.
“For a number of years now, it has been hard to find qualified long-haul drivers wanting to drive in the United States and Canada,” says Mike Schut.
“Our shortest runs are five days, and our longest runs are as long the driver wants to be on the road.
“Drivers can earn between $45,000 and $65,000 per year. It all depends on how many miles you drive, and how long you want to be home.
“Applicants need to have their Class 1 license, an acceptable driver’s abstract, a clear criminal record, and hold a valid passport or a fast card, which is a US Border Protection identification card. We also like to see a minimum of four years of driving experience, and if possible, a tractor-trailer driving course.”
Bulk Carriers will take drivers straight out of JVI or a similar commercial driving school, to do their compulsory 100 hours of coaching with an experienced driver, with the intent of hiring them at the end of that time.
Thinking Big — Charlottetown & in Montague
Jobs: four to five Project Managers and Software Developers.
Thinking Big is a software development firm that works with companies locally and across Canada and the US. They also create new products, such as Skip the Waiting Room, which is already being used in a Charlottetown medical clinic, with plans to expand across the country.
About 47 people work in the two locations. “We are always looking for smart, eager individuals,” says Ron Myers.
Rick’s Fish & Chips and Seafood House — St. Peter’s Bay
Jobs: Hostesses, people to wash and chip potatoes, Bus people, Dishwashers, and Cooks.
Rick’s has been in operation for 25 years.
“We employ up to 25 people during the season,” says Ashley Cudmore. “Most staff are students, and the majority have worked here year after year.
“This is the first year we have had such a big turnover. Many of our former staff have transitioned from post-secondary to internships and work in their field.”
The season runs from mid-May to the end of September.
The Mount Continuing Care Community — Charlottetown
Jobs: Resident Care Worker and Maintenance Worker.
The community care and senior care facility employs over 90 full-time, part-time, temporary and casual workers in a variety of fields.
Besides a benefits package and competitive salary, employees enjoy profit-sharing, continuing education opportunities, and a gym membership.
“The housekeeping/multiservice positions can be the most difficult to fill. These roles are physically demanding while also being autonomous. Having previous experience in housekeeping is an asset.”
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resumé.
The Mount accepts applications in person at its reception office or online. Applications are accepted anytime, even when there are no postings. Visit www.themountcommunity.ca.
Sylvan Learning Centre — Charlottetown & Summerside
Jobs: Certified Bachelor of Education Teachers for junior high, high school, and university-level math and sciences.
Sylvan is a premier tutoring service, which currently employs 17 teachers in their two locations. They are looking to hire two more.
“High school math and science Teachers are the most difficult to find, because they need a very specific skillset,” says Ann Myers Hebert.
Hours are quite flexible. Teachers can work from two to 18 hours per week. Tutoring begins at 4 to 6 pm during the week, with two later sessions, 6 to 8 pm, as well as Saturdays 9 to 1 pm.
To apply, check the job postings at www.jobbank.gc.ca.
The Montessori School of Charlottetown
Jobs: Core teaching staff
The private school will offer kindergarten through Grade 6 classes this fall, and has full intentions to expand to middle and secondary school in the future.
“As we grow, we will be seeking licensed PEI teachers with Montessori certifications,” says Wraychel Horne.
“For the right candidates, we will have supports in place to help teachers get their Montessori certifications.
“We are looking for candidates who want to take a holistic approach to education, work individually with each child, and be a sound guide for them.”
The private school’s teacher salary will be comparable to the public school system. An RRSP matching program will be offered, as well as a well-rounded benefits package. Visit www.montessoripei.com.
AlphaTech Business & Technology Inc. — Charlottetown
Jobs: Software Developer and Business Development Manager
This new IT solutions company builds websites and B2B/B2C systems. It also builds some IT solution products for retail, warehouse, and trading businesses, and provides IT outsourcing services for Atlantic Canadian companies.
“A Business Consultant has recently been hired,” says Fergus Tang. “Developers need to have a Bachelor degree/diploma in computer science or related work experience.”
ViTRAK Systems Inc. — Charlottetown
Jobs: Marketing Coordinator, Territory Sales Representative, and Electronics Technician
This IT company recently commercialized the Stepscan® Gait Analysis System, a sensor floor tile that assesses mobility via footprint mapping. This technology can be used by the medical, research & development, and sports sectors.
“We are continuing to grow,” says Bobbie-Jean Thibodeau. “We are currently moving from research and development into sales.”
PEI Brick Company – Crapaud
Jobs: Sales, Administrative Assistant, Machine Operators, and General Labourers.
The company manufactures concrete bricks, blocks, patio stones, and siding.
“We are the first company on PEI to make blocks and bricks,” says Ali Younis. “We have been in the planning stages for five months and will open in March. We plan to hire for full-time positions, and depending on the demand, some part-time positions later on.”
Wages start at $14 per hour.
Paul Davis Restoration PEI — Summerside & Cornwall
Jobs: Cleaners, Labourers, Carpenters, and Construction Managers.
This three-year old company does residential and commercial restoration for flood, fire, water, and wind damage. “We run into people usually at the worst times of their lives, and we try to comfort them and try to get them through the process as easily as possible,” says Justin Clark.
“We do about 70 percent of our work in Summerside, and we will soon be opening in Cornwall. We have eight people in the field, and three work in the office. Work is full-time, year round. The busiest time is in spring.
“Wages range from $12 to $18 per hour, depending on the skills and experience they bring to the table.
“We always accept resumés, and we keep them on file, so that we can contact people quickly.”
To apply, send a resumé to [email protected]. For more information, call 902-436-7285.
HCC Metal and Ore Inc. — Charlottetown
Jobs: Operations Manager, Labourer, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
This import/export company creates aluminum alloy products for industrial, commercial, and construction uses, and for boat hulls. “We have a plant in China, and the products are imported to Canada,” says Bingcan Ma. “In the future, we would like to export mined ore from Canada to China.
“The Operations Manager should be familiar with business development, social media, marketing, sales, and international trade issues.”
To apply, call 902-316-0371 or e-mail a resumé to [email protected].
Sign Cut Inc., Stratford
Jobs: Sales & Marketing and Signage Technicians
This new business provides an engraving/cutting and sign-making service.
- Car stickers, wall stickers
- Laser cutting acrylic, wood, and plastic
- CNC router for cutting and engraving service
- Marble and granite effect plaques and memorials
- Machine and electronic labels, nameplates and control panel facias
- Bar, restaurant and shopfront signage
- and more
Murphy’s Pharmacies — Island-wide
Karen Burgoyne is in charge of HR for Murphy’s Pharmacies, Murphy’s Community Centre, and Andrews of PEI.
“In total, there are about 450 employees,” says Karen. “Positions are full-time and part-time, with the potential of some part-time positions becoming full-time.”
Jobs: At the 12 locations across PEI, they are hiring Pharmacy Assistants and Cashiers.
Murphy’s Community Centre
Jobs: Bowling Attendants, Bar and Wait staff, and summer positions for childcare workers.
These are ideal student jobs.
Andrews of Charlottetown, Andrews of Stratford, Andrews of Summerside and Parkhill
BamText — Charlottetown
Job: A full-time, year-round Software Developer
BamText is a two-year old company which works with over 350 companies across Canada and the US.
“We have five different products all based on the use of text messaging,” says Megan Murnaghan.
“We started with a feedback system, and then added a text voting system which replaces paper ballots. The third product is a text message service request system used on golf courses to order beverages and food. There is also an outbound marketing and alerting system to promote deals and promotions.
“Currently, there are five employees. In the future, we also plan to hire a Sales and Marketing person, to help with business development and build the client base.”
Invesco Enterprise Services — Charlottetown
Job: Client Relationship Representative, a full-time, year round entry-level customer service role supporting Canadian-based clients.
Invesco Enterprise Services is a leading independent global financial management firm. There are over 300 staff in the Charlottetown office.
“The role we are recruiting for involves taking calls from financial advisors and brokers, answering questions about the investment products we offer, and assisting with facilitating transactions on clients’ accounts,” says Amy Ste. Marie. “It’s a great entry-level position for someone who wants to get their foot in the door of the financial services industry.
“Applicants do not necessarily need a business background. However, an interest in financial services and investments is an asset. For us, one of the main qualities we look for is a willingness to learn.”
“The Client Relationship Representative role is one of five core entry-level positions offered at the Charlottetown Invesco office. There is an opportunity for employees to develop and progress in their careers to more advanced roles in the Charlottetown office.
“There is also the option to pursue a variety of roles in our Toronto offices, including Marketing, Fund Accounting, and Product Management.
To apply, click here.
DeltaWare Division of MAXIMUS Canada — Charlottetown
Job: eHealth Consultant
DeltaWare, a MAXIMUS company, is a Charlottetown-based Information Technology company with 100 employees and contractors.
“We are looking for someone at an intermediate level, with three to five years of experience,” says Susan MacPhail. Applicants need proven experience with leading the analysis of business processes and elicitation of requirements.
“The role includes conducting high-level investigations of strategies for addressing business challenges, working with the various stakeholders and project team to collect and prioritize requirements, and ensuring that business needs are addressed during projects.
“Soft skills, such as self-motivation, attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and ability to work under pressure are very important. If someone had some experience and a strong level of soft skills, we could train them to work with our team.”
To apply, email [email protected] or drop by the office at the Atlantic Technology Centre, Suite 300.
Red Shores — Charlottetown
Jobs: Servers, Mutuel Clerks, Security, Facilities, Customer Service, Dishwashers, and Cooks.
Red Shores is looking to fill about 40 positions. “Some are term positions, and some have the potential to lead to something more permanent,” says Emilee MacLeod.
“During the summer, we have a total of about 280 employees at our locations in Charlottetown and Summerside. The position that is most difficult to fill is Mutuel Clerk, who sell harness racing tickets. The terminology is different, an can take a while to get used to.”
To apply, visit www.careerbeacon.com for active Red Shores job postings.