A common misconception is that there are no jobs on PEI, and many Islanders might think they are alone in their job search.
In fact, skills and labour shortages are rising, and employers are recruiting continuously to fill positions in many sectors.
Many organizations and services all over the Island have Career Development Professionals dedicated to assisting people in their career management. As Coordinator of CDA of PEI, part of my role is to promote the many resources in the community that help job seekers realize their options.
How to begin your job search
Career Development Services (CDS) is the place to start if you’re looking for work, changing your career, returning to the workforce, or exploring career and training opportunities. There are five locations on PEI: Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague, O’Leary, and Souris.
You can make an appointment with a Career Development Professional to help discover a career path that suits your personality, strengths, and lifestyle.
Each location offers access to computers, printers, fax machines, photocopiers, phones and Internet. Workshops on basic computer use, cover letters and resumés, job search skills, networking, and interview preparation are also offered.
Visit www.cdspei.ca for a list of upcoming events, workshops, and current job openings.
Another employment resource
Hannah Jones is an Employment Counsellor with PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. She helps Newcomers understand the local labour market and PEI work culture, and connects them with services and employers. “It’s also about resolving problems and helping people overcome personal or professional barriers.”
She says career development professionals actively listen, analyze, and decipher the concerns of clients and helps them connect with community resources and employers.
For more information, visit www.peianc.com.
CDA of PEI is a network of career professionals, career influencers, community partners, post-secondary institutions and individuals committed to providing leadership to strengthen career development programs and initiatives on PEI.
The Association’s objectives:
- Increase public awareness of the career development field
- Advocate for services that strengthen the continued growth of career development
- Promote networking opportunities, professional development, and resource sharing
- Disseminate information on developments occurring in the field provincially and nationally
- Advance career development and the capacity of the profession to respond effectively to all clients and stakeholders in an ever-changing work environment
Over 50 resources are available to help job seekers search and obtain a career on PEI.