The company owns and operates five Andrews Senior Care residences on PEI, as well as Murphy’s Pharmacies, Atlantic Medical Centres, and other businesses.
“Andrews of PEI most commonly hires Community Caregivers, Dietary Aides, and Housekeepers,” says Anne Doucette, Human Resources Corporate Recruiter. “Some people may be reluctant to apply for a caregiver position because they may not have the required experience. Andrews Senior Care has a structured training program with excellent Team Leads who provide all the necessary skills needed in that role.”
Murphy’s Pharmacies has 13 locations across PEI. “At the moment we are most commonly hiring Pharmacy Assistants and Pharmacy Technicians. There are also jobs for Customer Care Representatives and Pharmacists. We have a formalized Pharmacy Assistant training program using a learning management system. Experienced Team Leads provide the training needed for these posts.”
“Atlantic Medical Centres located in Cornwall, Charlottetown, and Stratford typically recruit for medical secretaries and LPNs.
“Murphy’s Community Centre is a not-for-profit facility that looks for staff for the after-school drop-in service and to host various community events. It also hires Attendants for the bowling alley and hires dishwashers, cooks, bartenders, and servers for the restaurant, The Alley.
“We are most in need of hiring Caregivers for our long-term care homes and Pharmacy Assistants. All positions are posted internally, and internal candidates are interviewed first. There is always room to progress and be promoted within the company.”
Positions that do not need specific training
“We do our own training for Caregivers and Pharmacy Assistants. Dietary Aides, Housekeepers, Bowling Attendants, and Servers don’t need specific education either.”
“We offer pension plans and benefits such as group health plan, medical and dental, and employee discounts at the pharmacies.”
Job search tips
Open positions are posted on WorkPEI, Indeed, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Murphy’s Pharmacy website under Join Our Team.
“When applying, personalize your application, research the company, and be familiar with the position you are applying for. Your resumé should include your skills, work experience, and education that pertains to the position your are applying for. Do not include marital status, religion, age, or picture. Keep it to one page if possible. Highlight your strengths and the experience that ties into the job you are applying for and be specific about your accomplishments.
“Employers look for people who are punctual, and show initiative, and an eagerness to learn. When coming for an interview, be just a little bit early. Look directly at the interviewer when you talk to them. Be attentive.”
“The first step after we read the resumé is a pre-screen: a short phone call to get an idea about your experience, interest in the position, availability, and how you would fit the position.
“The resumé and notes from the pre-screen are forwarded to the Hiring Manager, who will reach out by phone or email to schedule an interview. Sometimes, emails go into junk mail, so be sure to check your junk mail daily to make sure you don’t miss an invitation to an interview.
“During the interview, answer the questions honestly. Be ready to talk about a work conflict and emphasize how you resolved it. The interviewer is looking for your judgment, decision-making and teamwork skills. If you are asked to tell about yourself, keep it professional. If you are asked why you are interested in the position, the interviewer is trying to gauge your enthusiasm and how well you understand the job description. After the interview, follow up with a thank you note.
“We follow up the interview with reference checks. Be ready with a few references from former supervisors. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, list a supervisor in a volunteer role, or a teacher. Make sure your references are aware you are sharing their name, so they are prepared to speak about you when we call.”