Career Agencies at Accelerate Your Career

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Accelerate Your Career 2012

Career Serving Agencies

10–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-In

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

As well as programs, resume help and career conversations, representatives from some local career serving agencies available to answer questions about their career and employment services. Come chat with friendly staff from the following agencies:

Bow Valley College Career Connection

"Our Career and Employment Assistance Resource Centres offer self-directed and directed services that include access to computers, the internet, fax, printer, telephone and copier as well as extensive resources on the labour market, job search, résumé/cover letter/portfolio and self-employment.

Career Coaches are available for support with résumé development/critique, mock interviews and
job search techniques. In addition, for clients that require more assistance with their job search and
career planning goals, a collaborative process between the individual and Career Coach will be provided,
with a focus on developing an action plan."

CCIS Career and Employment Services

"Most newcomers arrive in Alberta with high levels of education, experience, and expertise. However, many are unfamiliar with the local labour market and uncertain of how to secure employment in their professional fields. CCIS Employment Services provides its clients the necessary knowledge, support, and training so that they can initiate a job search process. Career counselors assess clients' experience and credentials and create customized action plans which include: goal setting, resume preparation, introduction to Canadian workplace culture, and job interview skills. The priority of counselors is to give newcomers the capability to find employment and begin a new career path here in Alberta."

Centre for Newcomers Employment Services

"If you are new to Canada, and trying to make a successful transition to employment in Calgary, the Centre for Newcomers can assist you with career and employment planning.

The Centre's professional career practitioners specialize in helping people with international training, education or work experience succeed in the Calgary labour market.

The Centre's training programs provide opportunities to develop your employability and communication
skills, while you train for a new occupation or further develop professional skill in your previous occupation."

Immigrant Access Fund

"An IAF loan can help if you are a newcomer and struggling to pay for the costs of the Canadian
accreditation or training you need so you can work in your pre-immigration career.

Loans are available to immigrants who do any type of work. People who receive IAF loans are both
skilled workers and professionals."


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Basement Room #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

Company and Employer Research

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Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Company and Employer Research
1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area •
Register online or call 403-260-2620


On Saturday, May 12th, the Central Library is hosting its annual all-day Accelerate Your Career Event. Join us on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Central Library our Company and Employer Research program. Janice Parker, Information Specialist at the Calgary Public Library, answers a few questions about the importance of research during any job search:

Janice Parker, Calgary Public Library

1. Why is research important for job seekers?

Doing your homework when you are looking for work or going to an interview can save you time, trouble and increase your chances of getting the right job. Most Calgary employers fully expect that potential candidates will have done their homework and can confidently show a hiring manager, in their cover letter, resumé, and during any interviews, that they have a clear understanding of the employer and the job and why they are the right person for a position.

2. What types of research can help someone looking for a new job?

Once you really know what type of work you would like to be doing, you need to narrow down the types of employers or workplaces that would suit you best. Do you want to work for the government? Small, medium or large company? Non-profit organization? Which industry and work culture or environment? Figuring out the answers to these (very individual) questions will help you better target your job search and write cover letters and resumés that are more likely to catch the eyes of hiring managers.

If you get called for an interview, you had better do your research. Not only do you want to find out as much as possible about the employer, including being aware of any recent new items related to the employer or the industry, you also want to research any people working there already—particularly the person or people conducting the interview.

3. This sounds like a lot of work. Is it difficult?

Career experts always tell us that finding a job is more difficult and time-consuming than keeping a job. While the Internet has made it much easier to do this research, most people aren't trained researchers and may not know what information they should look for and how to find it. However, there are many tools online and elsewhere that make this type of research easy once you know where to look. Fortunately, you don't need to be an expert to learn how best to research the right job, the right employer, and how to impress during an interview. This is a huge part of the service we offer at the Calgary Public Library: assisting job seekers with their research.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? Albert Einstein


Janice Parker has been helping job seekers with their research needs for over fifteen years at the Calgary Public Library.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Bsmt Rm #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

Death of the Business Card?

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As part of our Accelerate Your Career event on Saturday, May 12th, the Central Library welcomes Troy Deck, Manager of MNP as he presents an afternoon session on Power Networking from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. You'll learn to enhance your networking skills before, during and after events to build your confidence and success. As a teaser, we asked Troy to answer some popular questions:

1. Troy Deck, MNPTroy, what do you think is the single most important thing to do before heading into a networking event?

Great question. Make sure to answer a few key questions, including:

  • Why am I going to this event?
  • What do I hope to get out of it?
  • Who do I want to meet and why?
  • How can I help them?
  • How can they help me?
  • What are the next steps?

I believe that it is really important to be strategic when networking and to define goals, targets, and outcomes. Avoid "selling" and instead engage people, be interested in who they are, and see if there are possible synergies.

2. Are business cards still being used? (note: we have heard from 20 year olds that they aren’t) and is there still a role for them?

Although technology has come a long way with the Internet, social media, Facebook, Twitter and the like, business cards can still play a strong role in networking and business today. We do not always have access to the Internet, our phones, or other devices. In addition, not all target audiences are tech savvy and many of the online mediums are ever evolving and changing in popularity. As a result, business cards are a way to drive traffic to you, via phone, web page, Twitter or Facebook, allowing the person to choose how they want to contact or get to know you.

3. Do you suggest that networkers immediately connect with new contacts on LinkedIn?

In my opinion LinkedIn is a great tool to build your network, get to know people and discover information in user groups and generally "plug-in" to people and businesses. That being said, like any other tool users need to decide how they are going to use it and for what purpose. For example, without creating a relationship with a new contact, it is difficult to ask for a reference or do business because there is no pre-existing relationship or trust. So, random connections to random people whom I don't know have little value unless I am willing to put time and effort into "connecting."


Troy Deck is a Manager with MNP’s Consulting team. Troy is currently involved with multiple MNP training initiatives, including the Self-Employment Program, and his current areas of focus are: Facilitation, Market Research and Analysis, Business and Strategic Planning.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Bsmt Rm #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

6.25 seconds is all you have with hiring managers

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"Your résumé has just seconds to make its mark." Globe and Mail

Only 6.25 seconds, apparently. So how can you make sure your resume gets in the "yes" pile instead of the recycling bin? Come book a half-hour session with one of the volunteer library Career Coaches to get some knowledgable advice on how to make your resume the best it can be.

"Your resumé and cover email or letter highlight your skills, accomplishments, experience, education and training. Their purpose is to make a strong first impression on an employer so that you get asked to an interview." Alberta Learning Information Services

Resume Help

Saturday, May 12, 2012

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Central Library

Preregister by calling 403-260-2782 for a half-hour session to go over your resume with an experienced Career Coach.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Basement Room #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

Interview Strategies and Techniques: Accelerate Your Career

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On Saturday, May 12th, the Central Library is hosting its annual Accelerate Your Career event. Local career consultant Brian Lambier will be presenting the Brian Lambier, Career VitalityInterview Strategies and Techniques program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where you will learn how to WOW prospective employers with your knowledge, preparation and "fit." We asked Brian a few questions about current interviewing trends:

1. Is it true that the decision on whether or not to hire a candidate is often decided in first 40 seconds of the interview?

A skilled, experienced interviewer who understands the position and the type of person they are looking for will sometimes have a “gut feeling” about interview candidates fairly quickly but their experience tells them to keep an open mind for the remainder of the interview.

2. How important is it to bring your own questions to the interview?

Extremely important! Interview candidates should consider the interview as an opportunity to learn more about the position and organization and to determine if the position is the right fit for them.

3. Are phone and Skype interviews becoming more common?

Employers certainly will conduct interviews using telephones or messaging systems like Skype. This method of interviewing may be used for the first interview in a multi-interview process or if the candidate is unable to meet in person due to time or geographical constraints. Meeting in person is always an employer’s first choice whenever possible.


Brian Lambier is the owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary, Alberta and specializes in career and retirement transition coaching and corporate training. He can be reached at (403) 978-9134 or brian@careervitality.ca. He will be presenting his interview program during our all-day Accelerate Your Career Event held on Saturday, May 12, at the Central Library. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Bsmt Rm #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking

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Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking
10:15–12:15pm • Basement Room #2 •
Register online or call 403-260-2620


 

Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking is a popular program offered at the library in partnership with Bow Valley College (BVC) Career Connection. We asked Jill, a BVC Career Coach who will be presenting the program during our all-day Accelerate Your Career 2012 event, a few questions about how social networking can be used to find work.


 

Jill Nikiforuk, BVC Career Connection1. Why is it important that job seekers embrace social media?

Social media can boost the job search process by adding exponential value to the all-important networking component of job searching. Networking is the number one way to find a new job opportunity! Job seekers can very easily reach out to and research potential networking contacts through social media before making face-to-face contact. Social media also gives the job seeker access to vital information from the industries and companies of interest. While social media is most useful as a networking and informational tool for job seekers, many employers also post jobs this way—with Twitter being the best place to find up-to-date job postings.

2. Can you tweet your way to a job in Calgary?

Yes! This micro-blogging type of social media can boost the job search process. Twitter allows job seekers to follow experts in their field and to follow companies they are interested in, which in turn, keeps them up-to-date in their target industries. Job seekers can also professionally contribute to twitter conversations that can draw positive attention from potential employers. It is very impressive in an interview if a candidate can show that she or he has been following the latest news a company has posted.

3. How are employers using LinkedIn to find candidates?

Employers are using keywords to search potential candidates on LinkedIn. This allows recruiters and hiring managers to pre-screen candidates and search potential employees worldwide. (Like resumes, LinkedIn profiles should be laden with keywords that describe career-specific skills and personal characteristics.) LinkedIn profiles also can be more detailed than a two-page resumé, therefore giving additional information to hiring personnel.


 

Jill Nikiforuk is a Career Coach at Career Connection, Bow Valley College who offers guidance for career planning, and teaches clients how to sharpen their job search marketing tools and skills. Career Connection is a free career service for all under-employed and unemployed Albertans.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Bsmt Rm #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

Atelier de Recherche d’Emploi, en Français

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Couvrez les éléments essentiels de la rédaction d’un CV et des techniques de recherche d’emploi avec un conseiller en emploi bilingue de Connexion Carrière: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saddletowne Library.

Nous avons posé quelques questions à Connexion Carrière avant leur premier atelier de recherche d'emploi en français à la Bibliothèque publique de Calgary.

1.Parallèlement à tous les services en français que vous offrez à Connexion Carrière, nous avons noté que vous avez un babillard d'offres d'emploi. Avez-vous noté une augmentation des offres d'emplois bilingues dernièrement ?

Oui, nous avons constaté un léger accroissement du volume des postes bilingues à Calgary au cours des derniers mois, probablement en ligne avec l'activité générale du marché du travail local. Cependant, il est important de noter que même si parler français est un atout, en particulier dans le secteur du service à la clientèle, avoir un bon niveau d'anglais est primordial pour pouvoir trouver du travail !

2. Comment aidez-vous ceux qui veulent améliorer leurs compétences en anglais?

À Connexion Carrière, nous offrons quotidiennement à nos clients des classes d'anglais axées sur la communication liée à l'emploi. Cela les aide à acquérir les compétences et la confiance nécessaires pour trouver et conserver un emploi. Sinon, nous les référons à des programmes tels que ceux offerts dans le réseau des bibliothèques publiques de Calgary, et nous les encourageons à chercher activement des occasions de pratiquer (Groupes de conversation, activités sociales, volontariat...).

3. Quelle est votre implication avec le nouveau Centre Genesis dans le Nord-est?

Grâce à l'initiative 1000 Voices, les fournisseurs de services francophones ont maintenant l'opportunité de se rapprocher des communautés du Nord-est. Chaque mercredi, un conseiller en emploi de Connexion Carrière est disponible au Centre Genesis pour offrir des services d'aide à la recherche d'emploi, en français. C'est une opportunité fantastique pour les résidents francophones locaux de trouver du soutien dans la langue qu'ils préfèrent.
Additionnellement, nous offrons des ateliers de recherche de emploi. Le prochain sera à la bibliothèque publique au Centre Genesis, et les participants auront l'occasion de couvrir les éléments essentiels de la rédaction de CV et les stratégies de recherche d'emploi avec un conseiller en emploi bilingue.

To register for this program, Register online or call 403-260-2620.

(English version)

We asked Connexion Carrière a few questions prior to their first French language career workshop at the Calgary Public Library: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saddletowne Library.

1. Along with the comprehensive career services offered in French at Connexion Carriere, we noticed that you have a job board. Are bilingual positions on the increase in Calgary?

Yes, we have seen a slight increase of bilingual positions in Calgary during the last few months, probably in line with the general activity of the local labour market. However, it is important to notice that even though speaking French is an asset, especially in the customer service industry, having a good level of English skills is really a must for anyone's employability!

2. How do you help those wanting to improve their English skills?

We offer at Connexion Carriere daily English Communication Classes to our clients. This helps them acquire the skills and the confidence necessary to secure and maintain employment. Alternatively, we refer them to programs such as the ones offered in the network of Calgary Public Libraries, and we encourage them to actively look for opportunities to practice (conversation groups, socially, volunteering...).

3. What is your involvement with the new Genesis Centre in the Northeast?

Through the 1000 voices initiative, the Francophone service providers now have a chance to get closer to the Nord-East communities. Every Wednesday, a career coach is available to offer basic employment services, in French, at the Genesis center. This is a fantastic opportunity for local francophone residents to find support in the language they prefer. Additionally, we will be offering employment related workshops. the next one will be at the public library in the Genesis Center, and participants will have a chance to review and exchange on the essentials of CV writing and job search strategies with a bilingual career coach.

To register for this program, Register online or call 403-260-2620. Calgary Public Library also have several free English as a Second Language programs, including the popular Coffee and Conversation and ESL Conversation Clubs. See our online registration guide for more information.

The New and the Next

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Emerging Trends in Career Marketing, Job Search, Networking and Hiring Strategies

Last October, more than 250 career professionals from Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. met in live and virtual events to brainstorm best practices, innovations, trends, new programs, new processes, and other observations that are currently impacting, and projected to impact, global employment, job search, and career management.

As a sponsor of the Brainstorming Day, the Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA) hosted a brainstorming event at the 2011 Calgary Ignite Your Passion conference. Attendees discussed three questions:

  • What is the current situation? (The Now)
  • What is just starting to emerge? (The New)
  • Where are we headed? (The Next).

The answers gathered from all events are contained in the recently released Career Thought Leaders Consortium White Paper. This presentation will summarize the paper with a focus on emerging (The New) and future (The Next) ideas.

Join Sandra Hébert as she discusses these trends on Friday, April 20th from 11:45 to 1:00 on the Third Floor of the Central Library, as part of our continuing series of Lunch and Learn career programs , in conjunction with the Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA).

The New and the Next
Emerging Trends in Career Marketing, Job Search, Networking and Hiring Strategies
Friday, April 20, 2012

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Third Floor, Central Library

616 Macleod Trail SE

no registration is required

Sandra Hébert is a career development professional with 12 years experience facilitating and designing Alberta Human Services workshops. Sandra is a long-time Career CDAA member and holds the CCDP designation. She is interested in social and multi-media for career marketing and recruitment.

In-Situ Industry Players in Calgary's Energy Sector

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At a recent Strategic Networking evening at the Central Library, participants asked facilitator Debbie Mastel more about In Situ players in Calgary's energy sector. She described the two most common ways of getting oil out of the oil sands: SAGD technology or open pit mining. SAGD Technology (Steam Assisted Gravitational Drainage) projects, also know as in situ projects, extract bitumen that is trapped too far below the Earth's surface to mine. Two horizontal wells are drilled beside each other and steam is injected into the bitumen reservoir using the top well. As a result, the thick, tarry bitumen melts, allowing it to flow to the surface through the other well. The process uses well pads, which helps eliminate the severe clear-cutting necessary for mining.

Debbie's employer, Devon, only has SAGD operations. As a result, she compiled this list of in-situ industry players to identify key players. Her job as a recruiter is very similar to a job seeker's. Says Debbie, "Job seekers need to know the companies that are in their industry and then target them for positions. I do the same thing but in reverse. I look at our competitors and then approach their employees to find out if they know of anyone who’s looking for a new opportunity."

To further research Calgary's energy sector, the Calgary Public Library carries the Canadian Oil Register. This popular directory is the foremost reference publication for detailed information on oil and gas and other industry-related companies, their key personnel, products and services, financial and operational statistics.

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