As summer is well under way, many young people have settled into their summer jobs and are learning new skills to prepare them for future jobs.
While youth ages 16 and up tend to find employment, those under 16 can struggle to be hired. Whether it is the lack of experience or transportation, or the requirement of a child work permit, younger youth tend to be passed over for employment opportunities and the jobs given to older individuals.
Sometimes the barrier facing youth employment is a good resumé. Knowing what to include (and what not to include) on a resumé can be difficult. Some jobs require a cover letter as well, and this can be a daunting task for a youth who has never written a cover letter before.
The Manitoba Youth Job Centre is open in the summer for the purposes of helping youth with employment.
Young people ages 12 to 29 are encouraged to come to our office to work on resumé writing, cover letters and interview preparation. We have resources available to put together the first draft of a resumé, and we can help cater resumes to specific jobs.
As well, programs such as the Manitoba Youth Job Centre’s Odd Job Squad have been put in place to offer casual work experience and instruction to youth ages 12 to 16.
Throughout the summer, we have had a pizza sale, strawberry pick, barbecues, a donut drive and Yard-a-Thon. These events have been opportunities for youth to gain work experience in sales, customer service and light manual labour.
Odd Job Squad members learn the responsibility of gathering and filling sales orders, handling cash and food, and delivering good customer service. These experiences help them to understand what is required of an employee, and help to prepare them for the future workforce.
Our final upcoming event this summer will be a Work-a-Thon, taking place Aug. 4-8.
This will be an opportunity for youth to have some casual work experience that they can put on their resumé. It will also be an opportunity for homeowners and business owners to hire a youth for a short period of time, and see the benefits of youth in the workplace.
Persons interested in hiring an Odd Job Squad member can contact Kelsey Jennings at the Brandon Manitoba Youth Job Centre to place a work order, and we’ll schedule an appointment.
Requests can be submitted by phone at 204-726-6199 or by email to Kelsey.Jennings@gov.mb.ca. Please submit any requests by Aug. 1 in order to guarantee an appointment.
If you are a youth seeking assistance with a resumé or cover letter, contact us today to set up an appointment. We would love to help you portray your best qualities to potential employers.
Alternatively, if you are seeking a youth up to age 29 to fill a part-time or full-time position in your company, you can contact Kelsey or Stephanie with the Manitoba Youth Job Centre at the same number. We have enthusiastic, eager youth looking for job opportunities.
Youth can be an asset to the workplace, bringing new ideas and new ways of thinking. Supporting local youth by giving them employment opportunities helps them in their future work endeavours.
By giving youth a little responsibility today, you can prepare them for greater responsibility in the future.
» Kelsey Jennings is on staff at the Manitoba Youth Job Centre