With summer break fast approaching, the Manitoba Youth Job Centre is seeing an influx of young people who are looking for employment, in particular summer employment.
The job centre provides a number of services to youth in the community, such as free resumé, cover letter and interview preparation, in addition to a referral service that helps youth between the ages of 16 to 29 find employment. The centre also helps employers who are looking to hire.
After hearing about the centre through his sister Erica, who utilized services of the centre last year, Carson Perreaux came to the Manitoba Youth Job Centre optimistic about finding a summer position that he would enjoy. Prior to visiting the centre, Carson submitted his resumé to a few employers; however, no one was hiring.
Searching for employment and in particular summer employment can be difficult for youth. The centre focuses on trying to help youth who are having difficulty finding employment and are unsure where to find employment opportunities.
After filling out a registration form, the centre was able to find Carson a job at Mulligan’s Driving Range and Practice Centre, which had previously placed a job order with the centre.
With a few days under his belt, Carson is pleased with the position that the centre found him.
“The experience I am having at the job I got is fantastic, it fits my schedule and it’s a job that I enjoy doing,” he said.
In order to utilize the referral system, youth are encouraged to fill out a registration form that can take as little as five minutes. The form includes basic information and a section that specifies what type of employment the individual is seeking.
Once the form is filled out, the youth engagement leaders contact employers to find a position that fits the type of employment the youth has identified that they would be interested working in. Once a position has been identified and the youth expresses an interest in the position, the centre then notifies and refers the youth to the employer.
In addition to the referral system, the resumé and cover letter preparation is another popular service utilized by youth at the centre. Prior to submitting his cover letter and resumé to Mulligan’s, Carson brought both items to the centre.
“The cover letter and resumé coaching helped me a lot. It helped my manager get to know who I really was, and once I left, he knew lots about me and was comfortable to hire me based on my resume and the 15-minute interview that I had.”
Often youth may not have experience creating a resumé, and are unable to identify skills that they may not realize that they have. The centre helps them to identify those skills and reflect them in their resumés.
In addition to this, it is important to tailor a resumé for the job that you are applying for. If you are applying for a lawn-care specialist, you would not want to highlight the same skills if you were applying for a child-care assistant position.
If you are between the ages of 12 to 29 looking for employment opportunities, resumé, cover letter or interview preparation, the Manitoba Youth Job Centre is open for the summer. The centre also offers job experience for ages 12 to 16 through the Odd Job Squad.
Also, if you are an employer with vacant positions to fill, call the centre.
You may contact the Brandon centre at 204-726-6199, visit us at 127-340 Ninth St. or email us at Stephanie.Bachewich2@gov.mb.ca or Kelsey.Jennings@gov.mb.ca.
» Stephanie Bachewich is a youth engagement leader at the Manitoba Youth Job Centre in Brandon.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 21, 2014