Get free help at the Okotoks Employment Centre

Posted by on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at 2:23pm.

 

Okotoks residents aged 15 and older looking for work are always welcome to check out the Okotoks Career and Employment Centre at 87 Elizabeth Street.

It’s just one of the many employment centres located throughout the provinces, offering a variety of services to Albertans looking for a new career or embarking on a job hunt.

Whether you need to refresh your resume, write a compelling cover letter, learn how to fill out applications on-line, check out the library or use a computer or fax machine, the Okotoks Career and Employment Centre is there to help.  Individual counselling is available or you may want to consider joining the job club to network with other people who are also looking for employment in the Okotoks area.

Come in anytime

Services and resources for those who want to drop-in include:

  • Listings of local opportunities in “job binders”.
  • Self-help publications with topics like Starting your Own Business, Career Planning, Education and How to Start your Job Search
  • First-come first-served access to computers, printers, copier, fax machine, scanner and telephone should you need one.
  • Newspapers and community newsletters

Book a free appointment

Think you might like an hour session with a career coach?  Call ahead for a one-on-one discussion where an employment coach can help you.

  • Review your resume to see if it needs updating
  • Check the content of your resume to customize it for specific career paths
  • Get assistance on how to write a killer cover letter
  • Learn how to effectively use your time while searching for a job
  • Prepare for potential interviews
  • Get information on how you can get funding and tuition for education courses
  • Be introduced to hundreds of types of jobs that you may not have considered
  • Brainstorm whether you should go back to school
  • Create an action plan and set goals

Update your computer skills

If working on a computer hasn’t been part of your training or job history, get comfortable with it at the Okotoks Employment Centre.  Book time for a personal session on a computer. The employment centre has a subscription for excellent tutorials on the Lynda.com website.  The centre also provides access to an on-line career tool which will help you determine:

  • Skills, abilities and unexplored interests
  • Core values in regards to work
  • Compatible career avenues
  • Gaps and opportunities in education or further training.

Ongoing Workshops

Events and workshops are held regularly at employment centres throughout South Alberta at no cost to you.  Workshop topics include:

  • Updating your resume - A little refresh of your current resume may put your skills and accomplishments in a new light.  The goal is to get your resume on the top of the pile on the desk of a potential employer.  A concise resume in a modern format with a targeted cover letter will help get you in the door.
  • Using the Internet (Basic to Intermediate) - On-line job searches can be tricky. Workshops are available that will teach you the basics like how to use Google effectively right up to finding jobs in a hidden market.
  • How to give a good interview - There are many kinds of interviews and you need to be prepared for the questions, understand interview etiquette and how to appropriately follow-up after the interview is done.

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