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All About Employment in Victoria, BC

Welcome to yyjworks

My goal with this site is to provide a really useful resource for job seekers in Victoria, British Columbia. Sure there are other aggregating services that will deliver job postings to you but I'm local and in tune with YYJ's unique employment challenges and environment - I think you'll find YYJWorks has a lot to offer. If you'd like to let me know about obstacles you've encountered while looking for work (or workers) in Victoria feel free to use this response form.

YYJWorks – at your service

Posted By on April 11, 2017

I thought that spring was here – based on the blue skies and blossoms I captured recently (see below) – but now it has turned cloudy, rainy and chilly again. However, that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for online jobseeking on your behalf. I like to simply add to this post rather than overwrite earlier entries so to skip to how to use YYJWorks just click on this getting started link. Have a darned fine (if damp and dreary) job hunting day.


For the nuts and bolts of how to use YYJWorks skip down to the rest of this post below the horizontal line.

{Post below is from January 2016 but the instructions for how to use YYJWorks still apply.}

Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by YYJWorks. I am pondering the idea of starting a ‘job finding club’ here in Victoria (to learn more about what that is see A New Approach Using an Old Technique—Job Finding Clubs: Tips for your 21st Century Job Search). If you think that is something you might be interested in please leave a comment below or email me at susanzmartin at yyjworks dot com. If using online resources is more your thing (although of course you can do both) read on!


If you are looking for work in Victoria your first stop should be the list of jobs closing in the upcoming week (what I call the ‘fresh sheet’ – typically it comes out 2-3 times a week). You may also find the list of jobs closing in the current month or the list of jobs that close after this current month (or have no closing date specified) helpful. Here’s a general guide to using YYJWorks.

If you’re just getting started with the Job Search process you might find my series on ‘Pumping up your Job Search Readiness‘ helpful and if you are new to Victoria you may find my recently completed and updated series on Victoria’s biggest employers informative. If you’re planning on moving to Victoria here are some ideas on how to get to know Victoria from afar. Finally, if you’d like to let me know about your challenges – whether as a job seeker or an employer looking to hire in Victoria – use this response form.

Recently I’ve written some articles on LinkedIn – you might find them helpful:

 

fountain in back

Fountain in the rear of the Parliament Buildings

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On May 15, 2015 I will have been running this blog for four years. I’ll be frank – I haven’t done much with it and have taken the path of least resistance by continuing to do the same old same old and not innovating or trying anything challenging or risky. But that’s going to change in 2015.

This year I have what I am calling my ‘4-3-2-1’ ignition goals and they are all about YOU – helping YOU find (better) employment in Victoria, helping to bring you up to speed on the truth about the employment situation in our fair city, engaging you so that we can use the power of community to assist as many job seekers as possible and shaking things up a bit by discussing issues that are typically left out of the conversation about employment/job search. Here are the outcomes I am hoping for:

  • 4 likes per week for the YYJWorks Facebook page, 4 likes per week on any page/post on YYJWorks website
  • 3 posts per week on the site (with links on FB)
  • 2 new Twitter followers per day
  • 1 person per week downloading the Job Search Readiness PDF

Each page now has a Like button – if you find something you enjoy on the site please take the time to Like the page and share with other job seekers. Check out the Facebook page and if you’re not following me on Twitter (@YYJWorks) please think about doing so.

YYJWorks – helping you find work in Victoria, BC

Posted By on November 5, 2014

Welcome to YYJWorks – I hope I can be of assistance to you in your job search. I’m now back from Uppsala, Sweden, (I got back to Canada on July 27, 2014) where I spent two years doing a master’s in International Health. I am also now in the same situation as many of you reading this – looking for a job. However, I am very fortunate in that I have lots of options and some resources to fall back on that mean I can spend some time (at least a few months) exploring to find a good fit and of course enjoying being back in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

Although I have ambitious plans for YYJWorks at this point nothing has changed so the advice below still holds. Good luck with your job search.

If you’re looking for job listings you’ve got a few choices:

If it’s other things you’re looking for feel free to explore jobseeker resources, networking ideas and articles on a variety of subjects in the posts section (accessible in the column on the left hand side of the page). If you’re interested in being notified when the fresh sheet comes out each day simply follow me on Twitter by clicking on the follow button in the top right hand corner of this page.
(November 5, 2014 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

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I’ve added this lovely photo of Victoria’s natural beauty not just so you can ‘pin’ my website but also because I think it is a really good metaphor for employment in the city. Because you may not realize it but this photo is not of a Garry Oak meadow but is actually a snapshot of an electrical box in my neighbourhood. Yes, even here in Lotus Land not everything is as it seems and you need a job – you can’t live on air after all.

The first three months of 2012 are nearly over and big changes are on the way for me. In September 2012 I will begin a Master’s in Public Health in Sweden. I am pretty sure that I will be attending Uppsala University since I have been admitted there but there is still, I’m guessing, a small chance I could also be admitted to the Karolinska Institute’s program where I am on a waitlist. I’ll be leaving Canada at the end of June since accommodation is notoriously hard to find in Sweden’s ‘university towns’ and I want to get a jump on the arriving hordes. Stay tuned for more news.

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Welcome to 2012. The job I mentioned in the paragraph below has slid from 25 hours a week to 15 and so I’ve now got more time to devote to this blog and other projects. I’m going to make a commitment to do a post every Friday by 9:00 pm Pacific Time (or else have a damn good excuse why I didn’t) as well as the fresh sheet every weekday. I may even join Facebook (should I or has Google+ made it obsolete?) – love to have your opinion on that if you’d care to comment below or send me an email at susan at yyjworks dot com. I’m also going to get back into tweeting. (January 6, 2012)

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I’ve left my earlier introduction below although much of it no longer applies. I now have my own domain and although the blog isn’t perfect I’m pretty pleased with it. There are ads from our friends (they are our friends aren’t they?) at Google to try and at least recoup hosting costs. In the middle of August I’m starting a ‘real’ job that will probably be 3.5 days per week. That will of course cut into the time I can spend on this blog but despite that I do hope to expand the site by adding editorial content on a variety of issues and static pages on topics like Victoria’s biggest employers and the essential tools that every 21st century job hunter should have in their tackle box. Stay tuned. (July 29, 2011)

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Welcome to my humble blog. I hope that you’ll find it useful and that you’ll tell all your Victoria-resident (or Victoria-bound) job-hunting friends about it. After getting started, both with this blog and with blogging in general, with Blogger I’ve left that platform and made the move to WordPress. This move was partially prompted by Blogger’s recent day-long outage as well as a desire to learn WordPress. Of course blogs taking advantage of WordPress.com‘s free service can’t have ads so monetization will have to wait. But perhaps this is for the best – let’s see if I can build a following and some steady traffic before I invest in the admittedly low cost option of going it on my own.

Most of this blog is built around pages but I’ll add more bloggy (meaning real-time, reactive and interactive posts rather than more static information) content as we go. Hope you visit often (although ideally I’ll be so successful at helping you find work that you will come back out of interest rather than because you’re still searching for a job). (May 19, 2011)

Responding to an ‘Employment Challenge’ submitted by a YYJWorks Visitor (Part 2 of 3)

Posted By on June 11, 2017

Let’s resume our systematized approach to the job search process which I have translated into the acronym SPEAK (here’s Part 1).

To recap SPEAK stands for:

  • Set SMART overarching goals
  • Prioritize and probe facets of goals
  • Explore and evaluate
  • Actions arrived at
  • Knowledge is key, know and acknowledge – your skills, your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, the local economy, reality (!)

By this point you should have set your SMART overarching goal and prioritized and probed its facets. You should have a sheet of paper with your goal split into pieces and columns where you have brainstormed alternative terms for key words. For example if you are interested in a job in food services you could put down terms like kitchen, dining, barista, waiter, banquet, dietary which would help you find jobs that might be of interest that you might overlook if you searched with just a single term like ‘food’.

‘E’ is for explore and evaluate

Open up your browser and go to the bulletins page on YYJworks – this is where you’ll find a list of jobs closing in the current month and those closing after the current month or with no closing date given. Typically these two ‘sheets’ put together total between 450 and 500 postings (but may represent many more jobs since some postings will have multiple openings available). Start searching the page – using the find function in your browser – using the keywords you have identified above. It’s probably easiest to create a spreadsheet or table to store what you find (to begin with you probably need to just create eight columns – keyword searched, job title, URL, closing date, company, salary/wage, location and notes). For this first step just fill in the first five columns. When you save the document include the date on which you searched in the file name.

Keep searching through the bulletins page using the search function of your browser until you aren’t finding any new jobs with your keywords or until you’ve got a number of jobs that you’re satisfied with (obviously this is going to depend on what you are looking for – hospitality jobs as the summer season approaches will be plentiful whereas jobs for teachers may be thin on the ground at that time).

Now go to each job posting individually by putting the URL into the address bar of your browser and fill in the rest of the spreadsheet (I suggested wage, location and notes columns but based on what your overarching goal is you might want to add to or change these – i.e. if you are looking for part time work does the posting indicate that this is a part time position? If you can’t be on your feet all day is this a job you can do?). Lastly, create a column for overall score at the end and give the job a score between 1-10 with 1 being completely unsuitable and 10 being a perfect fit for you.

Carry on with this exercise filling in each row. Resist the urge to discard jobs at this point. Once the spreadsheet is complete you are ready to move on to the evaluation stage. Re-order the spreadsheet using the sort function so that those jobs with the highest ‘suitability’ score are at the top of the sheet. The top 5 (or however many you have decided to apply to each week) are going to be those that you evaluate rigorously. This serves two purposes – figuring out if this organization is actually a good fit for you and also prepares you for putting together a ‘stand out’ application package. (Note that if you are simply looking for a job to keep food on the table for tomorrow you can skip this process and use a different scoring criteria such as which job do I think has the winning combination of job-I-can-do, job-I-can-get, pay is acceptable and I can start immediately).

Here are some techniques for exploring the organizations and the individual jobs more fully:

  • Go to sites like LinkedIn and GlassDoor to look for details on the organizations
  • If you can find the names of the executive team look for them on LinkedIn
  • Go to Google news and look for any articles about both the company and any executive team members you have identified
  • For some information on the job itself go to the federal list of occupations and drill down until you find a matching job title – it can be a bit confusing to figure out in which category a job might be find so first go to the National Occupational Classification site and search by job title

What you’re doing with this evaluation process is looking at how well the organization offering the job as well as the actual job itself fit with what you have identified in your overarching goal statement. Use this more in-depth evaluation process to ‘reality check’ the ranking that you’ve given to your top five or ten jobs to see if you’ve discovered something that adjusts their score. If any of them have fallen out of the top five or ten replace them with those from lower down and repeat the process until you have 5-10 you are satisfied with.

And that’s where I’m going to close for now. I thought that I could do this in two parts but it is getting too long and unwieldy. Part 3 will come in a few weeks (likely around the July 1 holiday weekend) and at that time I’ll put all three parts together into a PDF for you to use at your leisure.

Responding to an ‘Employment Challenge’ submitted by a YYJWorks Visitor (Part 1 of 3)

Posted By on May 28, 2017

A couple of weeks ago a YYJWorks visitor used the employment challenge form (submit your own Employment Challenge) to let me know about their current employment challenge. Alice* said that they were looking for work as an ESL teacher or a position in an office especially with bookkeeping duties/tasks. Alice was flexible and said she was interested in part time, contract or full time work. Rather than respond to her personally I thought I’d share my response here on the site in the hope that it can help lots of people who might be searching for work. I’ll split the post into three parts – the first going up today (Sunday, May 28, 2017), the second in mid-June and the third near the end of June 2017 (or the first week in July depending on my school work load).

*Not her real name

SPEAK to make your job search heard

I love acronyms so I came up with one for the process I’m going to suggest to Alice. The acronym is SPEAK and here is what each letter stands for:

  • Set SMART overarching goals
  • Prioritize and probe facets of goals
  • Explore and evaluate
  • Actions arrived at
  • Knowledge is key; know and acknowledge – your skills, your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, the local economy, reality (!)

Let’s get started!

S is for setting SMART overarching goals

I know, I know – I can hear the chorus out there – ‘Just help Alice find a job already!’. But Alice already gave me some clues in her email that just any job is not what she is looking for. She wants something to do with teaching ESL or working in an office/doing bookkeeping. If you are also looking for a job I’d like to suggest that unless you are absolutely desperate you should start by setting SMART goals for your job search.

SMART is (yet) another acronym. It is typically used with any kind of goal setting and the letters have different assigned associations depending on who you’re talking to. Here are the associations that I think work best with Alice’s (or anybody’s) job search:

  • S – specific
  • M – measurable
  • A – attainable
  • R – realistic
  • T – time bound

Start with your very simplest goal ‘To get a job so that I can continue to have a roof over my head’ and flesh it out/narrow it down to meet the SMART acronym. As you might have guessed I responded to Alice soon after her initial email and asked her some questions to help me get some ideas about her job search with SMART in mind. I don’t want to reveal too much about her specific situation here so I’ll just throw out some questions that you need to ask yourself. The last thing I’ll say is that since you ultimately CANNOT control the actual job awarding process (sorry to give you the bad news) some of the characteristics within SMART refer to the process not the outcome. So this is a hybrid goal where some of it refers to the job characteristics and other parts refer to the job search process.

Specific – this is probably the toughest part of this exercise since if we all knew already which job would match us perfectly, and thus be waiting for us – and only us – with open arms, we’d be so much further along with our job search. But some things to consider here are:

  • What is a deal breaker for you when it comes to a job – i.e. I refuse/am unable to: make sales cold calls, work anywhere that insists I wear a polyester uniform, work somewhere that is not accessible by public transit, work in an environment where I sit all day and can’t see anything but concrete from the windows.
  • Are there jobs that you physically cannot do?
  • Hours that you absolutely cannot or will not work?
  • Industries that you are morally opposed to?
  • Where geographically do you want to work (i.e. not in Sooke or on the Saanich Peninsula)?

You get the idea. Make a list.

Measurable – again, remember you are focusing on the job search process which, if executed persistently and efficiently, should result in you getting a job. So in terms of measurable you need to commit to submitting a certain number of applications per week.

Attainable – this can apply both to the process (what is a reasonable number of applications to submit per week and what is unattainable) as well as to the job characteristics (for example certain jobs simply do not exist here in Victoria – if you want to be like Homer Simpson and work in a nuclear power plant you are going to have to go somewhere else).

Realistic – keep your job definition realistic – if you set a wage or salary goal is it line with your experience in the field and what other people are making?

Time bound – again, look at this using both the job characteristics and job search lenses. You want to submit a certain number of applications over time and also have a goal for when you want to have obtained a job. Keep in mind that if you are looking for work in a field that is seasonal this may affect some of your goal setting.

How might I change Alice’s original statement – I might say something like.

“Submit 3 applications a week for administrative jobs (with an emphasis on accounting tasks) in companies located in Esquimalt, Victoria, Oak Bay or Saanich that pay at least $13/hour with the goal of landing a job within 3 months”

This specific goal can be used to winnow out unsuitable jobs. Your energy is limited as a jobseeker and the more carefully crafted job applications that disappear into the ether without any response the more demoralizing it becomes – so you need to be discerning with your applications. Also, as the 3 month deadline approaches you might need to re-adjust this goal to either make achieving it more likely (become less discerning or more prolific in your applications – or both) or give yourself more time. However, if you do the latter make sure that you are not just making excuses for not really trying. If you are having trouble staying motivated and are just going through the motions of applying for jobs that you know you have no chance of getting so that you can say that you sent 3 applications seek help (not professional but from someone who cares about you enough to give you a talking to).

Would love to hear your beginning and ‘SMART’ed up goal statements in the comments below. On to the next letter in the SPEAK acronym.

P is for prioritize and probe facets of your goal

Leave your goal alone for a little bit – maybe a day or two – and then return to probe and poke at it and prioritize its individual components. What I suggest is take a sheet of paper and turn it sideways (landscape rather than portrait) and write your goal across the top.

Let’s take Alice’s goal as an example.

“Submit 3 applications a week for administrative jobs (with an emphasis on accounting tasks) in companies located in Esquimalt, Victoria, Oak Bay or Saanich that pay at least $13/hour with the goal of landing a job within 3 months”

Begin by circling the parts of the goal that deal with the job characteristics and ranking them with 1 being the most important and going down from there (throw the ‘submit 3 applications per week’ on the end so you don’t forget it for the ‘probing’ activity). For example I might prioritize Alice’s goal as follows:

  1. Pay at least $13/hour
  2. Landing a job within 3 months
  3. Located in Esquimalt, Victoria, Oak Bay or Saanich
  4. Administrative job (with an emphasis on accounting tasks)
  5. Submit 3 applications per week

The purpose of prioritizing is to expose any parts of the goal that are mismatched. I think Alice’s goal is fine in this respect but here are some examples that might throw up red flags.

“Submit 3 applications a week for administrative jobs (with an emphasis on accounting tasks) in companies located within a 10 minute walk of Willows Beach that pay at least $13/hour with the goal of landing a job within 3 months”

Okay, that’s kind of a silly example but you get the idea. Within a 10 minute walk of Willows Beach there aren’t that many organizations that might have this kind of job. Whereas if you had said a 10 minute walk from the corner of Douglas and Yates or a 10 minute walk from Oak Bay junction you’d stand a much better chance. Similarly if the hourly wage was set at $16 in the original goal that would make it much harder to find a job within a short time frame when you are only offering a relatively common skill set. Lastly if the number of applications per week was lowered drastically (say to 3 per month) or the time to find a job decreased these would both be signs of a discordant goal.

You will also use the prioritize exercise to help you decide which jobs you should apply to if you have several to choose from. As mentioned earlier crafting job applications takes time and energy – don’t waste your applications on jobs that don’t hit all of your targets unless they can offer something very attractive – for example a job that doesn’t meet your pay requirement might be desirable if it is located close by so that you could walk to work or if it’s with a company you always wanted to work for.

Lastly draw lines vertically down the page to split your goal into columns (see image below). Then do a bit of brainstorming/probing and put ideas in the space below. For example Alice could put ‘Monday, Wednesday and Friday’ below the ‘3 applications a week’ part of the goal. Underneath the ‘administrative jobs’ part she could put some other terms for this that she could use in her job search; words like ‘clerk, clerical, secretary, word processing, correspondence, administrative assistant, executive assistant, filing’. She’d work through the goal coming up with ideas to both help in her job search as well as giving her some ideas about how to break down the quantified parts of her goal into smaller achievements.

 

Conclusion

That’s it for now, I’ll be back next Sunday with the rest of my advice for Alice – our intrepid jobseeker.

From Steadfastly Helpful to Side Hustle

Posted By on January 7, 2017

I said in a post on December 31, 2016 that I didn’t know where YYJWorks was heading in 2017. But now, a week later, I think I have more of an idea. I’m a huge fan of podcasts (okay, maybe actually I have a serious podcast addiction problem) and was excited when I heard about a new suite of podcasts coming from Panoply through a mini-episode of the Happier podcast from Gretchen Rubin (and her sister Elizabeth Craft). Although the ‘Radical Candor’ podcast sounds interesting the one that really piqued my interest was ‘Side Hustle School‘ from the down-to-earth but simultaneously inspiring Chris Guillebeau.

The appearance of this new daily (yes, DAILY – that’s a high bar to set and although the episodes are short – typically 6-10 minutes – that’s still a ton of work) podcast has confirmed for me that 2017 should be the year that I turn YYJWorks.com from a helpful resource for job seekers into one that helps me too – in terms of my bottom line. For those of you that don’t know (and why would you know!) I don’t make any money from this site (if you’d like to leave a bit of cash use the donation button off to the right). I’ve done it week in and week out since May 2011. Granted I don’t spend anywhere near as much time on it now as I did when I first launched it but still it does take effort.

Although Guillebeau’s new podcast has so far talked about fresh ventures I’m hoping that there might be some advice about how to take something from an existing (incomeless) hustle to one that makes a little bit of money. I know that there are people out there using the site and I think many would miss it if it was gone. I hope that I can design it so that a basic free service continues but that there are added value ‘products’ for sale.

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or drop me a line through this form. And if you want to develop your own side hustle check out Chris’s Side Hustle School podcast.

Tips for mature workers making career changes due to disability

Posted By on October 18, 2016

I’ve just published part 1 (of 4) in this series on LinkedIn. If you (or someone you know) are a mature – or not so mature – worker who has had to change careers due to a sudden-onset disability that made your old job impossible you’re sure to find this set of articles helpful. When I’ve written all four I’ll put them together into a PDF for download.

Upcoming events in July 2016 at GT Hiring

Posted By on July 3, 2016

If you are interested in learning more about working for the provincial government check out this upcoming event at GT Hiring’s Borden Street location. Just a week later (July 14), also at Borden Street, is an event where you can learn about training opportunities in Victoria. Big names like UVic, Camosun, Sprott Shaw and more will be in attendance.

Learn more about all the events at GT Hiring through their calendar which covers all three of their Victoria locations.

The Last (January) Haiku

Posted By on January 30, 2016

Wow—I don’t know where this first month of 2016 disappeared to. It has gone lightning fast. I had an interview on January 26, 2016, which was the inspiration for this haiku. Although I did not get this position just being given the chance to interview was a great morale booster. So, if you are struggling with the often demoralizing reality of being a 21st century job seeker take heart. Keep at it and you are likely to ‘score’ with at least an interview and eventually a job offer. As we head into the second month of 2016 I’m rooting for you.

Last Jan Haiku

Fridge Philosophy

Posted By on January 21, 2016

What does your refrigerator (the outside not what’s on the inside—that’s a discussion for another day on another website) say about your attitude toward life, where you’ve been and where you’re going? Here’s my fridge (at least from the waist up) and what the items on it mean to me.

half size fridge

First up, in the top left hand corner, is a treasured fridge magnet of Stockholm. This was given to me by classmate Sulochana as a memento of the two years I spent studying in Sweden (at Uppsala University in Uppsala—70km north of Stockholm). Next is a (very obviously) homemade ‘inspirational’ poster bearing a quote from Seth Godin (“Do work that you can believe in.”). Finally on the top row, at the far right, is a postcard from the Seychelles sent by another classmate from Sweden (Bashir).

Okay, on to the middle row. The Frozen dry-erase board is thanks to the local dollar store—what can I say, they didn’t have any plain business-like (and boring) white ones. I’ve never seen the movie (should I?). Next to it is the elegant and beautifully designed postcard that author Debbie Weil sent out to some lucky readers of her newsletter late last year. Isn’t it cool? About a year ago I was one of several winners of a book give-away that Debbie held but because I was in Canada she suggested a Skype book coaching session instead. We just did that this morning (my procrastination—not hers) and it was a great metaphorical kick-in-the-butt. As you might have guessed the book will be about finding (better) employment in Victoria and 2016 will be the year I write it (hopefully well before my July birthday).

To the right of the postcard is a ticket stub from a visit to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence on September 19, 2012—this isn’t mine (although I did visit when I was there in 2006)—rather it was being used as a bookmark in a library book that I recently borrowed. I couldn’t resist keeping it and putting it on display. The final object is a handout from a pop up shop run for a few days over the holidays by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. The handout tells the reader where to get more information if you are interested in helping sponsor refugees to come to Victoria.

Finally on the bottom row, partially concealed by the postcard, is a document I put together for some friends and myself to help capture information useful in a medical emergency (who is our primary care physician, what are the names and contact details of those who we would want informed of our crisis etc). About ten of us are working together to put in place what we want to happen and who we want to be involved in the case of a health emergency that leaves us temporarily (or more gloomily permanently) unable to speak for ourselves. It’s not exactly a happy topic (it goes by the name Advance Care Planning here in Canada) but it’s interesting to hear how others feel about what makes life meaningful, where they would want treatment to stop and how such situations have played out—often badly—in their own circles. The last item is a receipt from the marvelous Bulk Barn; they do a fabulous deal where when you spend $15 or more at one time during a specific time period you’ll receive a $5 gift card upon presentation of this special receipt.

It seems my fridge reflects some strongly held personal values. My love of travel, my belief in doing honourable work and my recognition of mortality are all evident. How about you–what’s on your fridge and what, if anything, do you think it says you and your life? Tweet a photo to @YYJWorks with the hashtag #fridgephil

An application a day …

Posted By on January 21, 2016

Makes you so sick of talking about how fantastic you are! I’ve gone on an application blitz for the past two weeks—I had lofty goals of two per weekday (or 10 per week). That hasn’t happened but since January 6, 2016 I have submitted 11 applications. Frankly I find it exhausting to try and find different ways to present my skills and aptitudes to show how they match what is in the job description. And I do try to make my cover letters a little more human and (dare I say) fun as I am sure that the typical HR screening person (or machine? does your average ATS have a sense of humour?) is ready to gouge their eyes out by the end of a day reviewing applications. Here’s your weekly haiku inspired by this fatiguing exercise of ‘packaging’ your talents and experiences in this way.

Jan 21 Haiku(1)

How you can help YYJWorks

Posted By on January 18, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to learn how you can help YYJWorks. Here are some ideas how you can do that:

  • use the like/share button at the bottom of this post (or any post on the site) to share via email or social media
  • make a donation using the PayPal button in the right-hand column of the site (if the donation amounts and/or methods available don’t suit you send me an email at susanzmartin at yyjworks dot com)
  • follow me on Twitter (@YYJWorks)
  • like the YYJWorks Facebook page
  • follow my physical ‘help wanted’ sign board on Pinterest
  • submit a job listing, say ‘Hi’, tell me about your work-related challenges here in Victoria, sign up for the upcoming YYJWorks newsletter (May 2016)—do it all on the ‘How can YYJWorks help you?‘ page

Enjoy your visit to YYJWorks and good luck with what ever employment issues you are confronting.

Mural on Fisgard Street

Mural on Fisgard Street