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

| 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 […]

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

| 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 […]

From Steadfastly Helpful to Side Hustle

| 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 […]

Tips for mature workers making career changes due to disability

| 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 […]

Upcoming events in July 2016 at GT Hiring

| 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 […]

The Last (January) Haiku

| 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 […]

Fridge Philosophy

| 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. First up, in the top […]

An application a day …

| 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 […]

How you can help YYJWorks

| 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 […]

Maybe that should be ‘MEH’ (My Employment Haiku)?

| January 14, 2016

Sorry I’m a bit late with this week’s haiku—hump day kind of got away from me. What do you think of the acronym MEH for these weekly bits/bytes of doggerel? The ‘M’ could stand for ‘My’ as shown above but do feel free to add your own M-word (miserable? mystifying? maddening?). Here you go—hope it […]