2020 Opportunities: February

The start of the new year is always a busy time, with new-years resolutions and a new calendar full of opportunities, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all. This article is a compiled list of upcoming opportunities in the new year for training and getting certified for your future career.


Quick the deadline is getting close!!!

This Harmonized Carpentry Apprentice Level 1 program is available through Coast Mountain College. Many people don’t know the feeling of being truly limitless. Carpentry is one of those industries where the sky is the only limit you have.. literally. Think about what it would feel like to build anything you can imagine. What would you build? A shed? A house? A career? Hurry! It starts on February 10th.


Do you already have your security worker license?

Take a look at this great opportunity.


Want to jump-start your career in trades?

The BladeRunners program is made to help you do just that. This training covers many required tickets for camp, construction, and environmental work. This is a great opportunity to get right into the workforce, by gaining the skills you need right out of the gate.


Good with your hands? Welding may be your thing.

This welding program will get you up to speed with everything to do with welding. A career in welding can be a very rewarding career, especially if you pair it with other skills and industries. If you like working with your hands and not behind a desk, this may be for you. This particular course is intended for Women who would like to join the Welding industry, but there are always courses popping up depending on your location. We’ll keep you updated when more opportunities come up.


Prefer to be your own boss?

This Entrepreneurship program is offered in partnership by Tricorp, and the University of Victoria. Countless people across the world, from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds have found success in owning/running their own business. Though the world of business is not always for everyone, anyone can be an entrepreneur. Learn how to start, run, and grow your own business with the Kispiox Owned and Operated Program. This is a free 8-week course.
Start Date: February, 24th 2020
Open To: All Gitxsan members.
Contact: cymercer88@gmail.com


Resume Writing Tips

Resume writing can be daunting at times, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few tips and tricks, you’ll be off to the races (or the work site) in no time.

Tip #1: Simple is better.

It can be easy to get caught up in templates, fonts, and colors, but when it comes to being professional, simple is better. If you choose to use a resume template (Google Docs has some good ones), then pick one with minimal graphics and a clean layout. Also, make sure to use a basic, easy-to-read font. No one likes trying to translate digital hieroglyphics.

Tip #2: Be clear, be brief, and don’t ramble.

“In 2015 i was working at this business working as a custodian and they had me cleaning and mopping floors and sometimes they asked me to help move the products in during stock delivery but mostly I was just doing maintenance and general up keep.”

The above sentence has a few issues. For starters, it’s one big run-on sentence. Which means they didn’t segment their ideas into easy-to-read chunks, making it rather difficult to process. You don’t have to be an author to write a resume, but when it comes to communicating your points and ideas, it’s best to be brief.

The second main issue, is that the writer kind of rambles by repeating statements they’ve already said.

With this in mind, let’s look at the below sentence and how it differs from the previous version:
“In 2015, I was employed by this business as a custodian. My duties included, cleaning, maintenance, and general up-keep. Heavy lifting was sometimes required.”

Tip #3: Keep it relevant.

Your resume is your business card for you as a worker. Just like any other business card, you don’t always have to put everything on it.

There are a few key-parts that you should never leave out, but sometimes your resume can get bloated. Some key things to put on your resume are:

  • Name, Date of Birth, Address, Contact Info.
    Your future employer can’t contact you if you don’t leave a phone number or email address.
  • Education, Certifications, Tickets.
    Many times, this is the first section your employer will look at. Sure, a can-do attitude can help, but listing your Occupational First Aid ticket will be an immediate asset to an employer.
    Note: You don’t always have to list your high school education on your resume. If you’d like to include it, consider listing your high school name and graduation year instead of your full details.
  • Relevant Experience
    – The second most looked at section. Make sure you list your most relevant experience at the top of the list. Include your start/end dates, and for extra points, throw in a few good words about your previous employer, it works!
  • References
    Include your best references. If you are able to use previous employers or co-workers as a reference, by all means do so. This will give their review of you a bit more weight, and improve your chances of getting hired.
    If you don’t have previous employers or co-workers to be references, no worries. Personal references will be fine too. If at all possible, ask someone you’ve done work for, in the past (cleaning, repairs, help moving).

    Your references are there to assure your employer of a few things:
    Is he/she a good worker?
    Will he/she be able to show up to work everyday on time?
    What are the chances that he/she will not show up, and I’ll have to deal with it?
    – Are they going to stay on track, or will they spend their time texting friends?

Tip #4: Double chek ur spelling.

Would you hire someone who couldn’t be bothered to spell their name correctly? Probably not.

Though it’s not always a deal breaker, it’s best to make sure your resume is free of spelling errors and is easy to read. A little proofreading goes a long way.

A good rule, is to always get someone to look it over and check for errors for you. No matter how many times you read it yourself, it’s easy for a spelling mistakes to slip passed. Fresh eyes can see things that you sometimes can’t.

Tip #5: Relax

Applying for work can be stressful at times. The bills are building up, but the groceries are not. It’s okay, everyone goes through it at one point or another, it’s not the end of the world. You’re obviously on the right track, you’re writing a resume! So get it out there!

Though it’s not a great idea to send your resume to 20 different businesses on the same day… the shotgun approach does work well when needed. Find a few employers that stand out to you, and send it off to their preferred point of contact (in-person, email, fax, etc.). Then give it a few days. If you don’t get a call back, find a few more employers to try.

Cover letter?

Your cover letter is a written letter to the person reviewing your resume. This is usually included along with your resume. This is an opportunity to tell the hiring employer, what you can bring to their organization. You might elaborate a little about your previous work experience, or maybe you can include a paragraph about why you’re passionate about your work, and what values you hold while working.

To view some cover letter examples, click here.

Tip #6: Don’t give up.

Fun fact! Giving up, is the leading cause of failure.

You see a job posting — it’s for a job you like. The benefits are great, the hours are doable, but the posting says “Must have squirrel handling ticket”. You don’t have a squirrel handling ticket… what do you do? YOU APPLY!

Yes.. there’s a good chance you won’t get a call back, because you don’t meet all the requirements. But think about it this way — you weren’t gonna get a call back if you didn’t apply either. And who knows, maybe you were the only applicant, and instead of being the new “Squirrel Handler”, you’re the new Squirrel Handler’s Assistant. It happens more often that you think. Apply anyway, and the worst thing that can happen is you don’t get a call back.

Some words of inspiration.

Growing up, we seem to think that people pick one career, then work-work-work until they die. This is far from the truth. The odds are, the job that you’re working right now, is not your first, and it’s most likely not going to be your last. In a world where anyone can be anything, there’s little reason to feel stuck. A lifetime is a long time to be doing something you don’t enjoy.

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.” 

― Hans Christian Andersen
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