Anna-lysa thrilled at Challenge win
Youth told: Watch your language
THE YOUTH OF BARBADOS have been given a stern warning about their use of language, especially when it comes to applying for jobs.
Michael Alleyne, of the St Thomas Constituency Council, issued the caution to graduands of the council’s Stepping Out Programme last Saturday at Holy Innocents Anglican Church, St Thomas.
Thirty people received certification in nail technology, basketry, wig making in the Stepping Out Programme – an initiative geared towards assisting future employees with the job application process.
“Social media language has no right on a job application. The way you write these letters of application is not [like] you’re having a conversation with a good friend or with your partner. Your application is the first thing your future, or possible, employer sees of you. He or she has not seen you, but they have seen something of you.
“The first impression usually counts and when I see some of these applications, I wonder how some of you passed English language, because it is not the type of English language I was taught.”
Alleyne added that with more than 40 years’ experience in the world of work, he had seen many applications that were discarded because of improper use of language.
“You must be careful how you write [job applications]. Let someone look at and see them before you send them off to your future employer. Make sure the spelling is correct and the construction of your sentences is correct. Your application tells a story about you.
“Nowadays employers are extremely particular about who they employ. They don’t only want a police certificate of character, but they want to see what they are bringing into their workplace,” he said. ( RA) ANNA-LYSA NICHOLLS is the winner of the 2017 Ashley Furniture Smart Home Magazine Challenge.
The announcement was made at the Haggatt Hall, St Michael store on Sunday evening.
After a tense wait for the judges’ decision, Nicholls’ family and friends burst into loud cheers and applause. As for her, the tears flowing down her cheeks told the tale of her jubilation. She also placed first in the Facebook competition.
“When they called my name, I was very blown away. For some reason I didn’t think that I was actually going to win. So I was very shocked when they called my name. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m first! Oh my gosh!’ I couldn’t believe it, but I am actually very happy,” Nicholls told the MIDWEEK NATION.
For her creativity in redesigning a room in Nigiel and Angela Hall’s home with an unforgettable orange accent wall, Nicholls took home a cheque for $2 000. She also won a weekend for two at Rostrevor Hotel, vouchers from Ashley Furniture Homestore, internships with Ashley Furniture Homestore and Plumbing World, and a feature in Smart Homes Magazine. She will also be a contributor to the publication.
Second-placed Tameshia Gooding put her creative touch to a room in the home of Celeste Reid and her son Nicholas. For her efforts, she walked away with $1 000 and vouchers from Ashley Furniture Homestore.
Third was Faheema Patel, who designed for Hazel and daughter Kay Clarke.
Patel, who placed second in the Facebook competition, won $500 and vouchers from the Ashley Furniture Homestore. ( YB)
“We also focus on promoting active lifestyles by encouraging kids to be more physically active through the numerous sporting events we support annually.”
Haloute’s statements came against the background of a call by senior attorney at law Andrew Pilgrim, who wanted Chefette as well as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to widen their menu choices.
Speaking at a recent lecture at Queen’s College, Pilgrim said: “We the people of Barbados hereby challenge Chefette and Kentucky to produce