Anna-lysa thrilled at Chal­lenge win

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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)

Pro­mot­ing life­styles

“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

AN OVER­WHELMED WIN­NER Anna-lysa Ni­cholls (left) and Kelly Johnally. (Pic­ture by Xtra Vi­sion Pho­tog­ra­phy.) be­ing con­grat­u­lated by judges Ja­nine Hink­son

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