Look for jobs at home
Employment centre staff ready to provide assistance
No sense going west young man, at least not yet.
Tammy Marshe, career practitioner-lead for the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre of the YMCA of Cape Breton in New Waterford, said there isn’t a light at the end of that western tunnel.
“It hasn’t picked up and I don’t see it picking up the way it was years ago.”
Marshe said there doesn’t seem to be much information on future projects or an announcement of future projects on the horizon.
“That really kind of drives what’s going to happen out there. People wait for these announcements. I haven’t heard of any coming yet.”
Marshe said a big project is obviously what’s needed to get jobs opening up whether for 10 jobs in a certain trade or 2,500 in various trades.
“An announcement could turn things around pretty quickly.”
She said trades people are coming into the employment services centre and are continuing to wait and be hopeful. She said in the meantime people unable to find work are not going for training in other trades as right now all trades have the same kind of outlook.
“Why learn another trade that has the same kind of outlook,” she said. “If people are going to make a change in their career I think it would be to something entirely different.”
She said in the meantime there are options people could be looking at including employment possibilities locally.
She said the Irving Shipyard is still a contender here in Nova Scotia.
“Before Christmas we were able to help people make contact with the Halifax Shipyards and go through the process there,” she said.
“That was a plus for us, to be able to keep some tradespeople here in Nova Scotia.”
She said there are projects in Membertou, Eskasoni is building a health centre and then there’s the Donkin Mine expected to have employment opportunities in the near future.
”There are also private employers one could look into or maybe it’s starting your own business.”
She said they also encourage people to do networking, as although everyone wants to search for jobs through technology, years ago it was done by visiting and by calling people.
“I get when people are frustrated, but right now it’s beyond anyone’s control. You have to wait and be patient, make contacts and network yourself, talk to other people and make sure you are doing all that,” she said.
“Talk to friends, talk to family, talk to neighbours, talk to people in the trade. Do all that stuff, that’s what’s most important. Keep in contact with people who are working and be patient.”
She said anyone looking for a job should visit one of the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres as the staff is constantly doing job searches and there are programs from job search workshops to resume support, all free services offered.
Marshe said Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre has offices in Sydney, New Waterford and Glace Bay. For more information on the centre’s programs visit http://capebreton.ymca.ca/Programs/Categories/Employment-Services.
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