Look for jobs at home

Em­ploy­ment cen­tre staff ready to pro­vide as­sis­tance

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

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.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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