New pro­gram of­fers job hunt­ing train­ing in tough econ­omy

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

MH En­ter­prises is of­fer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive new pro­gram to the un­em­ployed this year that looks to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive work­shops and train­ing ses­sions to help lo­cals de­velop job ap­pli­ca­tion and em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills.

Fully-funded by Al­berta Hu­man Ser­vices and Al­berta Works, the New Fu­tures pro­gram was de­signed in re­sponse to the down­turn in Al­berta’s econ­omy to pro­vide in­struc­tion to un­em­ployed peo­ple to help nav­i­gate the weaker job mar­ket.

The pro­gram runs in two week ro­ta­tions, with the first week run­ning morn­ings and af­ter­noons and fo­cus­ing on devel­op­ing skills such as money man­age­ment, stress and time man­age­ment, iden­ti­fy­ing skills, goal set­ting, and net­work­ing, with pre­sen­ta­tions made by Com­mu­nity Fu­tures, Cam­pus Al­berta, and Hope Col­lege.

“The first week is an at­tempt to pro­vide peo­ple with the tools and in­struc­tion, with pre­sen­ters let­ting at­ten­dees know what op­tions there are to train or up­grade their skills to find a new ca­reer,” said MH Di­rec­tor Ma­rina Paarup, who men­tions that a num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in ear­lier ses­sions have al­ready found work through New Fu­tures.

Paarup says the eco­nomic down­turn has had a no­tice­able af­fect on the job mar­ket in Drumheller.

“A few years ago the mar­ket wasn’t as com­pet­i­tive as it is now so it’s about mak­ing sure the in­for­ma­tion you need on your re­sume is there and is what em­ploy­ers are look­ing for.”

The sec­ond week fo­cuses on job search skills and is more op­tion based. It will pro­vide in­di­vid­u­als with ca­reer plan­ning and as­sess­ment skills, as well as de­velop re­sume writ­ing abil­ity, job search guid­ance, and in­ter­view prep. The sec­ond week of New Fu­tures also pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with a group “job club” en­vi­ron­ment where at­ten­dees can work­shop with oth­ers while they hunt for jobs. Coun­sel­lors and ad­vi­sors are also avail­able af­ter the morn­ing ses­sions.

“It’s amaz­ing how much energy can be gen­er­ated from just be­ing to­gether with peo­ple who are go­ing through the same sit­u­a­tion, that you’re not alone in your job search, and us­ing each other’s net­works and knowl­edge,” said Paarup.

“This is for­ward move­ment and ac­tion.”

New Fu­tures runs on a two week sched­ule which will re­peat bi­weekly for the next year.

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

MH En­ter­prises In­struc­tor Lori Hart­man and Di­rec­tor Ma­rina Paarup are ex­cited to in­vite un­em­ployed lo­cals to the free New Fu­tures pro­gram, which seeks to help job hunters de­velop skills in or­der to find work in this tough econ­omy.

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