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October 22, 2014

Congratulations to YWCA Job Developer Josephine "Josie" Mensah on her #BlackCanadianQueen2014 achievement!!!! View her exclusive interview at http://blackcanadians.com/josephine-mensah
#RoleModelOfTheDay #empowering



October 22, 2014

E & L Job Tip of the Week:

Interviews - Follow-up

Now that your interview is over, you might think your work is done.

Not so fast ... as a matter of fact in some ways your work has just begun- whether you get the job or not. Here are some things to do:

1. Write notes in a journal, notebook (or perhaps, even your job searching binder) immediately after the interview. Include things like:
• the interviewer's name, title, and address
• any important information that may help you to prepare for a second interview with the organization.
• all the questions you were asked that you can remember
• any other job leads or networking leads.

2. Analyse the interview by completing an After Interview Checklist – What was positive? What could be improved? This will help you learn from your interview and better prepare for your next one.

3. Write a thank you letter using the same general format as you would for a cover letter. Recap your skills in the letter.

4. If you don't hear from the interviewer after a week, follow up with a phone call. Use common sense and good judgement in timing any follow-up.

5. Prepare for rejection. If notified that you have not received the position, ask why you were not successful. If you were not qualified, ask if there are positions with the company for which you are qualified.

6. Do not become defensive or let your disappointment of not getting the job make you sound bitter. You never know if the person the organization just hired will work out. Try to keep communication with the company open to better your chances for future positions.


October 22, 2014

See you tomorrow at 2:30pm for our #EmployerVisit at Target Canada 's 8th Street Circle Centre Mall location on Thursday October 23rd at 2:30pm. We will meet at the “Customer Service Desk” upon arrival for check-in. Please dress in “business causal” wear and bring your resume including schedule availabilities.
#YWCASaskatoon


October 21, 2014

"YWCA Trade Journey breaks down barriers to careers"

interview with Executive Director Barb Macpherson
by @AshleighMattern for @SaskatoonHBA
Living Spaces Magazine, page 80

http://issuu.com/lorikluge/docs/livingspaces_fall2014?e=3664587%2F9435466#search
#YWCATradeJourney


Living Spaces Fall 2014

The official magazine of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association


October 21, 2014


Timeline Photos
Looking to work in the exciting retail industry? Join us for an #EmployerVisit at @[151783754876808:274:Target Canada] 's 8th Street Circle Centre Mall location on Thursday October 23rd at 2:30pm. We will meet at the “Customer Service Desk” upon arrival for check-in. Please dress in “business causal” wear and bring your resume including schedule availabilities. See you there! #YWCASaskatoon


October 21, 2014

Please join us for the
YWCA Saskatoon
2014 Annual General Meeting

5:00 pm Wednesday, October 22
YWCA Studio,
510 - 25th Street East

Refreshments to follow meeting.

For information call 306-244-7034 ext 121.



October 17, 2014

Looking to work in the exciting retail industry? Join us for an #EmployerVisit at Target Canada 's 8th Street Circle Centre Mall location on Thursday October 23rd at 2:30pm. We will meet at the “Customer Service Desk” upon arrival for check-in. Please dress in “business causal” wear and bring your resume including schedule availabilities. See you there!
#YWCASaskatoon



October 15, 2014

E & L Employment Centre Tip of the Week:

Cover letters: Market yourself like a Mac

By Jenna Charlton

Creating a cover letter that dazzles can be tricky, unless of course you have the marketing genius of Steve Jobs. Apple has mastered the concept of getting their brand message out and building up a loyal following. They know their audience, and they know how to speak to them.

Let’s use the iPad as the most recent example. Sure, the name may have taken some heat when introduced back in January. Humorous comments bombarded blogs and message boards poking fun at the gadget’s name.

My personal favorite was: “Are you there god, it’s me marketing?” a clever reference to the 1970s Judy Blume novel exploring pre-teen female dilemmas.

As April approached and anticipation grew, it became clear the jokes only helped draw attention to the new device. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Apple is no slouch when it comes to catching the public’s eye. They know what they do well and they know how to communicate it to their audience.

Evaluating what we do best and knowing how to sell that quality can be an important lesson for the rest of us. Unfortunately we don’t all have a team of experts working on our personal brand, making it the best thing that a future employer has ever seen.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own personal brand that wins over potential employers. You just have to know what you’re good at and who your audience is.

When applying for his first job in advertising, a friend of mine created a cheeky cover letter that demonstrated that he had the wit and creative flair necessary to be a success in that industry.

Rather than simply promoting his accomplishments, he listed out numerous reasons for and against hiring him.

For example, one reason he cited in the ‘Why Not to Hire Me’ category was: His love for Steely Dan.

It turned out that the boss loved Steely Dan too and offered him the job. (Presumably for more reasons than a shared and questionable taste in music.)

The humorous list was a risky strategy, but it worked. The letter told his future employer that:
a) He was willing to take some intelligent risks.
b) He was funny, smart and personable.
c) He was creative

Were he applying for a job in the financial industry, the audience would have been different and would have required a different message.

In this case, however, my friend had taken stock of what it was that he does well, what the company was looking for, and combined them into a message that branded him in the employer’s eyes as someone who was a right fit for the role.

That is exactly what a cover letter should do. Grab potential employers’ attention and make them want to know more about you. This gets them reading you your resume, or better yet, inviting you in for an interview.

As for taking career inspiration from a technology company’s marketing spin, maybe it’s no coincidence that it was headed up by a guy named Jobs.


October 14, 2014

The City of Saskatoon has declared October 13 to October 17 Poverty Awareness Week.

This week reminds us that sustained, concerted effort all year long is vital to eliminate the iron grip of poverty.

We want a truly prosperous Saskatoon that includes everyone, without exception.

Public events this week in Saskatoon:
Wednesday: What's up with Housing and Homelessness
Thursday: Essential Voices-Lunch and Learn
Friday: Chew on This and Hands Across the Bridge



Passion for Action Against Homelessness / Saskatoon AntiPoverty Coalition


October 14, 2014



October 14, 2014

There's no excuse for violence against women.
13 - 19 October 2014
Week Without Violence
#noXcuses or visit worldywca.org/noxcuses



October 8, 2014

E & L Job Search Tip of the Week:

Six Steps To A Resume Upgrade

by Karen Hofferber

If it has been years since you've updated your resume, you may be wondering where to start. There have been changes in the ways resumes are constructed and sent. Follow these six steps to turn your dusty retro resume into a high-powered personal marketing tool for winning interviews in a competitive job market.

1. Find Your Focus

Before you start refreshing your old resume, you need to clarify your job target. Without a clear vision of your career direction, your resume won't do a good job selling you to potential employers. If you have more than one career interest, you'll be much better off developing different versions of your resume rather than trying to construct a one-size-fits-all document.

Having trouble finding your focus? You might want to start with some self-assessment tests or by speaking to a career counselor.

2. Research Your Target

Thoroughly research your job target before writing the first draft of your resume, especially if it's been a while since you've been in the job market. Talk to people in your target industry, and read through relevant job postings on Monster to get a good idea of the qualifications employers are looking for. If you are changing careers, your research may prompt you to enroll in continuing-education classes to gain new skills.

3. Develop Your Profile/Objective

Now you're ready to begin writing. If you're a career changer, you'll need a clearly stated objective to open your resume. Don't expect busy hiring managers to figure out what you want to do. Use this section to explain key skills you can leverage from your prior career into your new job target. Emphasize how you can help the organization, rather than what you want in a job.

Here's a before-and-after example:
• Before: Seeking a challenging position with a future-oriented company offering opportunities for growth and advancement.
• After: Dynamic public speaker/presenter with advanced technical knowledge, seeking to leverage these strengths as an award-winning computer instructor into an entry-level software sales position.

If you're looking for a new position within your current field, use the Objective section on Monster's Resume Builder to write a compelling Profile Summary. This is the perfect place to write a few hard-hitting sentences emphasizing the breadth of your experience and the value you bring to the table.

4. Zero in on Your Achievements

Your resume must have an accomplishments-driven focus to compete in today's job market and maximize calls for interviews. Avoid simply rehashing boring job descriptions. Instead, detail the results and outcomes of your efforts.

If you were a hiring manager, which would you find more compelling?
• Before: Responsible for troubleshooting and maintaining workstations and systems.
• After: Improved systems uptime from 91% to 99.9% for 350 corporate and remote users through expert, cross-platform (Windows NT/UNIX) troubleshooting/maintenance.

For each of the positions you've held, use action verbs to describe how you contributed to your employers, such as: cut costs, generated revenue, improved service, enhanced processes, solved problems or saved time. Use numbers, percentages, dollar amounts, comparisons or other key details to back up your claims. Be sure not to reveal facts that disclose proprietary or confidential company information.

5. Include "Key Words" and Make Your Resume Scannable

These days many employers review your resume electronically. They want you to send it to them in ways that a computer can easily read and sort.

So avoid using overly fancy fonts or complex layouts. If you are not confident in your design capabilities, seek assistance from a resume writer. In addition you can review our many resume samples for ideas.

Also make sure that your updated resume includes plenty of relevant key words. Look for words, phrases and credentials that continually crop up in ads you want to apply to. If you see terms used frequently, they should probably be in your resume whenever applicable. Pay attention to skills that aren't mentioned in these ads as well, and remove items from your old resume that will make you seem outdated.

6. Proofread and Test-Drive

Your resume must be perfect. Carefully proofread your resume to ensure proper grammar, punctuation and usage. If you are changing careers, ask for feedback from hiring managers and recruiters in your targeted field for valuable input on how your resume stands up to the competition.

After it's complete, post your resume to Monster.ca where thousands of employers will see it, and you can apply for jobs easily.


October 2, 2014

Find a #SistersinSpirit vigil in your area & honour the lives of the women & girls tragically taken from us. #MMIW

October 4th in Saskatoon:
Rally, march, candlelight vigil and moment of silence at Mistawasis First Nation, time tbc.

Rally, march, assembly, feast and speaking at the Oskayak High School 2:00-5:00pm.

Grad students' event at the U of S campus, evening.

For more information, visit www.nwac.ca



October 2, 2014

Do you want to learn more about what is happening in our city to address the housing crisis and homelessness? Join us for a community forum and Q&A!

What's Up with Housing and Homelessness in Saskatoon?
Wednesday, October 15
1:30-3:00pm
Station 20 West

For more info: antipoverty@sasktel.net
or call 306-244-7034 ext 234

Presented by the Saskatoon Anti-poverty Coalition and YWCA Saskatoon.
"Nothing about us without us."





October 1, 2014

E & L Centre Tip of the Week:

How to Get Noticed in Your First Job

By Brandon Miller
Monster Generation Y Contributing Writer

As a younger employee, it’s all too easy to go overlooked in your first full-time position. To avoid toiling away in the same entry-level role for years to come, it’s vital that you do all that you can to get noticed as soon as possible. That way, when new opportunities arise – be it a better gig or just some added responsibilities – your name will be at the top of the list.
Here are a few ways to prove your fabulousness.

Demonstrate a winning personality.

It seems pretty commonsense, but the quickest way up the corporate ladder is through networking. And the backbone behind networking is to engage people with your dazzling conversation, quick wit, and sparkling smile. Many new employees don’t take the time to meet new people in the office, especially not people in management positions. But the key to getting noticed – and to an eventual promotion – is having your superiors know your name. Greet everybody kindly, go out of your way to learn names, and never turn down an opportunity to pick somebody’s brain.

Fix messes. Muchly.

Chances are high that when you start your new job, you will find some element that can be improved upon. As long as you are improving things, don’t be scared to alter the way things were being done before you. If you walk into an unorganized mess of files, take the time and effort to build a new system. If somebody before you entered data incorrectly into a set of records, go back and fix their mistakes. Your boss will appreciate the effort and your initiative will be noticed.

Dress to impress.

In order to be taken seriously in your new role, you will need to dress the part. Superiors don’t like to look at a new employee and not be able to tell whether they are an assistant or a paper delivery boy. Counteract your baby face and Millennial charm by dressing professional and classy. Appearances are more important than we’d like to let on, so dress for the job you would one day like to have and not necessarily the entry-level one you currently possess.

Volunteer your time.

It’s easy to talk about how invested you are with your company. It’s a bit more difficult to show that devotion. New employees do not often offer themselves up for new projects, even though they are the ones with the time and ability to devote to them. Take on new work outside of your daily tasks, or volunteer for a committee or panel.

Three things you should plan to do:
1. Meet with your boss and outline your goals. It’s pretty much a given that you don’t want to be entry-level forever, so there’s no reason to hide that fact from your boss. After you have been in the position for a little bit, host a meeting with your superior and ask him or her for help in formulating a plan on how to move up in the company. They will appreciate you coming to them for help, and you will gain invaluable advice in the process.
2. Ask for additional responsibilities. Even better than asking for random responsibilities, think of distinctive projects you can take on that give you an experience you have not yet had. Try and accumulate new skills and practical knowledge that you can mention next time you have an appraisal.
3. Do something nice around the office. People appreciate a kind gesture, so why not splurge and spend five bucks on a box of Timbits for your workplace? Or maybe spearhead a campaign to make sure everyone gets a card on his or her birthday. It will be these little gestures that get people to know your name and the nature of your personality.


September 24, 2014

E & L Centre Tip of the Week:

Don't Let A Job Title Influence You

By: Joe Issid
Monster.ca Tech Jobs Expert

There is an age-old adage that goes something like this: don’t interview for the job at hand; interview for the job you want. While it offers pretty vague advice, the principle is still somewhat valid in today’s IT job market. If you are looking to start or extend your career in IT, you should be focusing your efforts on looking a little bit deeper.

A mistake that many candidates make is focusing too much on the actual job title and not looking at other factors related to the position.

Often, many candidates can be intimidated by a “Senior” designation or put off by the word ‘Assistant’ in the job title. Don’t let that person be you. You’re smarter than that. Below are some factors that could be better indicators of a position than the posted title:

Company Size

Larger companies can often be stingy in offering up impressive job titles as recruiting and HR policies have very defined protocols for such matters. So don’t dwell on the big bold letters at the top of the job posting (as it very likely could have been created by someone completely unrelated to your discipline).

A “Senior DBA” at a small company might have a more impressive title, but working as a ‘Database Specialist’ at a large multi-national corporation may be a better overall position for you in terms of exposure, technology and team dynamics. Large companies typically have far greater opportunities for career advancement and may be able to offer better financial and benefits packages. But they may not offer you a sexy title. On the other hand, a small company may be willing to give you the job title that you really want simply by asking nicely. You can’t get what you don’t ask for.

Industry

As a good job seeker, you are very aware of the industry that you are researching. As a skilled IT professional, you realise that your skills are very transferable and in demand. A company in an IT-related field (for instance, software development or web hosting) may be in a better position to offer a stimulating and more progressive IT environment than, say, a shoe manufacturer. Bring your skills to the industry that best matches your interests and aptitudes, regardless of what your business card may say.

Platform

It’s all about the tech! Read the job profile closely and see if you can get an idea of the type of infrastructure that you would be working on. A job title means very little if you spend your days helping end-users fix Windows XP problems if you would rather be deploying large-scale server clusters to the cloud.

Ask yourself a very basic question when you look at a job profile: would this job excite me? Remember, it is the job that you will be performing and not the title.

Your Interests and Experiences

As each candidate offers a unique set of skills, an interview should revolve around the interests and experiences of said individual. As a candidate, it is your responsibility to offer this information to an interviewer so that they can be as informed as possible. Do not confine your answers to the limit of the job title at hand: use this meeting as an opportunity to discuss your experiences and knowledge in other related areas. If you are interviewing for an IT Help-Desk position but you have some web development skills, mention it. The job may have some unpublished requirements that could fit your unique skill set.

At the end of the day, you will need to decide what is a good fit for you and whether you can live with a formal job title that you do not like. Just keep in mind that a job title actually means very little as it is the work that you do that is important.

Ultimately, a future employer will not care what your previous job title was as long as you can demonstrate that you performed it well and it is relevant to his/her current needs. And to be frank, the glory of a sweet job title can rub off very quickly if you don’t love what you do.

My advice: find the right job and then call it whatever you want


September 22, 2014

Chatelaine and Profit's 2014 top female entrepreneurs in Canada includes 2 Saskatchewan women.

Congratulations to Corrin Harper of Saskatoon-based Insightrix Research and Rachel Mielke of Regina-based Hillbert & Berk!

http://www.profitguide.com/manage-grow/success-stories/11-essential-business-lessons-for-entrepreneurs-69131



September 18, 2014

E & L Employment Tip of the Week:

The Perfect Job Interview in 8 Simple Steps

You landed the interview. Awesome! Now don't screw it up.

I've interviewed thousands of people for jobs ranging from entry-level to executive. Easily three-fourths of the candidates made basic interviewing mistakes.

Did I still hire some of them? Absolutely... but never count on your qualifications and experience to outweigh a bad interview.

Here are eight practical ways to shine:

1. Be likable. Obvious? And critical. Making a great first impression and establishing a real connection is everything. Smile, make eye contact, be enthusiastic, sit forward in your chair, use the interviewer's name.... Be yourself, but be the best version of yourself you possibly can. We all want to work with people we like and who like us. Use that basic fact to your advantage. Few candidates do.

2. Never start the interview by saying you want the job. Why? Because you don't know yet. False commitment is, well, false. Instead...

3. Ask questions about what really matters to you. Focus on making sure the job is a good fit: Who you will work with, who you will report to, the scope of responsibilities, etc. Interviews should always be two-way, and interviewers respond positively to people as eager as they are to find the right fit. Plus there's really no other way to know you want the job. And don't be afraid to ask several questions. As long as you don't take completely take over, the interviewer will enjoy and remember a nice change of pace.

4. Set a hook. A sad truth of interviewing is that later we often don't remember a tremendous amount about you -- especially if we've interviewed a number of candidates for the same position. Later we might refer to you as, "The guy with the alligator briefcase," or, "The lady who did a Tough Mudder," or, "The guy who grew up in Panama." Sometimes you may be identified by hooks, so use that to your advantage. Your hook could be clothing (within reason), or an outside interest, or an unusual fact about your upbringing or career. Hooks make you memorable and create an anchor for interviewers to remember you by -- and being memorable is everything.

5. Know what you can offer immediately. Researching the company is a given; go a step farther and find a way you can hit the ground running or contribute to a critical area. If you have a specific technical skill, show how it can be leveraged immediately. But don't say, for example, "I would love to be in charge of revamping your social media marketing." One, that's fairly presumptuous, and two, someone may already be in charge. Instead, share details regarding your skills and say you would love to work with that team. If there is no team, great -- you may be put in charge. If there is a team you haven't stepped on any toes or come across as pushy. Just think about what makes you special and show the benefits to the company. The interviewer will be smart enough to recognize how the project you bring can be used.

6. Don't create negative sound bites. Interviewers will only remember a few sound bites, especially negative ones. If you've never been in charge of training, don't say, "I've never been in charge of training." Say, "I did not fill that specific role, but I have trained dozens of new hires and created several training guides." Basically, never say, "I can't," or "I haven't," or "I don't." Share applicable experience and find the positives in what you have done. No matter what the subject, be positive: Even your worst mistake can be your best learning experience.

7. Ask for the job based on facts. By the end of the interview you should have a good sense of whether you want the job. If you need more information, say so. Otherwise use your sales skills and ask for the job. (Don't worry; we like when you ask.) Focus on specific aspects of the job: Explain you work best with teams, or thrive in unsupervised roles, or get energized by frequent travel.... Ask for the job and use facts to prove you want it -- and deserve it.

8. Reinforce a connection with your follow-up. Email follow-ups are fine; handwritten notes are better; following up based on something you learned during the interview is best: An email including additional information you were asked to provide, or a link to a subject you discussed (whether business or personal.) The better the interview -- and more closely you listened -- the easier it will be to think of ways you can make following up seem natural and unforced. And make sure you say thanks -- never underestimate the power of gratitude.


September 15, 2014

4 more days until our "Employer-Job-seeker Morning Mixer event" on Thursday September 18th at 7:30am!

Join us for a quick breakfast and networking with various employers from the customer service, administration, trades industries and more!



September 15, 2014

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Sk is hosting a wine and cheese reception with Kim Pate, O.C., Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, on September 25.

6:00pm Thursday, Sept 25
Rouge Gallery, 2nd floor, 245-3rd Ave S

For information contact info@elizabethfrysask.org

Ms. Pate has been appointed to the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the U of S College of Law.

http://law.usask.ca/news/order-of-canada-recipient-kim-pate-joins-college-of-law-.php



September 11, 2014

Take Back the Night 2014

Join the annual march to end violence in our community.

7:00pm Thursday Sept 25
meet at Station 20 West

Organized by the Saskatoon Women's Community Coalition, University Of Saskatchewan Students' Union, YWCA Saskatoon, and the Saskatoon Peace Coalition. #takebackthenight



September 10, 2014

Are you a renter? Does your housing meet your needs? Do you know your rights?

Saskatoon Renters' Community Supper
5:00-7:30pm Monday Sept 22
Station 20 West

For info call 306-657-6100 or email renters@classiclaw.ca

Presented by the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership, @CLASSIC_YXE and the U of S College of Law.



September 10, 2014

E & L Employment Tip of the Week:

Why You Still Need a Cover Letter, Even If No One Reads It

I’ve recruited for over 15 years, and I almost never read my candidates’ cover letters. The one exception was when I knew the hiring manager read the cover letter because then I wanted to see how our feedback compared. Matching up on our feedback would help me adjust my screening going forward. Otherwise, the cover letter had no use to me, and I know many other recruiters and employers feel the same way.

HOWEVER, as a career coach, I strongly encourage all my job seeking clients to draft a powerful cover letter. While the majority of people in the hiring process don’t read the cover letter, those that read it really care about it. Since you will never know in advance of sending your cover letter whether or not it will matter, you have to assume it will matter and take great care with your cover letter. Here are other 3 reasons why a cover letter, even if you’re not sure anyone reads it, can help you be a better job seeker:

Writing the cover letter forces you to highlight what really matters. The cover letter is in prose so can speak to the reader differently than the list structure of a resume. A cover letter doesn’t have to be chronological like a resume so you can talk about things in a different order or emphasize different points in your career. Finally, a cover letter is highly selective, not a grand overview of your entire career like the resume. You want to be brief with your cover letter, so you can only talk about a few things. What are the 2, 3, or 4 things across the entirety of your skills, expertise and background that you want the prospective employer to know? When you make these choices and commit them to paper, this helps your networking, interviewing, and overall positioning in your job search.

The cover letter can say what a resume cannot. You can emphasize a specific time in your career, set of skills or expertise. You can draw parallels between diverse experiences. You can explain an employment gap, put a structure behind non-traditional career choices, or otherwise make your case for the uniqueness of your career. A good cover letter tells a story that directs the reader to where you want him or her to focus.

You can speak directly to an individual reader. It is unrealistic to have a tailored resume for every type of job that you are seeking. Even if you wanted to spend the time, the structure of a resume has limits on what you can customize. A cover letter, on the other hand, can easily accommodate items directly related to the reader. You can demonstrate what you know about your prospective employer’s organization or industry. You can talk about why you want to work there. You can itemize your specific contributions relevant to that one employer.


September 10, 2014

Ready for a fresh start?

Get 16 weeks of free training with YWCA Trade Journey, with an introduction to carpentry, plumbing and sheet metal fabrication.

Learn more at ywcatradejourney.ca and sign up for an info session!



September 5, 2014

The Saskatoon Literacy Coalition has an open invitation for everyone to attend their annual celebration on INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY. This Saturday, September 6, 2014, there will be cake, entertainment, and of course, lots of books. It starts at 10 AM at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market in Riversdale, at 414 Ave B S in Saskatoon. They welcome you to join in on the celebration and help promote literacy in our community, mixed with fun. Your presence and interest do make a difference! For more information, www.saskatoonliteracy.ca



Saskatoon Literacy Coalition - Welcome!
www.saskatoonliteracy.ca
A non-profit group working to promote literacy in Saskatoon and raise public awareness about the importance of a literate society.


September 4, 2014

Join us for our "Employer - Job-seeker Morning Mixer" event on Thursday September 18th from 7:30-9am!!! For more details please call Josie at (306) 244-7034 ext 176



September 3, 2014

Executive Director Barb Macpherson urges meaningful actions to stop violence against indigenous women--see today's StarPhoenix.

YWCA Canada is the largest national provider of shelter for women and children fleeing violence, and "fundamental to our work is a commitment to exposing and responding to this issue, including the inordinately high and disproportionate number of indigenous girls and women who are victims."

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/Inquiry+essential/10170269/story.html



Inquiry essential
www.thestarphoenix.com
Re: Calls for inquiry persist (SP, Aug. 26). On behalf of the board and staff of YWCA Saskatoon, I want to thank Premier Brad Wall for adding his voice to the growing number of people locally, provincially, nationally and internationally who've called for a national inquiry into missing and murdered…


September 3, 2014

E & L Employment Tip of the Week:

Avoid These 7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes

By Peter Vogt
Monster Senior Contributing Writer

The student's resume was impressive. The formatting was impeccable, the content was excellent, and he did a great job of focusing on accomplishments instead of job duties. If I were an employer, I would have been impressed.

Then I looked at his cover letter and imagined the employer tossing that perfect resume into the trash bin.

Many college students and recent grads destroy their resumes by accompanying them with halfhearted or downright terrible cover letters. While some employers don't bother reading cover letters, most do. And they will quickly eliminate you if you make these cover letter mistakes:

Using the Wrong Cover Letter Format

The student's cover letter looked more like a cut-and-paste email than a business letter. It had no recipient information, no return address and no date. The letter screamed unprofessional.

Be sure your cover letter uses a standard business-letter format. It should include the date, the recipient's mailing address and your address.

Making It All About You

It may seem counterintuitive, but your cover letter, like your resume, should be about the employer as much as it's about you. Yes, you need to tell the employer about yourself, but do so in the context of the employer's needs and the specified job requirements.

Not Proofing for Typos and Grammatical Errors

Employers tend to view typos and grammatical errors as evidence of your carelessness and inability to write. Proofread every letter you send. Get additional cover letter help by asking a friend who knows good writing double-check your letter for you.

Making Unsupported Claims

Too many cover letters from college students and recent grads say the applicant has "strong written and verbal communication skills." Without evidence, it's an empty boast. Give some examples for each claim you make. Employers need proof.

Writing a Novel

A good cover letter should be no longer than one page. Employers are deluged with resumes and cover letters, and their time is scarce. Make sure your cover letter has three or four concise but convincing paragraphs that are easy to read. If your competitor's letter rambles on for two pages, guess which candidate the employer will prefer.

Using the Same Cover Letter for Every Job and Company

Employers see so many cover letters that it's easy for them to tell when you're using a one-size-fits-all approach. If you haven't addressed their company's specific concerns, they'll conclude you don't care about this particular job.

It's time-consuming but worthwhile to customize each cover letter for the specific job and company.

Not Sending a Real Cover Letter

Some job seekers -- college students, recent grads and even those with years of work experience -- don't bother sending a cover letter with their resume. Others type up a one or two-sentence "here's my resume" cover letter, while others attach handwritten letters or sticky notes.

There is no gray area here: You must include a well-written, neatly formatted cover letter with every resume you send. If you don't, you won't be considered for the job.


 
 
 
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Ready to trade your dead end for a fresh start?

Introducing YWCA Trade Journey—for women who are interested in starting a career in the trades.

Experience 16 weeks of training including carpentry, plumbing and sheet metal fabrication, and start your trade journey.

The YWCA Trade Journey program includes:

• Free skills training for 16 weeks with a group of women
• Opportunity to experience 3 trades
• Help finding your new job and starting out
• Employer contacts and interview preparation
• Support as you work toward your apprenticeship
• Support every step of the way

It's perfect for women who are:

• Positive, hard-working and enjoy learning
• Healthy and active
• Ready for new challenges

Your journey into the trades starts with a single step.

Attend a YWCA information session to learn about the program and hear from women who are already working in the trades.

Your journey doesn't end when you finish your training.

We’ll support you as you start your career in the trades, find your first job and work toward your apprenticeship. We can help you succeed in your new career in the trades. YWCA Saskatoon has helped empower women for over 100 years. Contact us to take your first steps toward a job that offers higher pay, personal growth, and opportunities for advancement.

Register for an information session at www.tradejourney.com

For more information: call 244-7034 (ext.131) or email tradejourney@ywcasaskatoon.com 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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