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Wayne Gretzky Blog Part 5

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

Today’s post is another post in the series….

As we noted in previous posts, the great Canadian philosopher and hockey player Wayne Gretzky is quoted as saying:

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.

 You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

 The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing.

 Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

 No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.


The sixth quote from Wayne Gretzky, #99, the Great One, the Wise One is:

The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.

This comment by Wayne speaks to soft or good worker skills.  Job seekers often do not recognize the importance of good worker skills, such as working hard every day.  Other hockey and work-oriented soft skills include:

  • Being a good teammate (helpful to other co-workers)
  • Being on time (if you are less than ten minutes early, you are five minutes late)
  • Being ready to work when your shift begins (get into your gear [PPE] at home or in the locker before the game, not after the puck is dropped)
  • Being coachable (able to take direction and constructive feedback)
  • Willing to go into the corners (takes on projects beyond what was required).

These soft skills (good worker skills) are part of the Saskatchewan Workplace Culture and Norms, and the Canadian Workplace Culture…check out a video highlighting the importance of soft skills versus hard skills:


For more information, on eight of the most important soft skills for the workplace check out this link:


NOTE: It is very important to discuss both your soft skills and hard skills as you apply for jobs and in interviews. To succeed in the Saskatchewan workplace, you need to work hard and you can demonstrate your commitment to the workplace by being helpful to co-workers, arriving on time (15 minutes early), being reliable, accepting feedback, trying to improve and doing that little extra….and you need to be able to do the job.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone   Should you have any questions about your resume (or hard versus soft skills) or require assistance in your job search, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.