Looking for work? Take advantage of what's out there

By Charles Strachey

June 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Working Wise:
I’ve been looking for a job now for six months, but no one in my industry seems to be hiring. I’d like to see what else is out there, but I don’t know where to look. Is there any help for people who want to switch careers or at least check out their options?
Signed, Ready For Change  

Dear Ready:
Career planning is the surest way to get you where you want to go. Exploring your interests, taking inventory of your existing skills and experience, and researching future labour market trends can help you find the right career.
The CAREERinsite website (careerinsite.alberta.ca) is a one-stop online career planning resource.
CAREERinsite can help you get to Know Yourself, Explore Your Options, Get Ready, and Take Action.
If you would prefer to talk to a career advisor, you can call the toll-free Career Information Hotline at 1-800-661-3753.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can use the OccInfo database to research your shortlist of careers. The OccInfo database has more than 500 occupational profiles. Each career profile includes key information, including wages, required training, working conditions and the hiring outlook.
Dozens of job fairs, job-search workshops and career-planning sessions are being held during Alberta Works Week to help Albertans achieve their career goals.
Alberta Works Week is a great opportunity to revisit career plans and make sure they’re still on track. It’s also an opportunity to discover all of the career and job search services that are available in your community.
Even if you have already met your career goal, what we want from our jobs tends to shift as we age, start families or near retirement.
You can discover the Alberta Works Week events happening near you by visiting alis.alberta.ca/aww.
You can also visit your nearest Alberta Works Centre any time of the year and use the career planning resources or talk to a Career and Employment Consultant.
If you have the training you need, your consultant can help you with your job search, including connecting you with free workshops on searching for a new job, writing your resumé, and preparing for job interviews.
Consultants can provide information on local employers who may be hiring for positions that would be a good fit for you.
Your Career and Employment Consultant can also show you the handy free job-search tools that are available in Alberta Works Centres located across the province, including
• Job fair
• Employment consultation
• Job market forecasts/trends/statistics
• Resumé and job-interview workshops
• Information on careers and training options
• Job-search tools, including computers and photocopiers.
There are 51 Alberta Works Centres located across the province. To find the centre nearest you, click humanservices.alberta.ca/offices.
Good Luck!
Do you have a work-related question? Send your questions to Working Wise, at charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca. Charles Strachey is a manager with Alberta Human Services.

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