Discover Careers in Banking and Insurance

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Canadian banks are coming up roses amidst global economic instability. Home to some of the strongest banks in the world, the sector is growing and diverse. According to Banks and the Economy, nearly 2/3 of the workforce is comprised of women. Moreover, full time positions have surpassed the 80% marker.

Given the increased need for workers in this sector, and those in the insurance industry, Calgary Public Library is pleased to once again be hosting Discover Careers in Banking and Insurance on Tuesday, September 30th at the Central Library.

This full day event is designed to provide comprehensive introductions to both sectors during morning information sessions, followed by a hiring fair in the afternoon. And to round out the day, we have invited local career practitioners to review resumes in the afternoon while you are waiting to speak to a recruiter, and have invited representative from Mount Royal University’s Financial Services Programs to be on hand to answer questions.

Confirmed recruiters include:

Servus Credit Union, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, Canadian Western Bank, National Bank of Canada, Alberta Treasury Branch, Dejardins, Rogers Insurance, Aviva Canada, Northbridge, Intact Insurance, and the Insurance Institute of Canada

Need advice on how to prepare for job fairs and how to make the most of your first meeting with one of these companies? Review our previous blog post on strategies – you can never come too prepared.

We are excited to be partnering with The Insurance Institute of Canada, The Canadian Banker’s Association, and Alberta Job, Skills, Training and Labour to offer this career exploration event. To register for the morning session use our online registration link or call 403-260-2620. For the afternoon hiring fair, simply visit us at the Central Library. Don't forget your resume!

Beancounters Aren't Boring

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Based on last year’s inaugural success, the Alberta Accountants Unification Agency is hosting its second annual Accounting and Finance Career Expo. I met with Nancy Green, Manager of Career Services with the AAUA, to chat about strategies and tips for this January’s event, which has attracted 30 employers:

Nancy, Robert Half and other surveys are showing steady growth in the accounting and finance fields. Are there any current hiring trends that job seekers need to be aware of?

The forecast is good for the industry, but companies are being careful with hiring decisions. While technical skills are important, they’re also focusing on soft skills such as critical and analytical thinking, leadership qualities, and the ability to develop and bring forward recommendations. It’s important that candidates think about these skills before the job fair, and to be open to looking beyond work experience to draw out these qualifications. Remember that you can pull out transferable skills from other areas of your life.

Nancy, we heard that last year there were still participants who could have been better prepared for the event. Do you have any suggestions?

For those who have registered online (do it soon!) we email you tip sheets and information prior to the event, and you are strongly encouraged to read them. As for tips:

  1. Know yourself and your skills, and be ready to speak to them
  2. Dress business casual or formal. A collared shirt is a necessity for men
  3. Come prepared by researching the company and developing specific questions to ask company representatives. Remember not to monopolize their time, and keep your interaction to 5 minutes
  4. Bring your business cards, notebook, pen and resume
  5. If you are offered a card or contact information by an employer, remember to follow up with them within a week. A simple thank you is a good first step
  6. Smile, be genuine, and have a firm handshake
  7. Leave the backpack at home!

You mention that job seekers can bring their resumes. Are all the companies accepting them?

Expect that most companies will refer visitors to their website or job boards. This doesn’t mean you can’t use the opportunity to talk to recruiters about the range of career paths within their company, or the key skills required for the jobs you are interested in. And remember that this is a great networking opportunity to talk to professionals in your industry.

Nancy, does your agency provide support to job seekers trying to improve their employment readiness?

Yes. If a job seeker is a registered CGA, CMA or CA member in Alberta or is a student registered in the CGA, CMA, CA or CPA programs in Alberta, they should email me at ngreen@albertaaccountants.org to see what services we have that can help, such as interview preparation or resume advice.


Need more networking tips? Calgary Public Library has a big selection of books loaded with inspiration and practical tips.

Need help finding them? Call our friendly staff at 403-260-2782.


Accelerate Your Career—Saturday, April 20th

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Back...and better than ever

Accelerate Your Career 2013

A full day of career programs at the Central Library

Program

Time

Location and Registration

Career Conversations
Meet one-on-one with twenty professionals from high-demand industries to learn more about their careers

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Sign up during event
First-come, first-served

Resume Help
Register for a 30-minute session with a career professional to review your resume

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Preregister by calling 403-260-2782. Drop-ins may be accommodated

Career Serving Agencies
Come talk to staff from BVC Career Connection, Alberta Human Services, Directions for Immigrants in the Trades and Professions, and Bredin

10:30 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Drop-in

Moving Forward with Mentorship
Discover the merits of mentorship along with local mentorship opportunities. Hosts: Calgary’s Corporate Readiness Training Program and the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Third Floor Open Area
Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Personality Types: Understand, Connect and Work Better
Learn how Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand you own and others personality types in order to be happier at work. Presented by Calgary Career Counselling

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Lower level Meeting Room 1
FULL

Phone and Skype Based Interviews: Master Techniques
Learn insider tips for acing your telephone or web based interview from Calgary recruiter Sabina Souliere

12:30–2:00 pm

Third Floor Open Area
Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

How To Shine at Work
Learn how to build confidence and workplace connections . Presented by Bow Valley College Career Connection and Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers

2:30–4:00 pm

Third Floor Open Area Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Ed2go Launch: Overview of new educational resource for Calgary Public Library cardholders. Learn how to access 300 free online courses for professional and personal educational development

10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Third Floor Learning Lab: drop in

Register by calling: 403-260-2620 or online at calgarypubliclibrary.com

Upcoming Calgary Job Fairs

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Alberta Works is sponsoring three upcoming job fairs in Calgary. For more information, visit the Alberta Human Services Alberta Job & Career Fairs site.


Greyhound Canada is recruiting Coach Operators

Does this describe you?

  • Committed to excellent customer service
  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) education
  • 5 years driving experience (Class 5 or higher) and a good driving record
  • Able to pass a police background check
  • Able to pass a pre-employment health screening

Learn more about the benefits of working for Greyhound Canada, including their comprehensive driver training program.

Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Radisson Alberta Works Centre
525 28 Street S.E.
Registration and information at http://grehoundinfo2.eventbrite.ca


Hospitality Jobs

Attend the next Alberta Works Job Fair and meet with employers that are hiring part-time and full-time positions in hospitality! Positions include:

  • Banquet and Restaurant Servers
  • Cook
  • Crew Members
  • Hotel Front Office and Guest Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Night Auditors
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Baristas
  • Supervisor

Qualifications vary. Attend to learn more and apply!

For a full list of employers and jobs, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/calgaryjobsfeed.

Thursday, August 16, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Alberta Works Centre One Executive Place
1816 Crowchild Trail N.W. Calgary
Bring your updated resumé and references


Attend the next Alberta Works Job Fair!

Meet with recruiters from Manpower, Southland Transportation, Sears Logistics, Home Depot, Securitas Canada, Gordon Food Services, Cadillac Fairview and Assassin Safety & Labour Leasing Inc.

Positions available for hiring include Equipment Operators, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Field Service Technologists, Sales Associates, Bus Drivers (school, charter and specialized), Loss Prevention, Material Handlers, Forklift Operators, Security Officers, Scheduling Manager, Class 1 Driver, Carpenters, Electricians and more!

For the complete list of positions, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/calgaryjobsfeed or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/calgaryjobfeed. For a full list of career events, visit alis.alberta.ca.

Thursday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Alberta Works Centre
Fisher Park, 100, 6712 Fisher Street S.E.
Bring copies of your updated resumé, references, driver’s licence and school or training certifications.

Discover Careers in Health—Career Conference and Hiring Fair

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Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors in Canada and offers a wide range of career opportunities, including many entry-level opportunities. The Government of Alberta is hosting a Health Careers Conference and a Hiring Event on February 1 and 2, 2012.

Health Careers Conference

Hear from industry professionals about the opportunities at the Career Conference (there are two sessions to choose from: morning or afternoon).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Click here to register (register for either one but not both)

Calgary Public Library
Central Library
616 Macleod Trail S.E.
2nd floor, John Dutton Theatre

Hiring Event

Associated with this will be a hiring event in health careers:

Thursday, February 2, 2012
10 a.m. to 12 .pm. or
1 to 3 p.m.
No registration is required for the hiring fair.

Fisher Park Alberta Service Centre
100, 6712 Fisher St S.E. Calgary

Bring your resumé and explore all of the exciting career opportunities.