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June 9, 2017

Britco creating new jobs as Okanagan plant reopens
Construction / Manufacturing
A Global News item recently highlighted the recent success of a prominent Penticton manufacturer. Britco Construction's closed Penticton operation is set to reopen this week following successful company restructuring.
A downturn in the Canadian oil industry created difficulties for the modular construction company. Managing this difficulty, Britco Construction has signed a major contract to provide permanent school expansions around the province, prompting renewed work at their South Okanagan site.
The company held a job fair at their Penticton facility and is now dealing with ongoing recruitment.
Forty new employees will be brought in on top of ex-workers who will be re-hired, communications and marketing manager Meghan Cairns said.
Britco Construction is also building modular residential buildings, which Cairns said are built 30% quicker through their pre-fabricated methods.
Triple M Modular Ltd bought Britco Construction last month. The B.C. company specializes in hotels, townhouses, apartment buildings and permanent offices built in their controlled off-site construction facilities in Agassiz and Penticton. Britco's leasing division and mobile buildings were bought by Black Diamond Group in April.
Investment in 12 companies hoped to strengthen innovation across British Columbia
Technology / Innovation
The Government of Canada is hoping to create innovative opportunities for Canadians while encouraging new industries and jobs. A new $14.8 million investment will help twelve British Columbia companies move their new products to market faster and more efficiently, while creating over 240 quality jobs in the region.
Through this investment, officials believe Canadian consumers and businesses will benefit from a range of new products and services. These include enhanced pharmaceutical discovery processes to combat major diseases; clean energy technologies to increase ecological sustainability; advanced IT systems to boost workplace efficiency; modernized communications systems to increase public transit safety; and eco-friendly consumer products to reduce environmental impacts. The funded projects will also create jobs for Canada's middle class by helping these companies move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.
This announcement supports western-based companies that develop cutting-edge technology, create jobs, and spur the economy. Funding for these B.C. companies is part of several successful projects announced under the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. The program provides $100 million in repayable contributions to small- and medium-sized enterprises in Western Canada. Since 2014, WD has invested nearly $97 million through WINN and expects to create over 1,600 jobs across the West.
Companies benefiting from this investment include: AbCellera; Axine Water Technologies; G-PAK Technology; HTEC; Jostle Corporation; Loop Energy; Nanozen Industries; Quadrogen Power Systems; Quester Tangent; Saltworks Technologies; SemiosBio Technologies; and Terramera.

Click here for specific amounts and areas of specialty: 14 Companies Benefit From Funding
Why am I still unemployed?
Career Development / Job Search Strategies
Karin Eldor, writer with, recently wrote a brilliant article helping clients in career transition examine major challenges they are facing that are impeding their ability to get back to work.
According to Eldor, whether you're a university graduate looking to land your first job, the victim of a corporate restructuring, or looking for a new career opportunity, the waiting game to hear "you're hired" can be stressful. Even more so when the unemployment starts to exceed the one-year mark.
There's something to be said about the common perception that it's easier to find a job while currently at a job (even though it can be tough to find the time...). After all, when you're employed and in the midst of a job hunt, you have the upper hand and as a result, usually exude more confidence. After all, you have nothing to lose!
Stress rears its ugly head when no job offers are coming in, and with no other job to fall back on. And the longer you're unemployed, the more discouraged you tend become.
Let me start by making you feel better: you only need one "yes." You only need to have that spark with one company to become employed. So if you're landing the job interviews and even second rounds of meet-and-greets, but that coveted job offer is eluding you, it's time to ask yourself some questions.
Find out why you might not be closing the deal after landing the interviews, and most important, how to make the most of unemployment.
Is your resume properly representing you? If you're securing interviews, then you're standing out among other applicants. Consider it as though your online dating profile is strong: you're attracting the right people, but you haven't found the right fit just yet.
Perhaps there's a disconnect between your resume and your actual personality. For example, you might seem seasoned and highly experienced on paper, but then unimpressive in person. This can throw interviewers off!
What you can do: Ask two or three close friends to review your resume and ask them if it reflects you. You might not need to upgrade your resume, but rather ensure that your resume is a closer representation of you.
If you receive a rejection email from HR at a company you interviewed with, don't be shy to ask why you weren't the right fit; this can be one way to gain some insight for future interviews. Even if they withhold negative feedback (they will likely be polite!), you might get some clues as to what went wrong or what they were looking for.
In any case your resume only gets you halfway there; now you need to knock it out of the park with your interview skills.
During the interview:
Are you standing out?

HR managers meet with multiple candidates, sometimes back-to-back. So your qualifications can make you a great fit, but your personality also needs to shine and stand out. If HR needs to look back at their notes to remember who you are, then you didn't do a good enough job to make a strong impression.

What you can do: To hit a home run during your next interview(s), be professional with a hint of conversational and friendly. When it comes to "fit," hiring managers look for people who are competent but would also fit right into the work culture. Change your interview mindset going forward and try to loosen up and be personable.

  Are you coming across as desperate?
As much as the company you're interviewing with might your "dream job" (and you really need a job at this point!), your gushing can be perceived as begging.
What you can do: Make your desire clear when asked "Why do you want to work here?" but make sure you tell the hiring manager why they should hire you. You want them to feel that hiring you is the smart choice or favor, and not the other way around. 

Are you dropping the ball after the interview?
Are you doing everything you need to do after the interview, like sending a thank you email or even better, a card? (P.S. you need to do at least one of these.) Or perhaps you need to rethink the people you've enlisted as your references -- you want to ensure these are the people who will really vouch for you on another level!

  General career choice:
If your job search is beginning to weigh you down and is nearing the 12-month mark, it's time to start asking yourself some important questions, like:
  • Are you in the right industry?
  • Do you know what you want?
  • Is it time to consider a career pivot?
Consider reaching out to mentors or a career coach for some extra guidance. You might need some objective perspectives on your career path, and meeting with a career or life coach can either validate your choices or help you uncover an entirely new passion to pursue. Maybe the universe is trying to tell you something!
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Community Calendar
Career Development Events

PitchMasters |  Drop in and Test Your Elevator Pitch
with Christian Saint Cyr, author, BC Job Search Guide
Mondays, June 12th, 19th and 26th |  10am
Location: GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC, 1901 Rosser Ave., #600, Burnaby, BC
Getting Connected: Information and Opportunities in Self Employment
Guest: The Reger Group
Mondays June 12th   |   11am
Location: GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC, 1901 Rosser Ave., #600, Burnaby, BC

Job Postings
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Employment Facilitator *NEW*
Immigrant Services Society of BC
Vancouver, BC
Closes: June 13, 2017
Specialized Facilitator *NEW*
White Rock, BC
Closes: June 14, 2017
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Kelowna, BC
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Surrey, BC
Closes: June 18, 2017
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Richmond, BC
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Did you know?
Fascinating Facts

By province, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec saw the biggest job gains last month. By industry, the services sector gained 31,300 jobs last month while the goods-producing sector added 23,300 positions, including 25,300 more in manufacturing with offsets in other areas. In services, there was a gain of 25,900 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services category.

- Statistics Canada
Quote of the Week
Career Inspiration

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
  - M. Scott Peck
In This Issue
Britco Hires 40
12 BC Companies Get Funding
Overcoming Unemployment
LMI in Social Media
Career Development Calendar
5 Career Development Job Postings
Fascinating Facts About May's Unemployment Numbers
Inspirational Quote About Overcoming Adversity
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