Get your résumés ready and your interview skills in fine form; the summer job market in Winnipeg is booming once again.
“We got a lot of high school students who are starting now to come and see us,” said Karen Velthuys, Executive Director of Youth Employment Services (YES) who adds her non-profit organization has already worked with 6,000 students this year.
“They’ve got some résumés in hand and now they want to actually get out there and starting looking for those jobs, so we’re helping them with that.
Youth Employment Services, located at Portage Avenue and Donald Street, assists job searchers between the ages of 16-29 with building a strong, targeted resume and setting up mock interviews.
“Finding a job is tough. Finding a job is a full-time job and how do you stay positive through that search and you need folks around you to help you boost that up,” Velthuys said.
She adds there are many industries in the province that are looking for work including hospitality.
“We’ve got patios that are starting to open, more restaurants are starting to look for those types of positions that would be hostesses and servers,” Velthuys said along with mentioning the construction industry which she says is always looking for help.
As for the résumé itself, Velthuys stressed that spelling is the most important part.
“As soon as you have your first spelling mistake on a résumé that’s when somebody who is reading it stops reading it and puts it aside,” she said.
And if you don’t find a job for the summer, Velthuys mentions volunteering is an excellent backup plan.
“The best way to boost your skills is through volunteering,” she said.
“Volunteerism is the most amazing thing for skill development, networking, but also your own personal development.”