Hot Jobs This Week!

This week there have been quite a few interesting opportunities in the Tri-Cities. Here are some in the Customer Service and Hospitality / Food industries.

Industry

Location

Position

Posting #/ID

Organization

Wage

Source

Due Date

Customer Service / Retail

Coquitlam

Cast Member

N/A

Silver City Coquitlam and VIP Cinemas

TBD

Indeed

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Coquitlam

Visual Assistant

3643

Garage, Coquitlam Centre

TBD

Indeed

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Coquitlam

Part-time Sales Associate

N/A

Urban Barn

TBD

Indeed

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Coquitlam

Garden Sales Associate – Waterer

N/A

The Home Depot

TBD

Workopolis

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Coquitlam

Sales Associate

3599

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

TBD

Eluta

N/A

Hospitality / Food and Beverage

Port Moody

Prep Cook / Baker

4957313090

Caffe Divano

$13 – $16

Craigslist

N/A

Hospitality / Food and Beverage

Port Moody

Baker

4957327782

Gaby & Jules

TBD

Craigslist

N/A

Hospitality / Food and Beverage

Port Moody

Barista 

N/A

STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY

TBD

Indeed

N/A

Hot Jobs This Week!

This week there are quite a few openings in Port Moody. The positions range from customer service, sales, communication and IT. Take a look:

Industry

Location

Position

Posting #/ID

Organization

Wage

Source

Due Date

Customer Service / Retail

Port Moody

Front desk reception, sales and nail tech support

4944822175

Pure Nail Bar

$10.25/hr

Craigslist

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Port Moody

Parts Advisor  4939679765

OpenRoad Mazda Port Moody

TBD

Craigslist

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Port Moody

Merchandiser

N/A

Shoppers Drug Mart

TBD

Workopolis

N/A

Customer Service / Retail

Port Moody

Customer Service

4945618814

Port Moody Liquor Store

TBD

Craigslist

N/A

Sales / Marketing

Port Moody

Inside Sales Representative

N/A

ActiveCo Computer Solutions Inc

TBD

Indeed

N/A

Government / Social Services / Education / Health

Port Moody

Communications Operator

15-17

City of Port Moody – Police Department

$31.94-35.65/hr

City of Port Moody

27-Mar-15

Engineering / IT / Green

Port Moody

Systems Administrator N/A

ActiveCo Computer Solutions Inc

TBD

Indeed

N/A

Design / Arts / Recreation

Port Moody

Weight Room Attendant

15-18

City of Port Moody

$23.83/hr

City of Port Moody

29-Mar-15

Need Help with Taxes?

Here is a list of the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Clinics offered by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Coquitlam:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/coquitlam-bc-eng.html

Port Coquitlam:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/portcoquitlam-bc-eng.html

Burnaby:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/burnaby-bc-eng.html

New Westminster:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/newwestminster-bc-eng.html

Please check the links for eligibility, as some clinics only help specific groups (ie newcomers, seniors etc,) while many are open to anyone.

Provincial and National News

New Program for Single Parents on Social Assistance

In order to encourage single parents to get back into the workforce, the BC government announced that single parents on social assistance will no longer lose their benefits when they go back to school. They will receive additional money to cover for their tuition, transportation and child care costs. The government will also fund the childcare and continue with the government-paid health and dental benefits up to a year after the completion of the skills training program. Job Minister Shirley Bond said that her ministry is currently in the midst of compiling a list of year-long skills training programs that offer a good scope of employment.

For further details please check out the following link:

http://www.tricitynews.com/news/295989651.html

 

BC’s Minimum Wage to Rise in September by 20 Cents

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond announced that BC’s minimum wage will rise from $10.25 to $10.45 this September. The liquor server wage will rise from $9.00 to $9.20. To see how BC’s hourly wage compares with the rest of Canada, check out the following link:

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/minimum+wage+rise+September+cents/10883891/story.html

 

Tapping BC’s Brimming Tech Sector

Vision Critical, a Vancouver-based tech company specializing in customer intelligence, started with 5 employees in 2000. Today, they have around 700 employees and plan to hire 80 more employees by the end of this quarter. However, the February report from Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED) questions the hype around the tech boom in BC and quotes in its report, “B.C. still lags behind other tech-producing provinces and the U.S., particularly in exports, jobs and overall GDP contribution.” Liz McDowell, CRED’s executive director quoted, “[B.C.’s tech sector] really needs more support if it’s going to match the other tech-producing provinces in Canada and if it’s going to match the U.S.” This implies more access to venture capital, modifying the rules for temporary foreign workers and expanding the tech sector beyond Vancouver.

http://www.biv.com/article/2015/3/bc-tech-sector-brimming-untapped-potential-report/

Hot Jobs This Week!!

This week’s alert – Coquitlam City Hall is hiring! The following positions have come up recently:

Arts and Culture Manager (RFT) OPEN / Parks, Recreation and Culture Services

As part of the leadership team reporting to the Manager of Community Recreation and Culture Services, you will be responsible for providing supervisory and management direction for arts, culture and heritage planning, programs and services delivered throughout the city.

Posted: Mar 06, 2015   Closing Date: Apr 06, 2015 05:00 PM   Competition #: 2015-101234

Human Resources Advisor (TFT) OPEN / Deputy City Manager’s Office

We are seeking a dynamic, experienced Human Resources Advisor to complement our team of HR professionals.

Posted: Mar 06, 2015   Closing Date: Mar 22, 2015 05:00 PM   Competition #: 2015-101235

Mapping Technician 1 (TFT) OPEN / Engineering and Public Works

This involves technical mapping work in the preparation and maintenance of City base, legal, and utility servicing maps, and recording and computing related non-graphic data using computer assisted techniques and equipment.

Posted: Mar 06, 2015   Closing Date: Mar 20, 2015 05:00 PM   Competition #: 2015-101225

Property Valuator – Negotiator (RFT) OPEN / Strategic Initiatives

As part of the Strategic Initiatives department reporting to the Manager Lands & Properties, you will handle complex real property appraisals, negotiation and advisory work in the coordination of land development projects and the inspection and valuation of real property.

Posted: Mar 05, 2015   Closing Date: Mar 22, 2015 09:57 AM   Competition #: 2015-101233

Fitness Instructors OPEN / Parks, Recreation and Culture Services

The successful candidates will be team players with excellent communication and people skills.

Posted: Mar 03, 2015   Closing Date: Mar 29, 2015 05:00 PM   Competition #: 2015-101230

Deputy City Clerk OPEN / Corporate Services

This is a role which requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, colleagues across the organization and the public.

Posted: Feb 27, 2015   Closing Date: Mar 15, 2015 05:00 PM   Competition #: 2015-101223

Provincial and National News

Job Minister Looks into Minimum Wage Hike for BC

Job Minister Shirley Bond will soon be unveiling the new plan for setting BC’s minimum wage.  Though there are plans to increase the minimum wage, it certainly will not be raised to $15. Bond said that she respects the views of the B.C. Federation of Labour to increase the minimum wage to $15, but she further quoted, “I am not, by any means, diminishing some of those stories that we’ve heard, especially from organized labour,” she said. “We’ve taken a good, thorough look at this. Lots of discussion. But I also have been clear: We’re not going to be moving to $15 an hour any time soon.”

http://www.biv.com/article/2015/3/jobs-minister-says-minimum-wage-hike-wont-be-15-ho/

BC Schools Increase Mining Education

Though the mining industry has not fared too well recently, BC schools are certainly not letting this temporary scenario deter them from thinking of long-term solutions. This is evident by the fact that many schools and universities are offering new courses in mining. UBC is launching a new executive MBA program for mining professionals. BCIT will also be introducing a bachelor of engineering program in mining this fall.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/resources/schools+increase+mining+education+despite+industry/10820890/story.html

Local and Provincial/National News

Local News

PoCo: First Facility for Medical Marijuana in the Tri-Cities?

While the City of Port Moody is setting up stringent by-laws prohibiting the production of medical marijuana within its borders, Port Coquitlam may soon have one at 1425 Kebet Way. Remedi Pharmaceuticals in liaison with Iotron Industries is planning to build the first medical marijuana production facility in the Tri-Cities. It is estimated that the facility would produce 7,800 kilograms of medical pot annually. This production set-up is expected to generate 20 full-time jobs for technicians, security and other service staff.

For the complete article, please visit:
http://www.thenownews.com/news/medical-marijuana-production-in-poco-1.1773970

Provincial and National News

Nordstrom to Hire 1000 Employees in Vancouver

Nordstrom announced that it will be hiring 1000 new employees including 44 managers for its Pacific Centre store in Vancouver. The managers will be recruited sometime in April, and the other staff is likely to be hired in June. This will ensure adequate time for training before the new store opens on 18th September, 2015.

For the complete story please check out the following link:
http://www.biv.com/article/2015/2/nordstrom-hire-1000-vancouver-employees-including-/

Construction Begins on $400-million Tumbler Ridge Wind Farm

The Tumbler Ridge Wind Farm project is considered by most to be BC’s greatest asset. It is likely to provide a financial boost to the Tumbler Ridge community that suffered a major economic setback since the coal mines shut last year. The project description states that the Red Willow Project “may provide up to 200 person years of employment, with a maximum of approximately 300 jobs at one time.”

http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/tumbler-ridge/proposed-480-million-wind-farm-near-tumbler-ridge-would-be-b-c-s-biggest-1.1772476

Study Reveals More Canadians to Work Past Age 65

Sun Life’s seventh annual Unretirement Index study released on February 18, 2015 reported that an increasing number of respondents aim to be working at age 66. Approximately 32% of Canadians are expected to work full-time after 65. This is in sharp contrast to the 2008 study that reported only 16% people who though they would still be working.

For more findings check out the following article:
http://www.biv.com/article/2015/2/more-canadians-expect-work-full-time-past-age-65-b/

Job Market Trends for 2015

2015 just started but experts are already declaring that this year the labour market may see significant changes related to the rise and fall of industries, employer expectations and generational diversity.

A recent article by Thomas Turpin, President of Technologies, Engineering and Enterprise Solutions at Randstad Canada, a leading staffing and HR solutions company, outlined some of the most noteworthy trends that we can expect to see:


  • Job Growth / Movement from West to East

Despite the negative impact of the falling oil prices on the Canadian economy, there are very good prospects for skilled workers in a variety of fields. Big infrastructure projects such as the manufacturing centres in Southwestern Ontario, the natural gas projects in BC, and the mega-hydroelectric constructions in Quebec and Manitoba, will ensure continuous employment growth.

  •  Technical Fields in High Demand

It’s not just the manufacturing industry that is bound to expand. According to Statistics Canada, there will be employment opportunities in sectors such as aerospace, logistics and warehousing, machinery, power transmission, and construction.

  •  Functional Education / Youth Unemployment

New graduates struggling to secure employment will most likely continue to be a big concern. One of the reasons for this is the growing disparity between the skills taught by training institutions, and the skills that are in demand in the job market.

  •  The ‘All-in-One’ Employee

Companies are looking for transdisciplinary employees with versatile and diversified skills such as being new-media savvy, having expertise in cross-functional roles, being able to co-operate in a virtual environment (virtual teamwork), capable of novel and adaptive thinking, as well as possessing creative / non-traditional problem solving skills!

  •  Generation Z

This year we will see representatives from the cohort of people born in mid to late 1990s entering the work force. This generation follows the Millennials, and is already branded as truly ‘stellar’ – the most educated, inventive, innovative and collaborative workers so far. They are also more entrepreneurial, wanting to make a social impact, digital natives who are connected almost 24/7 and engage in open-platform information sharing.


Although these trends are just emerging, it is important for job seekers today to be able to think about ways to keep expanding and updating their skills, give them wider exposure, and more competitive advantages. It is also about utilizing new and innovative job search techniques, pro-active approaches to connecting with employers, digital platforms for networking and representation, creative and effective resumes, professional affiliation opportunities, etc. You can find numerous tools and resources at the Port Moody ESC, and be assisted by our knowledgeable and helpful staff.

 

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