Get a Job! A Podcast by Vancouver WorkBC

Get a Job! A Podcast by Vancouver WorkBC

"Get a Job!" is a local podcast for anyone looking for work in Vancouver. Presented by the Vancouver WorkBC Centres, it covers who's hiring locally, what's going on in the job market and conversations with employment specialists and special guests about how to maximize your chances at finding and sustaining work here in the Lower Mainland.

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November 22, 2021 31 min
It’s not uncommon for job seekers to overlook opportunities in the hospitality, tourism and/or seasonal work industries, because they believe they’re not long-term, lack stability or are thankless in nature. But how true is this? In this episode, we dispel some myths around working in these sectors, explore the advantages, the likelihood of it leading to permanent positions, what kinds of people these sectors are looking for and th...
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According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, by the time we reach 40, half of us will have had or will develop a mental health problem. About 17% of British Columbians – somewhere around 800, 000 people – are experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue today, and the climate around COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. This episode is all about how mental health and mental illness can impact a job search and employ...
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Did you know that more than 926,100 British Columbians aged 15 to 64 years identify as having a disability? September is Disability Employment month in B.C., and this episode is all about the importance of inclusive hiring and employment for people with disabilities.

Our guests Yat Li (Senior Accessibility Consultant, Presidents Group) and Klaudine Go (Customized Employment Specialist, WorkBC) shed light on common myths about hirin...
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Did you know that the fastest-growing age cohort in Canada is 55+? In this episode, we chat with Peter Fischer (YWCA Metro Vancouver), Maggie MacLean (ICBC) and Mandy Causer (ICBC) about employment opportunities for older workers. They bust common myths about older employees, discuss the benefits of hiring those who are over 55 and offer resources that are out there for older job seekers.

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YWCA J...
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July 15, 2021 55 min
With COVID-19, many companies were forced to transition to remote work when restrictions were put in place. However, now that things are starting to return to the way they were before, what does the future of remote work look like? What are the pros and cons? And what do job seekers need to know if they're considering employment that allows for remote work? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more in this episode...
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June is when thousands of high school students in BC will graduate - it's also when they'll be making key decisions about the next steps in their career. While going straight on to post-secondary is what many students choose, it isn't for everyone - and if you're in this group, this episode is for you. We speak to Leena Aabedi (This Way ONward Program Coordinator), Rafael Kuhnen (Video Game Designer at Electronic Ar...
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Ever wondered where certain industries in BC are heading, or what the labour market even is? In this episode of Get a Job, we speak to Publisher of the BC Labour Market Report, Christian Saint Cyr, and Senior Operations Manager of WorkBC Tri-Cities, Soudabeh Rafiei, about their predictions of the BC Labour Market, where they see long-term changes and shifts, and how you can use this labour market information as an invaluable tool t...
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April 8, 2021 51 min
If you've recently completed your post-secondary education and you're wondering what's next, this episode is for you. This period after graduation can be full of uncertainty and stress, as you try and navigate your next steps to employment in "the real world." We talk to four employment experts (Abraham Asrat - Manager, Employer and Alumni Engagement at UBC, Deanne Esdale - Communications Lead, Career Education...
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For job seekers these days, knowing how to use LinkedIn to its full potential can be the difference between building relationships and landing an interview, and a stagnant job search. In this episode of Get a Job, we chat to recruiters Lisa McAteer and Lindsay Bissett about how they use LinkedIn to identify candidates, what they look for in job seekers' profiles, LinkedIn mistakes you'll want to avoid making, and how you ca...
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January 22, 2021 39 min
Thinking of changing career directions in 2021? Whether you've been laid off due to the pandemic and need to go down a different job route, or you feel it's just time for a change, switching course in your career can be a daunting task. Learn how to go about it in this episode of Get a Job, where we chat to WorkBC Centre staff Zehra Kizilbash and Carolynn Duggan.

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WorkBC Midtown East monthly ...
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December 15, 2020 30 min
What comes to mind when you think of WorkBC? Is it a government website where jobs are posted? Is it somewhere where you can get basic resume/cover letter help? Well, WorkBC is those things, but it's also so much more. WorkBC Centres are a dynamic, supportive environment where, with the help of a team of employment specialists, you can reach your career goals. Whether you want to build your own business, get a certification or ...
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Starting your job search as an immigrant/newcomer in a new country can be tough, and there are so many myths out there about how to find work when you've recently arrived. In this episode of Get a Job, we chat to representatives from the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, MOSAIC and WorkBC to dispel some of these myths, and provide a 360 degree insight (from a potential employers' perspective, settlement services perspecti...
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October 6, 2020 26 min
So much has gone virtual since the pandemic, and the recruitment process has been no exception. That's why it's so important for job seekers today to be adaptable and prepared for virtual job interviews. In this episode of Get a Job, we chat to Annie Hsu, a WorkBC Career Advisor (WorkBC Centre North Vancouver), about virtual interviews and how to prepare for them. From getting your background and technology right, to practi...
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In celebration of September being Disability Employment Month in BC, this episode is for job seekers with disabilities, and is all about inclusive hiring. We chat to Sean Miles, Employer Engagement Manager at WorkBC City Centre and Asha Maharaj, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at VanCity, about what supports are out there for job seekers with disabilities, advice on how you can approach your job search if you've got a disabi...
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August 31, 2020 36 min
Resumes - they're one of the most fundamental parts of a job application, but there's so much information out there on how to get them right. In this episode of Get a Job, we chat to Clare Li, a WorkBC Employment Coach, about resume myths and tips. Do they really have to be just one page long? Is including hobbies necessary? What are employers actually looking for?

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- Find your local WorkBC C...
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In this episode of Get a Job, we chat to UX/UI Designer and former WorkBC Centre client AyeMin about how he secured work during COVID-19, with the support of WorkBC. We also speak to Lindsay Nielsen, WorkBC Facilitator and Career Adviser about how she and AyeMin worked together, tips and tricks to finding work right now and how job seekers can stay motivated during this challenging time.

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Make a Fut...
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In this episode of Get a Job, Alex Bell talks to Rune Mikkelsen (Senior Manager, Career Zone) and Lauren Fuerderer (Summer Student Placement Specialist, Career Zone), about youth employment and summer jobs this year in the context of COVID-19. They cover career laddering, the value of what some may call "entry level jobs" and what's going on in employment in Vancouver.
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What's a virtual job fair? How do you prepare? Can you actually get a job from one? Virtual job fairs have become increasingly popular as COVID-19 has developed, and in this episode, Alex Bell (WorkBC), Anastasia Sillick (WorkBC) and Simon Chou (BCjobs.ca) will answer all your questions about them, as well as highlight virtual hiring events coming up in Vancouver.
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