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THE LATEST FROM OPEN DOOR GROUP

Mike’s Story

Mike’s Story

Mike completed Open Door Group’s Job in Demand Program in the winter of 2020.

With hopes of doing a career change, Mike came to WorkBC Kamloops to do some career exploration. He worked with Colleen, his assigned case manager, who referred him to the Open Door Group Jobs in Demand Program. The program provided industry related certificates, industry specific soft and essential skills training for the workplace. In addition, the program provides a personalized plan to support career success and employability skills training such as resume and cover letter development. Upon completion of the program, Mike was successful in landing a full time position at Mustard Seed. He now works as a peer support worker in the Men’s Supported Living Program for men in recovery. Way to go Mike!

“I would recommend this program to any person looking for a career change that is unemployed but has job ready skills. The service and support from the facilitators, to the case managers, to the support staff at WorkBC was phenomenal. They have genuine care and concern for each client and set us up for success based on our own personal employment goals.”

Jackie’s Story

Jackie’s Story

Jackie* had a long term role in the city and had moved to a smaller town that would require a long commute. She found it challenging to find an equivalent job close to her new home. Jackie came to WorkBC Squamish looking for assistance with her job search and to explore training opportunities in a new industry. She received support and guidance in her job search strategy, from learning how to optimize her resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile to improving her interview skills. In addition, Jackie’s employment advisor helped her learn the value of the skillset she possessed that could transfer to other industries. Furthermore, she learned the value of confidence and marketing oneself. Once Jackie began her job search with a new strategy under her belt, she found greater success than she thought possible.

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This role is exactly where I want my career to go… I truly could not have attained this position if it wasn’t for all of the support and training I received from you and the WorkBC team (there were over 200 applicants!). You have given me the required tools to prepare a cover letter and resume that gets noticed and confidence in explaining who I am and why I should be hired in the interviews. Also, I had the confidence going in to successfully negotiate a higher salary! I think there is a misconception that the WorkBC programs are only for “blue-collar” type positions. It needs to be better known that your program is for everyone.

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