Our Services

 

 
     
 
 
 

 

Services

Training

 

 We Offer

 

Dynamic Online employment and personal support workshops

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Engaging facilitated workshops

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Topics Include:

Workplace Communication for job success

Personal Planning & Goal Setting that works!

Self Esteem and Motivational Techniques

Career Development and Employment Readiness

Professional Self-Marketing Skills

Portfolio development

Proven Interview & Job Search Skills

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The RITE Program

 

Realizing Independence through Employment

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This program will equip participants with developmental disabilities with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully create meaningful, productive and empowering employment and/or community attachments. The program is designed to assist participants with taking the necessary steps involved in securing those attachments. Steps include: strengths and interest identification, goal planning, health and wellness maintenance, networking, personal presentation skills and resume and portfolio development.

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Debbie Ogrodnick, Program Director

Debbie is the CEO of Positive Impact Employment Services and the Director of the RITE program. Positive Impact Employment Services works with existing organizations, delivering dynamic and interactive facilitated and online programming. Additional services offered are Job Development, Customized Employment Development, Employment Coaching and Curriculum Development. Debbie is a member of the BC College of Teachers, BC Career Development Association and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals.  Debbie is a Certified Teacher, Certified Career Development Practitioner and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional. She has had extensiveexperience and success in developing innovative programs for youth and adults with disabilities..

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"Debbie is a seasoned professional and her team emulates this professional standard in working with our clients and with their contact with employers. Should an organization require any of the above services you can be assured that Debbie and her team will be committed to providing a quality service."

Executive Director, Worklink Employment Society

 

 

 

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Resumes

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It has been said that "you have one chance to make a good first impression." When writing a resume consider design layout, font style, wording and most importantly the job you are applying for. In order to achieve the desired result, obtaining an interview and landing the job, you must tailor your resume specifically to the job you are applying for. Contact us and we will help you write that resume that will get you noticed

 

Resume & Cover Letter Development

 

 

Consider this when designing your resume….

 

First Impressions

Is the layout easy to read with ample whitespace?

Is it professionally designed?

Did you include a Qualifications Summary highlighting key skills, experience, education and accomplishments relevant to the targeted job?

Is the length appropriate 1-2 pages?

Is the font style and size consistent throughout the resume?

 

Accomplishments & Recognition

 

Are accomplishments listed utilizing strong and varied action words

Examples:

“Outstanding record in recruiting, training and motivating employees”

(MANAGEMENT)

 

“Received safety award for accident prevention and workplace safety”

(CONSTRUCTION)

 

“Consistently ranked among the top 5 Sales Reps in the company”

(SALES)

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“Assisted with reorganizing filing system, resulting in increased efficiency for all staff”

 (ADMINISTRATION)

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Are acknowledgments from previous employers addressed?

Examples:

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“Recognized by management for being a natural caregiver”

(RCA)

 

“Acknowledged for perfect work attendance”

(COOK)

 

“Promoted to key-holder within 3 months of employment”

(SALES)

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Choose between a Chronological, Functional or Combination Resume

The Chronological Resume lists your previous work experience and works backwards throughout your employment history. The Chronological resume usually covers approximately ten years of work history, highlighting skills and experience acquired from each position held. This is the most traditional resume used and often the one employers prefer. If you are applying for a similar position from the ones you have previously held then go with this resume type.

 

The Functional Resume lists skills and achievements without mention of work history. If you have a very limited work history and or large gaps in employment you may choose to use this resume format.

 

The Combination Resume is most often used for those seeking a career change from what they have previously done in the past. The combination resume highlights skills and experience pertinent to the position being applied to and also lists previous employment history.

For a more detailed description of the three resume types and to see examples please click on this link:

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http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumes/p/resumetypes.htm

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Cover Letters

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5 Reasons to include a cover letter with your application package:

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1)    Great first impression – indicates to employers that you have put thought into the company and position you are applying for

2)    Summarizes key skills, experience and accomplishments that are related to the qualifications noted in the job posting

3)    Provides an opportunity for you to showcase what you know about the company and position you are applying for.

4)    Allows you to state your personal attributes and explain why you would be a good fit

5)    It’s that little extra that just may be the deciding force that puts your application into the YES pile!

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Cover Letter Format

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Opening Paragraph: State clearly the position you are applying for and provide one or two sentences indicating your interest in the position

 

Body- Paragraph 1: Describe how you match all the qualifications in the position posted – provide examples as the where you demonstrated those skills in your previous employment history

 

Body- Paragraph 2: Explain why you would like to work for this particular organization and what personal qualities or attributes make you an ideal candidate for the job

 

Closing- State your interest in meeting with the employer; list your contact information and most importantly ask for the interview.

 

Sample letter

 

Nov 20, 2010

Jane Smith

Hiring Manager

ABC Collections Company.

300 -270 Riverside Drive

Victoria, BC V9T 2A3

 

Re: Collections Officer

 

Dear Ms. Smith

 

Please accept this letter and attached resume as my application for the position of Collections Officer. I have reviewed the qualifications for the position and believe my clear and direct communication style would be an asset for this position.

 

I have demonstrated strengths in communicating well with both co-workers and the general public. While employed at The Fix It Store, I was often called to the customer service desk to address customer concerns and dissatisfactions. My supervisors frequently acknowledged my exceptional ability to calm difficult and irate customers. Recently I received my Microsoft Office certification at Camosun College and have consistently demonstrated my proficient knowledge of Word, Excel and Access throughout my employment history.

 

It would be a pleasure to work for ABC Collections, a company so dedicated to environmental practices and who recently received an award for implementing a minimal paper policy. I am a highly energetic person who enjoys cycling to work and who thrives in a busy and dynamic work environment.

 

I am very interested in expanding my knowledge and skills set and look forward to contributing to the continued success of your organization. I can be contacted at 250 778-9000 to arrange an interview.

 

 

Thank you,

Sincerely,

 

Sally Sakora

 

 

 

Coaching

 

Job Development

 

We offer professional Job Development Services – Our expert coaches support our clients with professional and personal development resources and strategies. Our expert coaches are well connected to the business community and have developed relationships with employers across all industries including:


Healthcare

Computer/IT

Communications

Administration

Service & Hospitality

Trades & Labour

Education


We work side by side with our clients to develop action plans and coaching strategies specifically tailored to personal and professional goals.


Services Include:


Career exploration for those in career transition

Personal learning assessments to determine best learning strategies

Information on government and public funded training programs

Professional Cover letter and Resume development

Business Card development

Assistance with uploading online application packages and formatting documents for email

Facilitation of networking opportunities – (We are a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)

Generating lists of employers & businesses to contact

Interview skills coaching & assistance with preparing for the interview

Portfolio development assistance

Ongoing encouragement and support – we are an email or phone call away- even on the weekends!

Cutting edge coaching strategies on planning, goal setting and confidence building

Assistance with filling out application forms

 

Coaching

 

We provide on the job support, training and most importantly encouragement to those who have been unsuccessful in maintaining / finding employment or who are re-entering the workforce after an extended absence due to injury or disability. We provide job placement opportunities, constructive feedback, and support a smooth and successful transition back to work.

 

Additional Services

 

Depending on the specific needs of the client, our services can be tailored to best support a successful outcome

On the job coaching to ensure a successful transition into employment

Mapping bus routes

Wake up calls

Online training

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

~ Wayne Gretzky