As I've been on both sides of the interview desk, I had the opportunity today to work with Jen and Randy who are doing amazing work at The Pathway Project. As the program teaches you life skills, and assists you to get back into the workplace, I wasn't sure what level to expect of the participants. I would have hired the large majority of them on the spot, as being in this intense program requires an unprecedented dedication that most facilities don't require of the youth; for example, you must be not just be on time, but 15 minutes early for every single day you're in the program. From their website:
Are you between the ages of 15 and 30, out of school and out of work? The Pathway Project may be just the thing for you. Participants are paid to look for work - plus, you'll get Food Safe, SuperHost, and First Aid Level One certifications . How cool is that? AND we can offer a wage subsidy to an employer as an incentive to hire you!
If this means you, give Jen or Randy a call! 250-391-1487. or come by and check out the project in person - 101-847 Goldstream Avenue, behind Timmy's and see if it's a fit for you. If you're a local employer, I would contact them as well, as they provide facilitation throughout the process, and are dealing only with people who have proven commitment and responsibility, and are eager to get back into the work place.
Some tips for the next time you're interviewed:
- Make sure you mention the organization in your cover letter. I've received many cover letters mentioning a different establishment, I throw those resumes out immediately. Do enough research about the organization and try to fit it into the interview to show you've done your homework.
- Posture: Make sure you're sitting with your back straight and not squirming or twitching, like clicking a pen. If you get tense, cross your fingers together, and press your thumbs tightly together or curl your toes in your shoes (actions the employer can not see)
- Avoid negative comments, you can turn anything into a positive. Instead of saying "I quit my last job for a better one" can be "I moved on to more strategic opportunities" for example.
- Be confident! Own the interview, realize to get to this stage they're interested in you want and just want to see how well you'd fit. Let them know why they have to pick you out of all of the others, and why they don't need to look any further.
- Appearance: Just like doing the research above, dressing your best for an interview shows you're willing to go above and beyond for this organization.
- Never say you are leaving a job for more pay.
- If hired, tell the new organization you must give proper notice to the organization you're currently with, this demonstrates you'll likely do the same for the new one.