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Working Wise: Alberta Works Week

Dear Working Wise,

I’ve been looking for a job now for 6 months, but no one in my industry seems to be hiring. I’d like to see what else is out there, but I don’t know where to look. Is there any help for people who want to switch careers or at least check out their options?
Signed, Ready for Change

April 19, 2017

Dear Ready,

Career planning is the surest way to get you where you want to go. Exploring your interests, taking inventory of your transferable skills and experience, and researching future labour market trends can help you find the right career. The CAREERinsite website is a one-stop online career planning resource. CAREERinsite can help you get to Know Yourself, Explore Your Options, Get Ready, and Take Action. If you would prefer to talk to a career advisor, you can call the toll-free Career Information Hotline at 1-800-661-3753 (780-422-4266 in Edmonton).

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can use the OCCinfo database to research your shortlist of careers. OccInfo has more than 550 occupational profiles. Each career profile includes key information, including wages, required training, working conditions and the hiring outlook.

You might also want to take in some of the Alberta Works Week events that happen across the province the last week of April. Dozens of job fairs, job-search workshops and career-planning sessions are held during Alberta Works Week to help Albertans achieve their career goals.

Alberta Works Week is a great opportunity to revisit your career plans and make sure you’re still on track. It’s also an opportunity to discover all of the career and job search services that are available in your community. Even if you have already met your career goal, what we want from our jobs tends to shift as we age, start families or near retirement.

You can also visit your nearest Alberta Works or Alberta Supports Centre any time of the year to use the career resources or talk to a Career and Employment Consultant. Career and Employment Consultants can help you with your job search, including connecting you with free workshops on searching for a new job, writing your resumé, and preparing for job interviews. They can also show you the handy job-search tools that are available in Alberta Works and Alberta Supports Centres located across the province, including:

  • job fairs
  • job postings
  • employment consultations
  • job market forecasts/trends/statistics
  • resumé and job-interview workshops
  • information on careers and training options
  • job-search tools, including computers and photocopiers

There are more than 50 Alberta Works and Alberta Supports Centres located across the province. Visit a centre nearest you.

Good Luck!

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Working Wise is a syndicated newspaper column prepared by the Government of Alberta to answer work-related questions from Albertans. Do you have a work-related question? You can send it to Charles Strachey (charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca), a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services.

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