Finding a Job
Do you need a job? Are you worried that you might lose your job? Has it been awhile since you have worked? Would you like to explore your career options? These questions, and many more can be answered by our knowledgeable and caring teams in Squamish and Whistler.
Here’s how you can find us, www.squamishesc.com, or:
Squamish #302-37989 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish, BC V8B 0A8 | 604-815-4550
Whistler #204-1200 Alpha Lake Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1 | toll free 1-877-932-1611 or 604-932-1600
We’re here to help you when you’re ready to start exploring your work options. Here are some of the ways we can help, free of charge:
◦ Access to a career counsellor who will work with you one-to-one to provide guidance as you prepare to look for work, during your job search, and all the way through to getting the job you want
◦ Workshops, both individual or with groups of other job seekers that will help you
◦ explore what skills you have and what you’re good at
◦ discover all the work options available to you
◦ create your resume, practice interviewing, and learn how to network with potential employers
◦ Programs and supports that help you meet your financial needs while you start training or during your job search, including the Single Parent Employment Initiative
◦ Financial support for things like interview clothes, work clothes, equipment and supplies, childcare and all the things you need to find and start your job
◦ For Job Seekers that have experienced violence and/or abuse, we can provide up to ten sessions with a registered Counsellor to provide support in moving forward towards employment
The Women’s Centre employment team works alongside the staff at the Squamish and Whistler employment centres. Below, our team shares a little bit about themselves in their own words:
Sarah Hart, Employment Services Facilitator & Curriculum Manager, Squamish
604-815-4550 ex. 423
I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Strategic HR Management. My career has primarily been centred around private sector work. In 2015 I embarked upon a new direction and am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Victoria. My partnership with the HSWC and WorkBC has been incredibly satisfying and a great way for me to apply my education. Outside of my vocational career, I am a professional rock climber, and have travelled extensively throughout the world in pursuit of big mountains and big adventures.
Priscilla Belanger, Employment Resource Specialist, Whistler
Prior to my move to Canada, I was an HR Practitioner both in Asia and the Middle East Region, with extensive exposure at various levels and functions in the areas of Employee Services, HR Information Systems, Payroll & Benefits, Recruitment, and Training & Organizational Development. I am born curious, love travelling and exploring, a hugger, not only of trees, but also of people and life. I am passionate in everything I do, and that’s why I enjoy and love working for and with WorkBC/HSWC.
Sonja Bizjak, Job Placement Specialist, Whistler
604-932-1600 ext. 524
I am from Austria and have a master’s degree in translation (English, Italian and German) as well as a business diploma. My passion for languages and different cultures has taken me to Ecuador and Mexico, where I lived for about two years working as a German and English teacher. In Austria, I worked at the Employment Services Branch delivering English courses. After moving to Canada I worked as a freelance translator (English into German). Although I liked working with languages I missed the interaction with people. I am very happy about this new opportunity and will do my best to use my facilitation experience together with my language knowledge (fluency in German, English, Spanish, and Italian as well as basic/intermediate French and basic Portuguese), to support the team at Work BC and the Howe Sound Women’s Centre.