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Beautiful jobs
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Kick-start your career as a hairstylist, esthetician or registered massage therapist


If you’re looking for work in the beauty industry, a new website – BeautyJOBshop.com – may be able to help. The website connects job seekers with leading hair salons, spas and fashion-industry employers across Canada and the United States.


“Whether you’re looking for an exciting new job as a hairstylist, fashion merchandiser, makeup artist or beauty therapist, we have it all on our site,” according to BeautyJOBshop.com. “It’s 100% free for job seekers.”


The free resumé posting also includes the option to upload a short video to showcase your portfolio of work to potential employers.


As of press time, BeautyJOBshop.com included job postings for estheticians, hairstylists and massage therapists in the Lower Mainland. We wondered what experience and training it would take to land one of these “beautiful” jobs.

Crossing the job-interview minefield
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Expert advice to help you make your next interview for work a slam dunk



The job interview is a potential minefield for those who would just like to get down to doing the work instead of talking in vague abstractions about why they should be hired.


Some people don’t interview well regardless of the circumstances; some become tongue-tied when under the microscope. Others have a real problem tooting their own horns.


Knowing that some HR professionals use the interview process to trip people up intentionally (i.e., to worm out information you’d rather not divulge or to discover how you perform under stress) sets up an antagonistic, untrusting atmosphere from the start.


One interview expert says it doesn’t have to be that way.


Creating an effective resumé
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A couple generations ago most employers didn’t ask for paperwork when you approached them for a job. If they liked how you looked and how you came across in a brief conversation, you could be hired on the spot.


Once resumés entered the picture they became the standard tool for job applicants. At first they just covered the bare basics: contact info, work history and some  educational background. It didn’t matter whether you were applying to be a choreographer or a morgue attendant; everyone got the same resumé.


Today’s resumé needs to show employers what you can do for their company rather than what you’ve done for somebody else. Job titles and generic lists of duties are less valued than concrete statements explaining how you’ve demonstrated those skills and abilities.


NDP boss pushes apprenticeship system overhaul
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Business and labour criticize Industry Training Authority, but ITA boss points to record number of certifications granted in 2011


BC NDP leader Adrian Dix wants to retool B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) so apprenticeship programs produce a deeper pool of skilled labour and unions have more say in training decisions.


“The major issue facing businesses today is a lack of skilled labour,” Dix said. “The idea that we should exclude labour from the equation doesn’t make practical sense for those programs. You need to involve everybody.”


Organized labour reps remain bitter that the BC Liberals scrapped the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC) in 2004 and replaced it with the ITA, which was intended to be more responsive to industry needs.


ITAC included board representation one-third each from business, unions and government – a setup that some say resulted in gridlock. ITA has no such requirement for its board.


The Liberals conceived the ITA to be an umbrella organization that spends most of its funding on apprenticeships and subsidizing training at schools. It also buys industry intelligence from six sector-specific industry training organizations (ITOs).


Youth job program throws salon owner a lifeline
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New funding means employers can get $2,800 hiring incentive plus $1,000 for training for each of three new hires


Chloe Scarf was feeling burned out as a new entrepreneur trying to keep her Crescent Beach hair salon alive all on her own.


“I was really hitting despair,” said Scarf, who moved from Commercial Drive to South Surrey to launch Seventh Heaven Hair Gallery and Bio Salon Ltd. in September 2007.


She had tried attracting established stylists with their own clientele who would be aligned with her holistic hairstyling vision of using organic, non-synthetic products. No go. Three years ago, Scarf gave a junior stylist named Kaitlin Sheridan a chance, but she needed more confidence and training so it didn’t work out.


Then last year Scarf learned from a client about the provincial Get Youth Working! Program, which, in its January 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012, pilot phase offered a grant of $2,000 for hiring young people aged 15 to 29 for three months, as well as $1,000 for training costs.


An elephant in the north


Job opportunities are forcing northern employers to discuss strategies for attracting workers






What a difference a decade makes.



The decline of the resource sector in northern B.C. during the late 1990s prompted an exodus from the region as layoffs and closures hit the salmon industry, pulp mills and mines. The closure of Skeena Cellulose Inc.’s pulp mill at Prince Rupert in 2001 and shuttering of the Quintette and Bullmoose coal mines at Tumbler Ridge in 2000 and 2003, respectively, became icons of the region’s malaise.




The population of northern B.C. – the North Coast, Nechako and Northeast development regions – fell from 180,569 in 1997 to 164,045 a decade later. Prince Rupert, which had 18,000 residents at its height, was hit particularly hard; its population sank to approximately 12,800 in the 2006 census.




While the region’s population is set to reach 171,370 this year, it’s largely due to the vibrant northeast sector. Prince Rupert, by contrast, lost an additional 300 souls in the 2011 census.