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Letnick: WorkBC.ca: Website opens the door to opportunity

The start of 2014 is a great time to evaluate our lives and to set goals for the year ahead, whether they are health related, personal or professional.

It can be tough to know where to start on your resolutions and goals, but if you’re looking to build on your career, start a new career this year, or know someone who is, our government has a resource to help you.

We provide a range of resources for British Columbians, and there’s one in particular I’d like to highlight to my constituents and neighbours in the Central Okanagan.

The WorkBC.ca website is a great tool for job services and labour market information, helpful for both individuals and businesses.

British Columbians from across the province are visiting the WorkBC.ca website in record numbers, with unique visits to the website last month up by 28 per cent over the previous year, and it isn’t difficult to see why so many have found it to be a valuable resource.

When you visit Workbc.ca, you’ll find job listings, updated with new opportunities posted by top employers every day.

Since 2012, more than 77,000 jobs have been posted from more than 20,000 employers.

It’s accessible and easy to search by job titles, employers or key words, in any region of the province, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, and check back for regular updates.

Looking for a new job can be overwhelming, and with some of the tools and featured articles on the WorkBC.ca website, you’ll be ready to put your best foot forward while looking for your next career.

Being able to articulate the skills and attributes you bring to a prospective employer and knowing how you can upgrade your skills to qualify for a higher position will help you succeed in your job hunt.

On the blog posts, you will find information about work trends, job search tips, and employment programs, as well as career tools and videos.

With the Labour Market Navigator, the WorkBC.ca website isn’t just for those who are looking for a new job.

This is a great resource on job numbers, labour trends and data to better understand the B.C. labour market.

All of this helps to ensure that British Columbians make informed decisions about their careers and businesses, based on factors like how our population is expected to change, labour market differences by region, and opportunities being created throughout the province.

I hope you’ll take some time to look at this new tool, and share it with family and friends who will find it helpful.

As always, if there is a government resource that you need some assistance navigating, please don’t hesitate to contact my office, or my colleagues MLA Steve Thomson and Premier Christy Clark.

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