Employment Advisor

The Career Foundation

Organization Profile: The Career Foundation offers a wide range of career and job related programs. Since its inception in 1988, The Career Foundation has steadily expanded its services. Operating out of seven locations, it now welcomes an average of over 40,000 participant visits each year. The Career Foundation receives funding from Employment Ontario, Service Canada, and private sector companies.

 

Completing the Circle

Employment Advisor

Please note that the availability of this position is contingent upon receiving confirmation of funding approval from the Federal Government. It is anticipated that the position will be available starting February 2015.

 

Position Type: Full time contract – approximately 11 months with the possibility of extension

Location: Mississauga

Report to: Program Coordinator

Experience: 2+years

 

Project Profile: The Completing the Circle’s main objective is to help 50 multi-barriered youth annually to develop a broad range of professional and life skills to enable them to participate more effectively in the job market.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):

Case manage a caseload of up to 50 multi barriered participants
Encourage youth participation in 5-weeks of employability workshops
Demonstrate and discuss appropriate workplace skills and behaviours through workshops to equip youth with the necessary pre-employment life skills needed to secure and maintain employment
Foster job search and employability through workshops and one-on-one coaching to support youth in the development of transferable workplace and life skills including team work, responsibility, self-confidence, and self-reliance in the areas of job search and job maintenance
Assist youth in securing 18-weeks of paid work experience

FACILITATION AND ONE ON ONE COACHING (75%) (Include but are not limited to):

Present the program to community partners and applicants in a clear manner ensuring that they understand the program objectives and the time requirements
Conduct accurate assessments of applicants based on the program eligibility requirements and ensures all mandatory forms are completed
Research, plan and deliver a five week, group job search strategies program
Develop, revise and update dynamic workshop materials and activities that engage youth audiences
Professionally present information to youth on topics including effective job search strategies, accessing the hidden job market, cold-calling, job posting analysis, salary negotiation, health & safety, resume & cover letter writing, developing strong references and successful interview techniques
Motivate participants through enthusiastic presentations and encouraging participation in all topics covered
Assist youth in the development of appropriate work habits, behaviors and attitudes throughout their participation in the CTC program and in the workplace
Strong familiarity with community partners, employers and stakeholders within the Peel and Halton regions
Maintain a good understanding of positions that youth are applying for
Provide individual job coaching to youth, encouraging them to apply the skills learned through the workshops
Work individually with high risk youth participants in developing skills related to creating effective self-marketing materials (resumés, cover letters, letters of introduction, follow-up correspondence, calling cards
Coach youth on interview preparation and self presentation
Discuss life skills with youth in a diplomatic and tactful manner
Oversee the Job Search area and assists youth participants on the computer
Maintain job search area with relevant information and resources
Provide youth with referral information for other services in the community
Log participants job search activities and other supports provided
Consistently and accurately update participant database documenting all activities and outcomes
Contact youth on a weekly basis to update their employment status
Assist in developing weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly reports

JOB DEVELOPMENT (25%)

Outreach to the Employer community to generate employment opportunities in the competitive labour market for youth between the ages of 15-30
Maintain a good understanding of the positions that that the participants are applying for and ensure that participants have collected appropriate information before contacting the employer
Responsible for marketing services and participants to employers, develop strong business relationships, establish and implement successful marketing and job placement strategies in order to meet or exceed established targets
Initiate and maintain accurate documentation of contacted employers, job leads and any other job development activities
Researching, creating, updating job search system for youth
Providing effective individual/group job search and cold calling support to all youth
Conducting ongoing research to identify new resources that could be utilized by youth during their job search
Directing youth to jobs by contacting employers and obtain job leads
Maintain the job posting and employer boards

QUALIFICATIONS:

University degree required
Excellent ability to develop rapport with youth
Excellent workshop facilitation skills
Effective case management/record keeping skills
Strong resume writing / critique skills and demonstrated ability to teach participants successful job search strategies
Strong command of the English language – A second language would be an asset
Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population, including individuals with barriers to employment
Flexible team player – Willingness to take initiative to lend assistance where needed to ensure that the team is successful in meeting project goals

Candidates please submit cover letter and resume, as ONE attachment addressed to The Hiring Committee to jobs@careerfoundation.org. Remember to quote the job title in the subject line of your email. Thank you.