New Employment Services Project Receives Public Stamp Of Approval

Hollie Robitaille on the left, and Andrea Kennedy, on the right, were very pleased with the response from the public during the first day they held registrations for their new Valley East Today Employment Services initiative at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday, January 14, 2006.

"Everyone thinks the idea is really great," stated Andrea.

Hollie concurred, "We're getting good comments from everyone who stops by. Many of them have taken an information sheet and have said they will look at the web site. Others just read the page over and register right away."

While the site will include a section where businesses can post job vacancies, the main objective of the Employment Service is to provide a place where "passive employers" can come to see who is available and seeking work.

"Passive Employers" are potential employers who may not be actively seeking new staff, but who will consider hiring someone if they feel that person can enhance the operation of the business. The web site will contain a list of people living in Valley East and Capreol who have certain skills and experience that they would like to use to gain employment in the area. If one of the "passive employers" sees the profile of someone he/she feels might have something to offer the company, then the business manager or owner is free to contact the person for more information.

"We have a wealth of human resources in this community," declares Robert Kirwan. "Many people have accumulated an enormous amount of experience in a wide variety of situations over their lifetime. A lot of them would love to work on a part-time basis to supplement their current income or pension. And since my background has shown me that very few employers ever post their job vacancies, relying more on word-of-mouth and references to fill those empty positions, it is very difficult for an individual to be aware of those openings."

Kirwan expects that hundreds of people will eventually be posted on the site providing employers with a huge "talent pool" from which to select potential employees.

Kirwan went on to explain, "The mission of Valley East Today is to provide the community with an effective communication vehicle through which to enhance awareness among local residents. We want to 'connect' the people in Valley East and Capreol so that they can all become more aware of what is going on in the community and also become more aware of how they can all work together to ensure a strong and viable future. There are many people in this community who have skills that can help local businesses become more successful and responsive to the needs of their prime market. The Valley East Today Employment Services Section will enable us to 'connect' people who want to work and who have something to offer with businesses which can use that help."

People looking for work, including home-based businesses, and businesses in need of employees, may register with the Valley East Today Employment Services by visiting the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre Saturday mornings during January and February 2006 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon.

You may also register weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the site of the new Valley East Today office which will be opening up at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre effective January 23, 2006.

Online registration information is also possible through the following link:



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