For many of us, our careers play a significant role in defining who we are to the world. Often our workplace forms a community of friends and colleagues, mentors and teachers; it gives us a place to rise to the occasion, a chance to shine.
However, for others, even just the mention of work can evoke negative feelings. Fear for example can be impeding when it comes to seeking out or applying for a new job.
But it doesn’t have to be.
A true passion of hers, Tracy Williams, executive director at Career Connections has been working in the supported employment field for more than a decade. “We assist individuals with barriers to finding employment; from a physical hurdle such as hearing or vision impairment to mental health issues and everything in between, we help them gain competitive employment within this community.”
Fortunate to have a rewarding occupation herself, Williams and her team at Career Connections provide a full vocational assessment to help determine a person’s interests as well as strengths and abilities. “For everyone from those who have never worked before to those who need help retaining employment, we’re here to help.”
Career Connections helps with resume writing, interview prep as well as assistance with the job search, on-the-job training and even post- employment follow-up coaching.
“I’m very passionate about helping people gain meaningful employment. Not only does everyone deserve rewarding work, but inclusion and diversity in the work force helps us all,” she says.
Do You Own A Business?
Consider utilizing Career Connections’ free service to help you find the right employee for your business. Diversity and inclusion in the workforce impacts more than just your employees. It’s a great way to share your values with your customers and can provide an incredible return on investment.
“This isn’t a charity,” Williams explains. “Don’t give someone a job because you feel it’s the right thing to do. This is real work for real pay. Give someone a job because they are the best candidates for that role. People with mental or physical disabilities typically have better attendance. They generally give 110 percent to their job and contribute to a better rate of punctuality, employee morale, teamwork and safety in the workplace.”
“I believe everyone deserves the right to work in a job they enjoy and get a fair and equitable pay check.”
From physical labour jobs, sales and customer support, the options are endless. And, because all of the services Career Connections offer are free of charge, the only thing you have to lose is time you could have spent working with an expert.
To meet your next employee, call or stop by Career Connections today.