We are a non profit, Pre-employment Centre dedicated to assist individuals prepare for a successful job search and/or career change.
The staff at Osborne Village Resource Centre–Keith, Betty, Kristina, John, Jude, Lisa and Judy– would like to thank the Assiniboine Credit Union for demonstrating their community support by providing the Centre with a generous grant that allowed us to replace the decade old client chairs. Our clients will appreciate working on their job search in these ergonomically correct chairs. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!
Need some guidance with cover letters, interviews, chosing a career or finding a job? The Osborne Village Resource Centre runs several free workshops on these very topics.
Dear Mr. Keith Robinson,
Over the summer I was laid off from my position at the company I had been employed with for five years just as I was due to return from maternity leave. I was at a loss and didn’t know what to do since I couldn’t go back on unemployment and had already lined up childcare for my children. Unsure of how long I would be unemployed for, I decided to pursue education and went down to Employment Manitoba to find out what my options were. While I didn’t get the assistance I was looking for there, I did receive a list of resource centers throughout the city that assisted with career counseling. Yours was highlighted in yellow.
I called the next day and set up an appointment with Lisa Elmhurst to review my resume and cover letter. I spent almost two full hours with Lisa reviewing what I had, what could be tweaked, and gaining insight into companies to apply at, how to sell myself, etc. It was very empowering and informative. From there, I set out on my quest for the perfect job for me. Once I started receiving requests for phone screen interviews I determined it was time to shore up my interview skills, so I booked a spot in Jude Gaal’s “Ace That Interview” workshop. I admit I balked at the idea of an interview prep course being two full days (I couldn’t imagine what we would need 15 hours for), but it was intense, to say the least. I gained so much knowledge in those two days that I would never have received from anywhere else. The workshop was on a Wednesday and Thursday and my first in-person interview was the next day on the Friday. Not a lot of time to practice what I had learned! But it was just enough and I did it. I landed that job and I start on Friday, October 19.
I can’t say enough good things about Osborne Village Resource Center. I have recommended its services to everyone I know. Thank you for your dedication to the residents of the city of Winnipeg and helping them obtain meaningful employment. If I can ever give back to the center in another way, please do not hesitate to reach out.
My sincerest thanks and warmest regards,
My heartfelt thanks to each one of you Keith, Kristina, Betty, Judy, Jude, Lisa and John. You have given me the gift of encouragement and hope in a difficult time. I am so grateful for your support. Thanks for being there for me. Thank you so much Jude, Betty, Lisa and Kristina. The phrase is simple and the words are few, but behind them is a whole of appreciation. I was so touched by all the support you have given me. Thank you again.
I had the pleasure of having a one on one appointment with Kristina, and attended one of her seminars (Branding Yourself).In addition, I had the assistance of Jude Gaal with my Resume. It is a process when searching for employment and you meet many people during the journey that help you along the way. I was fortunate to come into the Centre and get the help I needed thanks to Kristina and Jude.
The services are instrumental in assisting people searching for employment. In these challenging times with how looking for work has changed, these resources are needed by getting people in jobs suited to their skills, interest and abilities. There are many facets to searching for employment and being at the resource centre, I am pleased to see their covered in several accessible ways from seminars, brochures, accessibility to computers, and one on one meetings. May the Centre continue with the success of assisting people by getting the funding that is required to offer these valuable services to the public.