I worked in a job for 8 1/2 years and had to resign due to unfortunate circumstances regarding management. I put my heart into that job and it was extremely difficult to leave. My self esteem was low after constant rejection and disappointment looking for my next job.
As I continued my journey I reached out to my neighbour, Marnie Tod, who is the Senior Recruitment Consultant for Staffmax. I emailed her my resume and she said my resume needs work and she has the perfect place for me which would be, Osborne Village Resource Centre. At first I was hesitant because I thought, how much is this going to cost me and will it really work? When I found out it was funded by the government I thought, okay its free, but what am I walking into and is it a waste of time.
I met with Val Pankratz. By this time I didn’t know what to expect. I still had my guard up because of everything I had been through.
From the moment I met with Val, all my walls were gone. We talked about so much and she was so open and understanding, I cried during that first meeting. She was able to get to the core of my pain of having to resign from my position and the loss of security. I loved how she used cards and it was about what I would like or not like in a position. Sometimes I would hesitate and she said by reading my face, it was a yes or no and she was always right! We didn’t finish my resume at the first meeting because Val took her time to really know me and help me figure out why I applied for jobs I was too qualified for and didn’t really want in the first place. I hugged her when I left and I felt so hopeful.
I returned to the office and we finished my resume, which was done to perfection. I’m so grateful for Val. I’m also so grateful that a government funded organization like yours exists.
After Val did my resume, I had job interviews and I felt empowered and confident. I’m happy to tell you that I walked into a job interview yesterday and I was hired on the spot and I’m so happy. I start on Friday!
Thank you for your time and know that Val and Osborne Village Resource Centre changes lives.
I did career counselling, got resume help, and did nearly every job search workshop available at Osborne Village Resource Centre. I can say, without a doubt, I couldn’t have gotten through my job search without their help. I learned valuable skills and knowledge. I increased my understanding and awareness of what the employer is looking for, what I was looking for, was able to analyse my struggles and strengths from previous job searches, and I understood the process much better. Everyone was very kind, helpful, understanding, flexible, and supportive. It was also a huge help to be around other people at the workshops going through similar struggles or journeys. I felt less alone, got support and encouragement, and the other attendees were also able to give me ideas and help me network as well. Because of Osborne Village Resource Centre, despite my extreme anxiety around interviews, I was able to put myself out there, I knew how to prepare and present my answers, and was able show my best self. In the end I received a job offer from every interview I attended.