- Region: Lower Mainland
- Position: Program Assistant
I remember the first day I walked into aboriginal training & employment cooperative (atec). I was frustrated, confused and just not knowing what I was doing wrong as I wasn't able to find employment, was it the way I was conducting myself at an interview or was it my resume?
I then booked for an appointment with a career counsellor with the metis employment & training program in regards to what I needed to do to find employment. I didn't need funding as I just graduated from college as an administrative assistant and completed the basic course for accounting.
I sat down with the career counsellor and would you know it... It WAS my resume. I/we made a lot of changes, brought it up to par and it looked great with the help from my career counsellor. I then got a call from the metis employment & training program coordinator stating that they were looking for an office assistant and asked me if I would come in for an interview. My interview was on a friday and shew anted to know if i'd like to start on Monday I responded, yes! What time would you like me here? I was so excited, happy and proud of myself. I was so determined to find a job and one that i loved and always wanted to do.
This position - 'Career Placement Work Experience Program' was temporary but it gave me the confidence and work experience that I neeeded. Knowing that it was a temporary position, I still had to look for other employment. A position became available with Sto:lo' Nation at the Aboriginal Training & Employment Cooperative.
I submitted my resume and cover letter and was called in for an interview... And once again, wouldn't you know it, I got the job. I now work as program assistant for Bladerunners-Sto:lo' First Nation.
This is a big thank you to the metis employment & trainging staff in Surrey, BC. I wouldn't be where I am today without their assistance.
~ Chastity Sanderson