Worst in the west

According to Stats Canada there are over five people in need of work for every job vacancy in British Columbia.

It’s no secret how difficult it is to find a full-time job these days. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc. (CCCSC) says that the latest numbers from Statistics Canada paint a bleak picture for those looking for work. For every job vacancy in British Columbia there are over five in the market for the position.

B.C. is doing the worst in the west:

• B.C. has 5.5 unemployed people for every job vacancy.

• Alberta has a ratio of 2:1.

• Saskatchewan and Manitoba have three unemployed people for every job vacancy.

In other parts of the country, the numbers are even worse; and the national average is 6.8 to 1.

“It’s important to live within your means even if that means adjusting your lifestyle,” said Jeff Schwartz, executive director of CCCSC.

He offers the following advice:

Don’t give up. Competition is fierce for the few jobs available but the odds are not insurmountable. Make finding a job your full-time job. In times like these, a job isn’t going to find you—you have to find it.

Cut back where possible. Adjusting your lifestyle to fit your decreased income is necessary to avoid falling in debt.

Invest in yourself. When battling with large numbers of fellow applicants, you need to do what you can to stand out. Acquiring different certifications or licenses in active industries will differentiate your resume from others. It also shows that you are willing to take on new challenges and learn new things.

No job is too small. Not every job has to be your dream job. Taking odd jobs will not only allow you to bring in some much needed money, but it may also lead to other job opportunities. Work hard and good things will happen.


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