Free resume-writing workshop offered

New employment centre in Invermere encourages valley residents to update their professional first impression.

For anyone un- or underemployed, often a resume is the only chance to make a great first impression and land that coveted interview. Studies show that employers take just 10 to 15 seconds to look at a resume before deciding if an applicant merits any more of their time. Such a short window of opportunity can be daunting but the new WorkBC Columbia Valley Employment Centre in Invermere is here to help.

The centre is offering a free resume-writing workshop on Wednesday, August 15 for anyone keen to learn how to write an effective resume and cover letter. Completing application forms will also be discussed and presentations will be given by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and WorkBC staff.

“We’re going to be giving them the latest up-to-date information on how to match their resume and cover letter to the job that they’re applying for,” said Jim Jenksinson, the employment centre’s self help host and one of the workshop presenters. “This workshop is to help people taylor their applications to the job to increase their chances.”

He said he deals with lots of people who fire off their resumes to 80 employers and are amazed they don’t receive a single reply. These people need to learn how to relate their skills and job experience to the job that’s being advertised, he said, as opposed to the generic resume.

As the hour and a half workshop may not be suitable for everyone, those interested are asked to call the office beforehand to determine if they should attend the session or participate in other employment planning sessions the centre offers. Two times are being offered — 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. The evening option is to accomodate those who work but still want help updating their resumes. To inquire about registration, please call 250-341-6889. For more information on other programs and services the centre offers, visit or drop in to the centre between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The employment centre is located above the Thrift Shop in Invermere at 1313-7th Avenue.