Job Seekers

KES has plenty to offer job seekers. Our self-serve resource centre is a comfortable space where our friendly staff are always there to help you. The job board contains the latest local jobs and training information. Nine up-to-date computers with high speed internet are available for job seeker use as is the laser printer, a scanner and a telephone. If you’re not computer savvy but have to put together a resume we have résumé and cover letter builders on our computers to make it easy.

We also do faxing and photocopying. Our comprehensive resource library contains over 150 up-to-date titles on small business, job search, technology and self-help topics. All books are available for lending for up to two-weeks. Our community resource directory (2013) will help you locate programs and services in our community. All services are free-of-charge to job seekers.

If more in-depth assistance is required, professional employment counselors are available to help you to develop an action plan to get you where you want to go. It could be as simple as providing you with tips on improving your resume to conducting an in depth career assessment. We have the latest information on grants and funding for education and small business starts.

We also conduct specialized employment programs for various groups of people along with our core employment services.

Links for Job-Seekers

“It was through KES that I found the job posting for the Regional Program Coordinator for the Community Action Program for Children in the East Kootenays, just a few weeks after moving to the Creston Valley in February of 2006. At that time, seeing that everything was still in boxes at my new residence, I was able to use the facilities at the employment centre to write my cover letter, curriculum vitae and prepare myself for the interview process. I believe myself very lucky indeed to have had the ES resources available to me. Had I not, I would have missed this opportunity.”

-Brent Craig, Program Coordinator, East Kootenay Community Action Program for Children

“I have been consistently impressed with the work that KES does and its role as a hub for programs in our community. The first contact I had with KES was when I moved to Creston from Calgary in 1999. I was somewhat apprehensive about going into the office, having dealt with a rather cold, impersonal, larger center in Calgary. From the moment I walked in the door, the staff was friendly and helpful, and seemed to be interested in me as a new member of the community. I felt at ease, encouraged, and motivated to come back for help with my job search. A year later, my daughter and her friend both benefited from the same experience.”

-Teresa Caruso, ABE and ESL Instructor, College of the Rockies, Creston Campus

“Four years ago, as a young mom, I began my search for employment in Creston. I was volunteering at the Creston Public Library and had missed an opportunity for employment there because I lacked computer skills. The staff at Kootenay Employment helped me to enter the ‘Bridging for Women’ program at the local college. This program gave me all of the computer skills that I needed along with much more. Six months after I completed the program another job opened at the library and I was hired.”

-Margaret Basaraba, Children’s Librarian, Creston Public Library