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‘We need people to go back to work,’ Vancouver recruiter says

It’s a good time for emerging young professionals to move into leadership ranks, he adds

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 9, 2023, 6:03am

The demand for workers is steady in many industries, and some claim that the early fall months are a good time to change careers.

“We need people to go back to work,” said Dan Whiteley, president and executive recruiter for the construction group at Vancouver’s A.L. Merryman. “There’s still a demand out there for qualified folks that want to show up on time and put in a meaningful 40 hours a week.”

The recruiter maintained that it’s a good time for emerging young professionals to move into leadership ranks as well.

Whiteley recommends that job seekers clean up their social media pages and make sure their resumes are strong.

The team at Vancouver’s WorkSource office also recommends having a resume that stands out, as well as targeting each resume for each position being applied for.

On top of that, they recommend that job seekers be prepared for interviews. Be ready to talk about what skills will benefit the company, and be ready to describe your work ethic.

WorkSource offers free workshops and resources like hiring events for job seekers.

“There’s jobs out there for the sharp people who want to go get them,” said Whiteley.

Learn more about WorkSource at https://worksourceswwa.com.