Ashutosh came to the Calgary Career Hub in July 2018 after having been unemployed for a year following a re-organization. He had used this time to do an EMBA program which he expected to complete in August and then rejoin the workforce. Despite being very experienced and with a long resume, Ashutosh was experiencing trouble finding a meaningful role and employment. At Calgary Career Hub, he began to attend workshops and improve his ability to market himself and promote his abilities to potential employers.Focusing on his resume and self-marketing, Ashutosh was able to highlight specific skills and experiences that would help to increase his employment opportunities.
Workshops such as Resumes That Get Read, Interview Skills, Networking and the Hidden Job Market, were central to his learning and equipped him with the tools he needed. In particular, making sure his resume was formatted for applicant tracking systems and automated readers gave him an edge in standing out from his competition. The staff at Calgary Career Hub were also able to help Ashutosh create a new resume and cover letter based on the specific position he was applying for.
Ashutosh also took advantage of one-on-one sessions with specialists to help him on his journey, meeting with Workshop Facilitators, Job Developers and other staff. Ashutosh also took advantage of one-on-one sessions with specialists to help him on his journey, meeting with Workshop Facilitators, Job Developers and other staff. Speaking of his experience in attending Calgary Career Hub, “It was exciting to overcome a challenge that I needed to work on. I learned many new skills and also more especially compassionate listening.” After committing himself wholeheartedly to the process and having already put in the work to improve his self-marketing, Ashutosh was able to apply successfully to a new role that truly resonates with his personality and unique skill set. He was able to negotiate a package that met his financial needs and career aspirations and started work in September 2018.
The part Ashutosh appreciated the most about Calgary Career Hub? “The people. Staff referred to us as “clients” yet it felt more like a team. I was not alone and always had someone to go to if needed. I appreciated what the other clients shared and learned through their questions.”
Following his success at Calgary Career Hub, Ashutosh offered a presentation to other participants. One of the central parts of his presentation was the Japanese concept of “Ikigai”, which means “a reason for being”. His talk also leveraged new online tools which he shared with the group to help them improve their presentation abilities as well as social media skills. Widely appreciated, the group was motivated and energized following his talk.