Okanagan Panorama

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:31

Older Job Seekers Need Our Help

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Older Job Seekers Need Our Help by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.


This week I would like to do a shout out to Jayne Williams-AleckJayne Williams-Aleck & Joan ScottJoan Scott of the Urban Older Worker Job Search Program at Kelowna Community ResourcesKelowna Community Resources for inviting me last week to speak to their class participants on the topic of Power Networking for Job Seekers.

This is the fourth or fifth occasion I have done so.

The Okanagan is known for being very challenging in locating and securing employment. When I first moved here 25 years ago from Ontario the most common comment that I heard in conversation at a networking event was “Why do you Easterners come out here to steal our jobs?” I went for a job interview at Kelowna General Hospital. The supervisor interviewing me basically said the same thing. It was a two part interview. The second step was with the supervisor’s overseer. Guess what he said? Yep … “Why did you leave Ontario?”

I also found that people tended to look down at me when I mentioned that I was unemployed. Okay, they may have been looking down at me because I’m short but I don’t think so. I recall changing my story. I was about 35 years old at the time and started saying in my elevator pitch “Yeah, I am retired but if the right opportunity arose, I would be on it!” It is amazing how people look at you different if you are retired at 35 or if you are unemployed.

Obtaining meaningful and well-paying employment in the Okanagan can be like winning a lottery. I hear of different businesses that have retained their employees for 20 to 30 years. When you are on a casual employment list for 10 years with no sign of a future opening opportunity it can be frustrating.

One of the activities I recommend to job seekers is to attend local networking events. This can be hit or miss and I do mean hit as I receive a lot of feedback that they are seen as meat markets rather than meet markets. Job seekers are encouraged to network with business people that may be in a position to assist them. Sure offering them a job would be great but there is also value in meeting with them for coffee and sharing your views and experience with the local job market. Perhaps you can make some connections for them. For an hour of your time and a cup of coffee you may find a connection that could benefit you as well.

I haven’t heard any Easterner comments for quite a while and after 25 years I consider myself a Westerner. Now I’m transitioning into retirement from my 35+ year nursing career … but if the right opportunity came along …

Onwards & Upwards!


Top photo credit courtesy of Pen Waggener


Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 27+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the personal/professional self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.


Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books, paperbacks and on-line courses:


Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: How to Network Like a Pro

52 Power Networking Tips: 52 Power Networking Tips: How to Network Like a Pro

PROtect Yourself Now!PROtect Yourself Now! Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers

The Savvy EmceeThe Savvy Emcee: How to be a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth

You're Hired! Job Search Strategies That WorkYou're Hired! Job Search Strategies That Work: Available as an easily downloadable e-book or as an on-line e-course.

You're Hired! Resume Tactics:You're Hired! Resume Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work

Job Interview PreparationJob Interview Preparation: Job Search Strategies That Work

Leveraging Your NetworkLeveraging Your Network: Job Search Strategies That Work

You're Hired! Power Tactics: You're Hired! Power Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work

You're Hired! Job Searching Success Tips ListYou're Hired! Job Searching Success Tips List

Working With Words:Working With Words: Adding Life to Your Oral Presentations

Blow Your Own Horn! Blow Your Own Horn! Personal Branding for Business Professionals

Make it Safe!Make it Safe! A Family Caregiver's Home Safety Assessment Guide for Supporting Elders@Home


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