Nationwide expansion set for WeEmploy Inc. following Saddle Lake Cree Nation agreement

With multiple agreements in the works, WeEmploy Inc. presents new avenues to connect First Nation communities, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit agencies.

 

CALGARY, ALBERTA, May 30, 2017 – Social tech company WeEmploy Inc. [WeEmploy.com] signed a service agreement with Saddle Lake Cree Nation [SaddleLake.ca] this month. The contract sees the First Nation community receive workforce and market analytics, corporate consultation, and social development support for its growing community.

WeEmploy creates opportunities for government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to better support indigenous communities across Canada. In turn, First Nations communities are able to increase awareness and create opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship, or social engagement where it is most needed.

Services include career training, employment integration, recruitment support, market and workforce analytics, technology set-up support, social investment opportunities, digital marketing, and social engagement.

WeEmploy’s services also deliver advantages for:

  • Governments: Local, provincial and federal agencies can collaborate with WeEmploy to support people in need with access to need-based services
  • Businesses: Large, medium and small corporations that want to employ indigenous individuals and those that want to engage the community can work with WeEmploy.
  • Nonprofits: Agencies that are focused on providing resources and services for indigenous individuals, as well as for marginalized members of the wider community can strengthen their outreach through WeEmploy.

“We see a future where businesses are fully engaged with diverse communities—a place where there is more awareness about the value of such collaborations, from both economic and social perspectives,” said Steve Mix, CEO & Co-Founder, WeEmploy Inc.

The Saddle Lake Cree Nation kickstarts WeEmploy’s nationwide push to deliver economic and social development services to First Nations across Canada. WeEmploy is finalizing multiple agreements with other First Nation communities in Alberta. -/-

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

 

Precious de Leon

Community Engagement Coordinator

WeEmploy Inc.

403-408-7767

Precious.deLeon@WeEmploy.com

Steve Mix

CEO & CoFounder

WeEmploy Inc.

403-605-9239

Steve.Mix@WeEmploy.com

 

About WeEmploy Inc.

WeEmploy Inc.(TM) is a social tech enterprise that develops digital solutions and strategic services for charitable agencies, businesses, individuals, and most recently First Nations communities. We connect business and community influencers with the goal of creating mutually beneficial, sustainable, and innovative projects.

Launched in 2015, WeEmploy’s flagship product is a recruitment tool that services businesses, nonprofit agencies, jobseekers and volunteers. We offer a more efficient and affordable employment alternative. We also encourage volunteerism among job seekers as way to build skills and network.

In addition, WeEmploy addresses other areas of social impact through SOS (System of Support). Launched in 2016, SOS provides services such as fundraising support, market and impact analytics, and marketing. Currently, the SOS Community includes over 150 charities, 8,000 companies, and 100,000 individuals

Visit WeEmploy.com and Community.WeEmploy.com. Follow us on Twitter (@WeEmployInc, @JOBS_WeEmploy, @TheSocial_CEO, @HireIndigenous) and on Instagram (@WeEmploy, @SOSsystemofsupport).

About Saddle Lake Cree Nation

The Saddle Lake Chief & Council is committed with the guidance of elders to develop an effective Government structure that will enhance the culture, language, employment youth programs and wellness for the community members at the same time retain the Treaty Rights of the Cree Nation members.

Saddle Lake Chief & Council bases their Nationhood through Treaties established by their forefathers including the retention of lands, culture and language as the foundation of the Cree Nation.  The strength of Nationhood will focus on developing the youth to become good leaders and that economic development will be a priority so that members of Saddle Lake will be healthy and independent individuals. ❖

 

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Calgary West Soccer Club levels up community engagement with Youth Sports Media Group

With support from the Youth Sports Media Group (YSMG), the Calgary West Soccer Club rolls out a multi-platform strategy that is geared toward creating better engagement among players, coaches, sponsors and the wider community. YSMG also provides access to a network of resources for fundraising, video production, and metrics.

 

CALGARY, April 10, 2017 – The Calgary West Soccer Club (CWSC) is working with Calgary agency Youth Sports Media Group (YSMG) to ramp up digital efforts this year. The move is aimed at creating more opportunities for its members and engaging businesses and the public to support the local sports community.

In addition to a social media strategy, YSMG brings video production capabilities, analytics, as well as a new ‘Friends of Friends’ platform, where members can advertise services and products within the CWSC community.

“Working with the Youth Sports Media Group gives us the ability to provide more value to our members—from the players to the coaches—and the ability to engage the larger public community in a meaningful conversation,” says Mary Liao, Executive Director at Calgary West Soccer Club. “YSMG understands our goal to develop every athlete’s utmost potential and their services increase our players’ odds for success.”

Kicking off the initiative, the social media campaign rolls out at the end of April. YSMG focuses on increasing awareness, optimizing engagement and providing social metrics. CWSC members will also have access to YSMG’s video production capabilities at affordable prices. Services include videography for matches, training videos, as well as player and team profiles. Prices range from $250 for 90 minutes of tournament footage to $2,000 for team highlight videos.

“We excited to open more doors for our talented community of players in Calgary,” says Simon Salazar, Community Engagement Director, Youth Sports Media Group. “At YSMG, we believe consistent engagement and strategic messaging are key to increasing brand value and attracting opportunities.”

YSMG is a division of social tech company WeEmploy Inc., which connects businesses, non-profits and individuals together to facilitate the exchange of resources, skills, and services through a unique platform called SOS – System of Support. As such, CSWC will have access to SOS for fundraising possibilities and WeEmploy’s recruitment tech.

 

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For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Precious de Leon

Community & Engagement Coordinator

WeEmploy Inc.

403-4087767

Precious.deLeon@WeEmploy.com

Steve Mix

CEO & CoFounder

WeEmploy Inc.

403-605-9239

Steve.Mix@WeEmploy.com

 

About Youth Sports Media Group

Youth Sports Media Group (YSMG) is a digital communications and sports marketing agency launched in March 2017. The company is a division of WeEmploy Inc. and is committed to helping increase the brand and market value of sports clubs and leagues, aspiring young athletes (with support from their parents), and coaches across Canada.

Digital marketing, video production, and fundraising support are among the benefits Youth Sports Media Group offers. The agency also delivers recruitment tools for sports clubs looking to hire paid and volunteer positions, through a partnership with social enterprise WeEmploy Inc.

Economic and social developments are priorities for YSMG. The agency delivers a portfolio of services that includes social metrics and analytics, content strategy, advanced player profiling, and communications for training, tournaments and various community events.

Social tech enterprise WeEmploy Inc. develops digital solutions and strategic services for charitable agencies, businesses, and individuals. Launched in 2015, WeEmploy’s flagship product is a recruitment tool that services businesses, nonprofit agencies, jobseekers and volunteers. The company also launched SOS (System of Support) in 2016 to address other levels of social impact. SOS provides services such as fundraising support, market and impact analytics, and marketing.

SOS is a community-centric platform that matches a charitable agency’s needs to resources within our digital inventory. It is a connector between agencies, enabling the exchange of information and procurement of resources. Currently, the SOS Community includes over 150 charities, 8,000 companies, and 100,000 individuals. It is partnered with the Tribal Chiefs Employment & Traning Services Association (TCETSA) to implement SOS until 2021.

Visit YSMG’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/YouthSportsMediaGroup/services/ and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youthsportsmediagroup/ .

Visit WeEmploy.com and Community.WeEmploy.com. Follow us on Twitter (@WeEmployInc, @JOBS_WeEmploy, @TheSocial_CEO) and Instagram (@WeEmploy, @SOSsystemofsupport).

 

About Calgary West Soccer Club

The Calgary West Soccer Club (CWSC) is an athlete-centred non-profit group that seeks to provide good technical development services for as low a cost as possible so that children that want to play soccer can benefit, not just the elite players or those who can afford it.

In 2006, the communities of Hawkwood, Tuscany, Bowness, RAC (Ranchlands, Arbour Lake, Citadel), RRRO (Rocky Ridge and Royal Oaks), and Norwest (Silver Springs and Scenic Acres) came together to form a club with the mission to provide the best opportunity for every player to develop their desired level of play for an affordable price.

The underlying purpose of CWSC is to provide a fun development-focused environment that keeps players playing. The Club believes in the principles of training methodology developed through LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development).

CWSC is a proud member of Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA), Calgary Women’s Soccer Association (CWSA) and Calgary United Soccer Association (CUSA). All three soccer-governing bodies are members of the Calgary Soccer Federation, which are in turn members of the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA). The ASA is a member of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), which is ultimately governed by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football de Football Assocation). CWSC is, therefore, a fully sanctioned soccer club. CWSC also welcomes players from other communities as per the CMSA policy of open boundaries. ❖

In other news:

Newly launched Youth Sports Media Group plans to score big in Canada’s $5.7Bn youth sports industry

WeEmploy Inc. and TCETSA sign partnership to deliver more employment access to Indigenous communities

WeEmploy Inc. and TCETSA sign partnership to deliver more employment access to Indigenous communities

Tech firm WeEmploy Inc. signs strategic deal with First Nations groups to implement a unique System of Support (SOS) that caters to Indigenous-led businesses, non-profit agencies, educators, government and individuals in need.

Photo caption: WeEmploy and TCETSA team up to increase avenues for success among Canada’s indigenous communities.

 

CALGARY, March 13, 2017 – WeEmploy Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tribal Chiefs Employment & Training Services Association (TCETSA) this week.

The partnership brings opportunities for WeEmploy to increase access to employment tools and resources for TCETSA clients, under the strategic banner Hire Indigenous (HI).

Since its inception 14 years ago, the TCETSA has worked toward creating stable, healthy and self-sufficient Indigenous communities empowered through meaningful employment.

The agreement also brings the potential for creating a strategic Indigenous Advisory Group and the deployment of WeEmploy’s SOS to assist TCETSA’s network in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The partnership is slated to run for the next four years.

“We created SOS to redefine benchmarks for sustainable community integration, particularly connecting businesses and non-profit organizations. We are proud to roll out SOS first with TCETSA,” said Steve Mix, CEO & Co-Founder, WeEmploy Inc. “Moving forward, businesses will need a more immersive way to engage the community and for charities to access resources that can enhance their business-building strategies. SOS delivers just that.”

Work is already underway with various First Nations groups under TCETSA. WeEmploy is ready to deploy strategic business and technology solutions that can support indigenous businesses, related non-profit agencies, educators, government, and people in need.

The partnership includes the appointment of a TCETSA Representative Eva John- Gladue as a WeEmploy Indigenous Ambassador.

“Our community’s needs are continually evolving. Our partnership with WeEmploy signals our continued efforts to deliver innovative services and resources,” said Eva John-Gladue, Operations Manager at TCETSA. “SOS presents an opportunity for us to cater to every community stakeholder, from entrepreneurs and business decision makers to job seekers and and people in need.”

SOS provides a central point of access, extending WeEmploy’s platforms of service beyond the company’s well-established roots in employment and recruitment. The MOU provides TCETSA-referred businesses, agencies, and individuals with access to WeEmploy’s SOS services:

– Business-building tools:

  • Intellicruit, WeEmploy’s trademarked employment technology, connecting businesses looking to employ indigenous people
  • community engagement, cause awareness, marketing support
  • onsite training, leadership and mentorship within the fields of employment, volunteer, social enterprise and marketing

–  Funding network: A unique digital platform for funding and resource acquisition

–  Social resources: Access to social resources for people in need, i.e. job seekers, newcomers, volunteers

– Performance Metrics: citing Return on Impact and effectiveness analytics

 

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Precious de Leon, Community & Engagement Coordinator, WeEmploy Inc. | 403-408-7767 | Precious.deLeon@WeEmploy.com

Steve Mix, CEO & Co-Founder, WeEmploy Inc. | 403-605-9239 | Steve.Mix@WeEmploy.com

 

About WeEmploy Inc.
WeEmploy Inc.TM is a tech company that develops digital solutions and strategic services for charitable agencies, businesses, entrepreneurs, government and individuals.

A social enterprise launched in 2015, WeEmploy’s flagship product is Intellicruit, a trademarked recruitment tool that services businesses, nonprofit agencies, jobseekers and volunteers. The company also provides strategic solutions for influencers in business and community.

WeEmploy launched SOS in 2016. It provides platforms for fundraising support, market and impact analytics, and marketing. SOS is a community-centric platform that facilitates the exchange of information and resources between charitable agencies and businesses. Currently, the SOS Community includes over 150 charities, 8,000 companies, and 100,000 individuals.

Visit WeEmploy.com and Community.WeEmploy.com. Follow on Twitter (@WeEmployInc, @JOBS_WeEmploy, @TheSocial_CEO) and on Instagram (@WeEmploy, @SOSsystemofsupport).

About TCETSA
The Tribal Chiefs Employment & Training Services Association (TCETSA) envisions stable, healthy and self-sufficient communities empowered through meaningful employment. For more than 14 years, TCETSA has been the trusted and influential voice in workforce development of the six Alberta First Nations in the Tribal Chiefs’ Ventures tribal council: Beaver Lake First Nation, Cold Lake First Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Heart Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation and Whitefish Lake First Nation (Goodfish Lake).

 

Other WeEmploy news:

Newly launched Youth Sports Media Group plans to score big in Canada’s $5.7Bn youth sports industry

Alberta’s Promise shares toolkit for Alberta businesses to give back to community

One of WeEmploy‘s own tenets is in creating opportunities for positive social impact in the community that’s why love what Alberta’s Promise are doing to support companies on giving back.

We know that businesses in Alberta want to give back – but starting out can be tough. Download the toolkit at

http://albertaspromise.org/businesstoolkit

Census show Calgary remains Canada’s “fastest growing metropolitan” despite downturn

A CBC report shows results from a census indicates “Calgary had the highest growth rate of any metropolitan area in Canada over the past five years.

The news comes as Calgary is experiencing a downturn.

According to the 2016 census, Calgary surpassed Ottawa-Gatineau to become the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Canada. The former has 1.4 million people, while the latter records 1.3 million.

The article also states that Ontario remains the country’s most populous province, with a population of 13,448,494.

The population of other provinces and territories:

  • Quebec: 8,164,361.
  • British Columbia: 4,648,055.
  • Alberta: 4,067,175.
  • Manitoba: 1,278,365.
  • Saskatchewan: 1,098,352.
  • Nova Scotia: 923,598.
  • New Brunswick:  747,101.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 519,716.
  • Prince Edward Island: 142,907.
  • Northwest Territories: 41,786.
  • Nunavut, 35,944 and Yukon: 35,874.

Read the full report here.

Challenge yourself this STEPtember

Take the first step to an active lifestyle, and do it for a great cause with one of WeEmploy’s partner charities, the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta.

Join 68,555 individuals participating in Steptember, a global challenge to take 10,000 a day for 28 days. And as you step closer toward a healthy and active lifestyle, you’ll also be supporting and raising funds for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

*Seeing this mid-September? It’s not too late! Contact Kari at stepitup@steptember.ca to see how you can be a part of this global event.

Here’s more information about how your steps are count:

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WeEmploy Inc. pledges 100% of May sign up fees to Fort McMurray relief

In solidarity with residents of Fort McMurray, WeEmploy Inc. is donating all sign up fees during the month of May toward relief and support of those affected by the wildfire.

Fort McMurray banner

CALGARY, May 5, 2016 – Recruitment firm WeEmploy Inc. is pledging to donate all of the sign up fees it receives during the entire month of May toward relief for the residents of Fort McMurray who have been affected by the recent wildfire. The announcement comes with full support from WeEmploy Ambassador and humanitarian Tom Jackson.

The announcement comes within 24 hours of the wildfire engulfing major areas in Fort McMurray—reportedly the largest fire incident in Alberta’s recent history. WeEmploy joins the outpouring of support from all over Canada.

“Our hearts go out to those who have lost their homes and livelihood in Fort McMurray. We hope our pledge to donate our entire $99 annual sign up fee this May will help with immediate relief and long-term rebuilding,” says Steve Mix, CEO & Co-Founder, WeEmploy Inc. “We are proud to be a part of a strong system that have come together for Fort McMurray, and we call on our volunteers and business members for their continued support.”

WeEmploy will be working with a number of agencies for distribution of proceeds.

To sign up and for further information, please contact:

Steve Mix, CEO & Founder, WeEmploy Inc.

403-605-9239

Mike.Ross@WeEmploy.com

 

About WeEmploy Inc.

WeEmploy Inc. is an online recruitment company that facilitates the matching of employers and charitable organizations with individuals seeking employment and volunteer opportunities. Backed by over 30 years of experience, the company empowers the market with knowledge and expertise in staffing and recruitment, job boards, social recruiting, and volunteerism.

Charities within the WeEmploy network use services free-of-charge while earning WeEmploy Rewards. To date, WeEmploy Inc. has provided services valued at more than $250,000 to charitable sectors in Canada and the US. ❖

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WeEmploy Inc. extends employment services and social initiatives in AAISA partnership

Steve Mix, left and Sid Mark with WeEmploy Inc. / Friday Professional Group were photographed in the company’s Calgary offices on Wednesday July 20, 2016. Gavin Young/Postmedia

As part of the collaboration, WeEmploy is servicing AAISA’s recruitment needs and is now be listed as a trusted source for employment services for a resettlement efforts across Alberta.

CALGARY, April 12, 2016 – WeEmploy Inc. is working with the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) to bring employment services internally and to its various social programs, starting with helping integrate and settle refugees throughout Alberta.

The move aligns with WeEmploy’s commitment to connecting every stakeholder in the community and its goal of becoming an all-encompassing employment platform for all types of job seekers, business owners and not-for-profit organizations.

AAISA now lists WeEmploy as a highly trusted establishment for employment and job placement needs, included the organization’s agency membership package.

“Lack of access to recruitment services is one of the biggest hurdles anyone can face when moving to a new environment. We hope that, by providing resources for a smooth transition, we are creating a better process for integration,” said Steve Mix, CEO & CoFounder, WeEmploy Inc. “We believe that our entire community of job seekers, businesses and charities benefit from an environment of multiple diverse connections.”

The partnership gives AAISA and its member agencies access to post job listings and hire staff and volunteers, who would like to help refugees learn about Canada and the city in which they reside.

WeEmploy is also connecting employers with suitable newcomer candidates. Newcomers will also be encouraged to create candidate profiles within WeEmploy’s database, which is accessed by over 100 businesses and more than 130 charities across Canada. WeEmploy will also aide AAISA in creating awareness for their upcoming RefugeeAlberta.ca information website via promotion and marketing.

 

“We have seen tremendous support from all over Alberta,” said Kali Readwin, Project Officer for Communications, Outreach and Strategic Partnerships for AAISA. “WeEmploy’s experience in social initiatives and their collaborative influence strengthens the services we can refer our member agencies to, which helps them to better serve newcomers. We hope to continue this collaboration in the long-term.”

RefugeeAlberta.ca is due to launch at the end of April 2016. Important Alberta-wide resources and information for volunteers, donors, refugee-serving agencies, private sponsors, and refugees will be featured on the site, funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

 

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For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Precious de Leon, Community & Engagement Coordinator, WeEmploy Inc.

403-4087767, Precious.deLeon@WeEmploy.com

 

About WeEmploy Inc.

Launched in April 2015, WeEmploy is an online recruitment company that facilitates the matching of employers and charitable organizations with individuals seeking employment and volunteer opportunities. Backed by over 30 years of experience, the company makes the recruitment process efficient and cost-effective. It also empowers the market with knowledge and expertise in staffing and recruitment, job boards, social recruiting, and volunteerism. Charities signed up to WeEmploy use services free-of-charge and have access to a supplemental fundraising tool, WeEmploy Rewards. To date, WeEmploy Inc. has provided over $250,000 in services to charities in Canada and the US.

 

About Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) is a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the settlement and integration sector. As an umbrella organization, AAISA’s mandate is to build sectorial capacity by providing member agencies that serve newcomers access to relevant and meaningful professional development opportunities, to act as a liaison with stakeholders, and provide a centre for knowledge, expertise, and leadership. While AAISA is not a direct-service organization, its member agencies provide services to assist newcomers in becoming fully integrated members of Alberta society. Examples of services that AAISA member agencies provide include orientation, interpretation, counseling, employment services, educational assistance, and programs for immigrant youth.

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Where are the jobs? This week in employment news so far.

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Behind the doom and gloom figures in the economy are the people directly affected by the loss of income and career security. What does the future hold for job seekers in Canada? (March 22,2016)

 

Across Canada, employment and job security is on everyone’s mind. As we welcome spring season so will job fairs and trade missions bloom, or so it seems from this week’s news so far.

Ontario

This week, Ontario announces its trade mission to China last November is continuing support the creation of high-value jobs in the province, touting global online photo community 500px as an example of its success.

The Toronto-headquartered tech company is set to expand its global operations and its HQ in Ontario. The company has already hired 14 new employees, reportedly as a result of a venture capital agreement it announced during the China mission.

The mission is expected to create 3,500 jobs in Ontario.

Ontario’s Going Global Strategy promises to help startups across the province tap into global markets. According to a government news release, it’s part of the provinces four-part plan that includes investing in talent and skills. The plan is also making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy.

Alberta

According to an article in Edmonton’s 630ched.com, research from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council show farms are currently short 26,000 workers.

The article quoted council member Debra Hauer saying the shortfall is Canada-wide, and that she hopes even those without farm experience would consider applying for work in farms.

“There are quite a lot of transferable skills between the oil and gas industry to agriculture, she told 630ched.com. “That includes all sorts of skills to do with mechanics, truck driving, logistics, all sorts of different types of skills.”

Growing the AgriWorkforce, The Canadian Agriculture and AGriFood Workforce Summit was held March 14-16 in Winnipeg. The summit encourages discourse among farm producers, food processors and private industry, as well as government representatives, educational institute representatives and industry stakeholders.

New Brunswick

Canada Jobs held a cross-country job fair at Fredericton in New Brunswick recently, as more residents there are reportedly finding jobs out of province, Global News reports.

Approximately 300 job seekers reportedly attended the fair, which focused on locally based job placement.

Global News reports the provincial government has pledged to create jobs in the future.

Are you looking for a fresh start? Or have a desire to level up your career game? Check out WeEmploy.com and look through our 600+ job and volunteer listings.

WeEmploy is the ONLY recruitment platform that provides free staffing and fundraising services to charities across Canada and the US.

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WeEmploy.com is looking for Impact INVESTORS and SUPPORTERS!

If you or anyone you know believe in companies that put social responsibility in tandem with business growth, then Steve Mix at Steve.Mix@WeEmploy.com and check out our investment presentation, investinWE: http://bit.ly/investinWE

 
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6 ways to avoid job scams

As if job hunting wasn’t hard enough, jobseekers also need to lookout for scams.

canadian-anti-fraud-centreWith many of us competing for jobs in an uneasy economy, scammers are taking advantage of the populace who just want to get back on the employment track.

It’s easy to say “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” The reality is that in times of uncertainty, like when looking for a job, the promise of rich rewards and our own desire to get hired can blind us from suspicious behaviour.

The Ontario Provincial Police created a page sharing tips and what to look out for to avoid employment recruitment scams. These include being wary of the use of “wrong grammar, spelling and wording” and odd phrasing.

This January, a jobseeker shared her job scam experience with the Red Deer Express. The publication’s Co-editor Erin Fawcett reported Donna Johansson brush with scammers, who posted fraudulent job listings on Kijiji and Indeed.com. On the first instance, Johansson was able to suss out the fraudsters with their fake ‘corporate’ locations, which showed bogus addresses abroad and in Canada. On the second instance, another company was asking her to send copies of her personal ID and passport.

The news follows a CBC report by Janice Johnston in November 2015 that reported job scams are on the rise in Alberta as unemployment rates increase. In it, a fake business consulting firm ‘TipTop Energy’ that have scammed jobseekers in Alberta and Manitoba. At least ten people came forward to CBC and have filed cases with the RCMP, at the time of CBC’s report. The suspicious posting was listed on Workopolis, despite the site’s initial screening process.

How do you protect yourself against these ills?

1 – Do a background check on your background check. Creating a website ‘front’ is easy these days, so make sure that contact numbers, emails and company staff are all legitimate. Verify information about the interviewer and the company. The following are some examples of what you can do:

  • Check the company’s digital presence (their website and social media accounts).
  • Look for profiles of current and past employees online.
  • Browse for any news coverage or corporate releases by the company. 
  • Scan for reviews about the company and their services on sites like the Better Business Bureau.
  • Scan scam lists online.

2 – Be mindful of the details. Are they asking you to meet in a dodgy area? Is the company email from a free account? Are they asking you to pay a fee in advance? These are some red flags that the ‘company’ you are dealing with might be scamming you.

3 – Keep your personal info on a need-to-know basis. Make sure you clearly understand why the company needs the information they say they require to hire you. Don’t share your personal information (like bank accounts or passports), unless you are signing a contract with someone you have vetted. Note: companies will never ask for your passport.

4 – Go ahead and ask! Ask about everything. Make sure the company is transparent with you and that you understand what they’re all about.

5 – Beware of vague job descriptions. Legitimate companies are looking for candidates with a specific set of skills to fill a specific role. They won’t use vague, roundabout phrases to attract candidates.

6 – Use only trusted employment agencies and websites. Sites like WeEmploy.com, only carry job listings from companies with which our staff have been in direct contact. This puts an extra layer on top of paid subscriptions to our security measures.

If you come across a scam, report it to the RCMP and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You can also check out the latter for more information on other types of fraudulent behaviour.

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