Tips for Creating a Resume

  • November 03, 2017

    Tips for Creating a Resume


    For most people, writing a good resume is tough, and it takes time. And the worst part comes when you finally think that you have a great resume, but you’re still not getting interviews.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could figure out how to make a resume that would get you an interview almost EVERY time you applied for a job? Is it possible? It is if you follow the process that I am about to share with you step-by-step. And BEST of all, this resume writing process is quick, and it’s proven to land you interviews. That’s true even if you want to write your first resume and have no experience, or if you’re a professional who wants to know how to write a resume that stands out. Here’s what you’re going to find:

    • How to write a resume for a job with examples for every section.
    • Quick but little-known tips to follow to get up to 10x MORE INTERVIEWS.
    • Answers to all of your questions about how to make the best resume for a job.
    • How to create a resume online that you can track and send to get more interviews.
    • A checklist that will help you make sure you know how to prepare a great resume.

    Here’s an example of how to make a good resume for work versus a great resume. What’s the difference? Is it the way it looks? Not only. We’ve optimized the sample resume on the right to follow the advice that I will share with you in this article – READ ARTICLE HERE>>

  • Why Hire Disabled Workers

    SOURCE: Article from The Huffington Post

    The disability community, from grassroots advocates to powerful cross-disability organizations, devotes a lot of time and energy to proving the value of hiring disabled workers. This is a common theme for our community, and extremely necessary, as there are a number of workforce-related challenges that workers with disabilities face. The unemployment rate for workers with disabilities is twice that of workers without disabilities. It is still legal for workers with disabilities to be paid well below the minimum wage based on a law that dates back to 1936, when the talents and potential of workers with disabilities were even more horribly misunderstood. And of course, while the Americans with Disabilities Act provides vital protections to the disabled workforce, it can’t solve every issue in the disabled workforce, such as the systemic problem of feweropportunities for advancement for workers with disabilities.

    One theme we commonly hear when discussing disability (or any minority) employment is that it is the right thing to do. Providing equal opportunity is providing equal rights; it’s moral and ethical. However, from the perspective of businesses that perpetuate discrimination in their hiring and retention of workers with disabilities, this message doesn’t seem to be enough.

    What if we looked at disability employment from a business perspective instead of from an advocacy perspective? There are many businesses that are leading the way in promoting an inclusive workplace, businesses that are proud of the advancements they have made in hiring workers with disabilities. Why are they so passionate about hiring disabled workers?

    With this question in mind, I reached out to companies that are not only some of the most successful businesses in the country, but are also recognized as being the most inclusive of disability in hiring, retention, and promotion. These businesses are all Fortune 1000 companies that scored 100 points on the US Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) Disability Equality Index (DEI). I asked them two questions: “How do recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees with disabilities make good business sense? How do they improve a business’s productivity and profitability?” Here’s who they are and what they had to say:


  • InfoGraphic: The Big Picture

    Source: SenseAbility

    Missed opportunities when not hiring people with disabilities into the workforce.

  • October 25, 2017

    Making government internships more inclusive

    A new recruitment process will connect Albertans with disabilities to government internships so they can gain the skills and experience they need to get good jobs.

    Chris Dworsky, Employment Resource Centre coordinator at The Worx program at Prospect Human Services, demonstrates an app used to support persons with disabilities in their workplace to Minister Sabir and Robin Luff, MLA for Calgary East.

    For the first time, the government is partnering with community organizations that specialize in disability employment services to recruit interns and ensure they have the physical, emotional and mental supports they need to actively engage in the workplace.

    “Like all Albertans, people with varying abilities make exceptional contributions to their workplaces and communities. Unfortunately, they are still under-represented in the workforce in Alberta, and more needs to be done to ensure that they are supported by their managers and co-workers. This campaign will help us learn from our community partners and leading organizations about how to build inclusive, diverse and respectful workplaces and make life better for Albertans with disabilities.”

    Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

    Community groups such as Prospect: The Worx, EmployAbilities and Calgary Alternative Employment Services will help promote the positions, reaching out to prospective applicants and providing advice on the types of workplace supports the interns might require.

    Twenty successful candidates will be placed in 12-month positions in a variety of areas, including administrative, financial, research and program service roles.

    “This internship program at the Government of Alberta is an important way to promote inclusivity and accommodation. Through our work, we have seen first-hand that employers who openly and enthusiastically accommodate their employees and give them the tools they need to succeed have a distinct competitive advantage.”

    Lindsay Hextall, director of Employer Services, Prospect

    For more information, and to apply for one of the internship positions, please visit The internship postings will also be available through all disability resource centres within publicly funded post-secondary institutions. The application deadline is Nov. 17, 2017 and interviews will take place throughout December.


    Alberta officially recognized October as Disability Employment Awareness Month for the first time in provincial history on Oct. 4, 2017.

    Through Alberta Learning Information System (ALIS), Albertans with disabilities can access online career, learning and employment resources and supports.

    This is the second time the government has offered an internship program for people with disabilities, first time with community partners.

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  • October 23, 2017

    Disability advocate says businesses missing out on 1.3 billion-strong market

    Article from The National

    Haben Girma with Barack Obama in the White House in 2015. Pete Souza / White House.

    If businesses think more about accessibility, they can tap into a huge market of 1.3 billion people, says the global inclusion advocate Haben Girma, the first deaf and blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School.

    She will be speaking about accessibility and inclusiveness at Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum in Dubai on October 26.

    When people think of accessibility they tend to think about wheelchair ramps and lifts but Eritrean-American Ms Girma, 29, is more focused on the role of technology in driving inclusion – adding transcripts to online videos, descriptions to digital images and making Web text readable with screen readers or digital braille displays.

    Ms Girma was born in California after her mother fled Eritrea in the early 1980s. She has three siblings, of whom one is also deaf and blind but says she was lucky to grow up in the San Francisco Bay, the “heart of the disability rights movement”.

    That meant she was sent to a mainstream school that “valued diversity” and was given accessible technology such as a digital Braille device, which her brother had been denied in Eritrea.

    “It is still rare, even in the US, to get full access in schools,” Ms Girma says in a phone interview – in which a translator types my questions for her on to a normal Qwerty keyboard, which are converted for her into digital Braille on her own keyboard for her to then reply. “The employment rate is so low for people with disabilities and that’s not fair; barriers in schools and workplaces need to be removed.”


  • October 17, 2017

    EmployAbilities’ Rotary Round Up

    Join us for Rodeo Week for a unique Western style luncheon & raffle.. Featuring music by Martin Kerr, Canadian Idol Finalist & special lunch guest, Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 Miss Ali Mullin!

    This event will be held on November 6, 2017 from 11:30 -1:30 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Click here for more information and to get tickets!

    Hard Copy Tickets are: $60.00
    Event Brite Tickets are: $64.20

    Be sure to click “Friend of EmployAbilities” when you purchase your tickets!

    Thank you to our sponsors!

    Mowbrey Gil LLP- Title Sponsor

    Metro – Gold Sponsor

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  • October 14, 2017

    Opportunities with Bredin Centre for Learning

    Starbucks in association with Opportunity Youth! Are you 16-29, not in school and have difficulty finding work? This may be the opportunity for you! All are welcome! See poster below for details.

  • Edmonton Oil Kings Job Fair

    The Edmonton Oil Kings are holding their annual Job & Career Fair on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. on the Rogers Place Concourse with entry through Ford Hall.

    There will be over 250 jobs available and interested candidates are encouraged to bring their resume.

    Tickets for the Oil Kings home game vs. the Victoria Royals on October 18 at 7:00pm will be offered to the first 250 job seekers.

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  • October 05, 2017

    Disability Employment Awareness Month in Alberta

    For the first time in our history, Alberta is officially recognizing October 2017 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

    Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) recognizes the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities, raises awareness about an under-represented talent pool in the province and the available supports that help Albertans with disabilities succeed in the workforce. By highlighting the skills of Albertans with disabilities and connecting these individuals to prospective employers, our government is encouraging inclusive employment across the province.

    “Albertans are hard-working, capable and dedicated and they all deserve to be celebrated as such. Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate and recognize the rich diversity of skills and ideas that persons with all abilities contribute to our workforce, and to acknowledge that a varying ability is not an inability.”  – Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

    The designation of October 2017 as DEAM is part of our government’s ongoing commitment to honouring the achievements and knowledge of persons with disabilities in Alberta.

    “The provincial declaration of October 2017 as Disability Employment Awareness Month recognizes that despite the continued barriers to acquiring employment, people with disabilities make a significant contribution to an engaged and innovative Alberta workforce. The progressive leadership of inclusive employers is also acknowledged with this DEAM declaration, as is the work of the many professionals working across Alberta to help employers leverage diversity in the workplace. I thank the Ministry of Community and Social Services for their declaration of this important month.”  – Sean McEwen, Calgary Employment First Network

    “It is my hope that the declaration of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month will help to promote awareness and educate employers about hiring people with disabilities and, in the long run, dispel any myths that employers may have.”  – Amy Park, Edmonton Self Advocacy Federation

    Throughout the month of October, Minister Sabir and his government colleagues will participate in various community and stakeholder events to discuss DEAM and the importance of inclusive hiring practices in the workplace. This includes meetings with stakeholders and highlighting success stories of businesses that have hired Albertans with disabilities.

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  • October 03, 2017

    Seeking Full Time Employment Coach

    Where Ability Meets Opportunity.

    No organization lives and breathes its vision, mission and values the way we do.  The work is challenging and some days are downright hard but the reward of making a difference in the lives of others is unbeatable. We promise a work environment that is professional yet fun, where your opinions are welcomed.  In return for your passion and commitment we offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including: dental care, life insurance, RRSP’s, prescription drugs, paramedical services, vision, professional development, 15 paid personal days per year, a generous vacation package and subsidized parking.

    Since 1974 we have served people with disabilities, barriers to employment and employers, and acted as a voice of community advocacy. Experience and passion has fueled our leadership in developing programs, services and resources that increase the economic participation and power of people with disabilities, youth and barriers to employment. Our services are not about entitlement or compromise, but inclusion and opportunity.

    EmployAbilities is currently filling the position of Full Time Employment Coach based in Edmonton.  We require an individual who is innovative, collaborative, compassionate, inclusive and committed to integrity to play a key role in the on-going success of EmployAbilities and our clients.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Conduct initial client needs assessments to determine employment status and suitability for Agency supports, services and programs.
    • Provide referral to alternative programs, community supports and specialized assessment providers as required.
    • Support clients in the development of service plans to address identified employment barriers, employability, interests and learning needs.
    • Create and maintain up-to-date and accurate files and timely documentation.
    • Create, monitor and revise client action plans based on agreed upon activities, schedule and results.
    • Assist clients in accessing necessary and appropriate interventions and social supports to realize service plan.
    • Conduct client follow-up and support, may include telephone contact, on-site visits and job coaching.
    • Maintain in-house and government case management files, client service statistics and related documentation in a timely manner.
    • Assist clients with technology needs as required.
    • Utilize career development theory, techniques and methodologies to help individuals identify realistic and meaningful career goals.
    • Conduct one-to-one employment counseling to enhance client’s self-sufficiency and to promote labour readiness.
    • Discuss clients’ barriers to employment and develop workable solutions to minimize these barriers.
    • Provide clients with labour market information, employment and training options.
    • Conduct mock interviews and support client job search.
    • Monitor and track client progress towards goals.
    • Research and develop employer and industry relationships to build understanding of local labour market conditions including available positions, required qualifications and advancement opportunities.
    • Match client’s transferable skills and interests with available labour market opportunities.
    • Solicit and coordinate information interviews, job shadowing, job tryouts, work experience and placements with employers.
    • Conduct employer follow-up, may include telephone contact, work site visits and job coaching.
    • Represent the Agency and promote available supports, services and programs to the community and other service providers through networking, presentations, conferences, attendance at job fairs and other business events.
    • Undertake special tasks, research, projects and other assignments within the Agency.


    • Degree/Diploma in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Social Sciences, Special Education or sufficient experience in a field related to Rehabilitation, Personnel or Career Development.
    • Previous experience in intake and assessment, case management, facilitation, employment counselling and/or employment development is preferred.
    • Previous experience working with persons with disabilities, barriers to employment or other at-risk populations is preferred.
    • Clear criminal record check.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office computer software.
    • May be required to have a valid class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

    If this is you, then we want you on our team. Please email your cover letter and resume to: with the subject line “Employment Coach”.

    Visit to learn more about EmployAbilities and our mission to provide specialized services to individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment by creating opportunities for skill development, education and employment.

    EmployAbilities thanks all applicants for their interest.