Frequently Asked Questions

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What types of services does Employment Solutions Society offer?
Can you find me a job?
How much do our services cost?
Do I have to be on Employment Insurance to access your services?
How much funding can I get?
Do I need to look for work when I want to go back to school, upgrade my education or access skills training?
I live in Queens County, can you help me?
What is a disability?
What is a barrier to employment?
I want to start a business, can you help me?
How long will it take for me to find a job?
I have a question about my Employment Insurance claim, can you help me?
Who do I need to see to discuss my situation?
I am an employer looking to hire someone, can you help me?
I have no work experience, how can I get a job?
I am working full time, can you help me find a different job or go to school?
Can I have a resume created at your office?


What types of services does Employment Solutions Society offer?
We offer employment services, at no cost, to those individuals who are unemployed or underemployed – working less than 20 hours a week. We assist eligible individuals in applying for employment benefit programs being offered by Employment Nova Scotia or the Federal Government of Canada.  We also offer, at no charge, local employer human resources recruitment, planning and retention services.


Can you find me a job?
For our registered clients, our staff will help you develop the skills necessary to be successful in your job search, we offer support, guidance and options. We do not actually find you a job.  For those individuals who are not registered with us, we offer self services which anyone can access to better prepare themselves for job searching or career decision making. Stats for NS August 2016 states that “Employment for those aged 55 years and over increased by 8,600 (+9.0%)”.


How much do our services cost?
All of our services are provided at no charge.  We are a non-profit organization funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement under the direction of Employment Nova Scotia and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.


Do I have to be on Employment Insurance to access your services?
Being on an active Employment Insurance claim is not needed to be a registered with us and to access our FREE employment services.  We assist all individuals who unemployed, underemployed and those working less then 20 hours per week with their employment or career related needs and goals. If you are interested in accessing funding programs, all funding programs have specific criteria that you will need to meet and would require registering with us to work individually with our staff.


How much funding can I get?
Each employment benefit program funding application is assessed on an individual basis by Employment Nova Scotia; the amount approved is determined by individual need.


Do I need to look for work when I want to go back to school, upgrade my education or access skills training?
Yes, as part of accessing an employment benefit program and preparing a funding application, you will need to be actively seeking employment using all resources. You will be asked to document your job search and outline your efforts to show that you have been unsuccessful in your current job search.  The goal of the Skill Enhancement program is to assist individuals in acquiring skills necessary for employment. If you already have great skills and are able to become employed with your current skill set, there might be no need for you to acquire additional training or skills to become employed.


I live in Queens County. Can you help me?
Our self services are available to everyone.  We can individually assist those who wish to access registered services in Queens County who self-identify as having a disability.  If you live in Queens County and do not have a disability, please contact Service Canada for the location of your nearest career resource centre.


What is a disability?
A disability can be physical, mental, intellectual, auditory or a learning condition that affects an individual’s ability to perform the activities of daily living, such as employment. A disability can be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent.  We have specialized services available for individuals who self-identify as having a disability. If you feel that you have a disability, you may discuss this confidentially one to one with a staff member.


What is a barrier to employment?
A barrier is anything that makes it difficult to secure, search for or maintain employment.  Barriers may include lack of transportation, education level, poor work history, adequate child care and a criminal record. A disability can also be a barrier to employment.


I want to start a business, can you help me?
In order to access self-employment program, our office can work with you individually to complete a self-employment benefit program application and refer you to an outside agency to assist with entrepreneurship.  We do not have business counselors on staff; however, we will continue to work with you throughout the application process, even after a referral to an outside agency.


How long will it take for me to find a job?
Everyone’s situation is different, it will depend on your active participation and how many employment contacts, cover letters and resumes you send out .


I have a question about my Employment Insurance claim, can you help me?
No, only Service Canada can answer questions about the Employment Insurance program or claim. The local office is located at 77 Dufferin Street, Bridgewater, NS call toll free 1-800-205-7218 (phone line is open 7 days a week).


Who do I need to see to discuss my situation?
Simply visit our centre, call or email us and our Information Resource Specialist will direct you to one of our services or schedule and appointment to meet with one of our staff based on your individual needs.


I am an employer looking to hire someone, can you help me?
Employers can drop into our centre, call or email us about hiring options; employers are encouraged to register with Employment Nova Scotia to access hiring incentive programs such as the START program at LaMPSS or call 1-877-223-0888.  We also provide employers with FREE Employer services such as job postings on our website’s Job Postings page and all job posts gain exposure through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.


I have no work experience, how can I get a job?
We all have transferable skills, if you register with us, our staff can assess your suitability and eligibility to access an employment benefit program such as the START Program offered by Employment Nova Scotia.


I am working full time, can you help me find a different job or go to school?
If you are currently employed and working full time you can access our self-services.  In order to become a registered client and work with our staff one to one, you need to be currently unemployed, underemployed (working below your skill level) or working under 20 hours a week – unless you have a written layoff notice from your employer.


Can I have a resume created at your office?
Anyone can participate in our group sessions/workshops designed to enhance your resume and cover letter, access our public computers and use resume and cover letter building software or visit our Resources tab on our website to use an online resume and cover letter builders.  We also have many resources to assist you in creating or updating your resume in our centre, such as literature and worksheets. We also provide one-to-one resume critiques for registered clients, we do not offer a resume typing service at our centre.

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