“My first career, of over twenty years, was as a sales representative in the field of communications,” says Guy. “I am now embarking on a second career having obtained a Bachelor of Social Science degree (new window) from the University of Ottawa (new window).” When he first came to the Neil Squire Society, he had already sent out over 50 resumes and was beginning to get frustrated because he wasn’t seeing any results. “I needed help to get to the next level,” he says.
Guy lives with mobility issues and uses a wheelchair to get around. He also has reduced use of his left hand. Guy first met the Neil Squire Society staff when they were exhibiting at the Ottawa Employment Accessibility Resource Network’s (new window) job fair in October and soon after, he joined the Employ-Ability Program (now known as the Working Together Program).
“Neil Squire Society provided me with the assistive technology necessary to complete the Employ-Ability program. Some of this included an ergonomic mouse, voice software and an ergonomic adjustable desk,” he shares. “The employment interviews, job search techniques, resume and cover letter writing lessons helped me improve and maintain my abilities for gaining employment. These techniques have enabled me to obtain more interviews leading to a better choice for a successful career. I have found the Neil Squire Society staff very helpful and knowledgeable of the local job market. They are also up to date on what the employer wants to see on your resume and cover letter.” Guy also really enjoyed the group sessions, which allowed him “to see that I am not the only one with similar difficulties.”
Since starting the Employ-Ability Program, Guy has participated in three job interviews. His most recent was with a financial services organization which provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions. “I have been placed on their eligibility list and look forward to hearing what the next step will be. I am positive my skills will lead to finding a new career,” says Guy.