Category: Job Seekers

Resume Writing – How to Survive the 5 Second Scan

As a recruiter who receives 100s of resumes a week, I can assure you that you want your resume to survive the “5 second scan”.   This is the average amount of time a recruiter spends looking at each resume before  sorting it into one of two piles:  YES or NO.

How to ensure your resume is a YES

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How to Ace your Next Job Interview

No interaction is more important to landing your dream job than the interview.

Get a Head StartWPS Candidate Headstart

One of the most valuable advantages that a candidate gains when they apply through Whistler Personnel rather than directly to a company is that our client relationships allow us to give candidates an inside glimpse of the prospective employer.

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10 Best Questions to Ask an Interviewer

One of the most critical questions that you’ll get asked at EVERY interview is sometimes the  one that feels like the easiest to answer – but getting it wrong can cost you big so do not take it lightly.   When the interviewer asks you “Do you have any questions for me?” the worst possible answer you can give is a plain old “no”.   Recruiters expect you to ask some great questions so be ready.

This is your chance to impress your prospective employer!  Don’t miss it!


Asking intelligent questions shows that you have thoughtfully done your research, you are paying attention and you are very interested in the role.     When you prep for your interview, review the company website, social media channels and the job description and come up with some specific questions that you really do want to know about the company and the position – and not just about the money and benefits. Continue reading

Whistler Advice and Helpful Links

Whistler is a unique place – it’s equal parts small town and international resort.  And somehow this blends beautifully into a magical place to live, work and play for over 10,000 residents that regularly call Whistler home.

However,  building a Whistler lifestyle can appear tricky at the outset.   Housing is a unique challenge – especially for those who are just arriving in town.   Pursuing a long-term career seems daunting on the surface, as most of the jobs available appear to be front-line customer service and hospitality positions.  Even buying a new pair of socks or undies can be challenging if you are not looking for thermals and you are not quite sold on what the local pharmacy has on display…

But trust us, the lifestyle you get in return is worth the effort!  Plus long-term career growth opportunities are abundant and easy to build upon.

Come Live, Work and Play in Whistler with us!

Here are some helpful links to guide you in your quest to loving life in Whistler:

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Discounted WB Spirit Pass available here!

One of the BEST perks of working for Squamish Personnel as a temp is that we grant you access to a discounted Whistler Blackcomb Season’s Pass all season long!  Not only does the Spirit Pass offer local workers a discounted Whistler Blackcomb season’s pass, but it also offers some other great perks – like up to 50% off a transit pass and 20% off Whistler Blackcomb on-mountain food, fresh tracks breakfast and WB retail all!

Simply complete 10 shifts for us this fall or winter in any position and you will qualify.  Not only that, you will have also earned enough in extra wages to pay for it!

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Our Work Safety Plan


Standard Safety Policies and Precautions

Every employee of Whistler and Squamish Personnel Solutions (WPS)  is required to follow the standard safety precautions that have been put in place by Work Safe BC and our province to minimize the risk of illness and injury in the workplace.   Please do what you can to keep yourself, your teammates and the public safe.

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Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your information over the internet, by telephone, or through our office is fundamental to the way we do business at Whistler and Squamish Personnel Solutions (WPS).   Our Privacy Policy and related procedures that guide the handling of the personal information we collect is as follows:

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The Big Idea: Local company offers solution to Whistler’s employee shortage

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 12:11 PM

Whistler Personnel Solutions has declared that they are working towards resolving the employee shortage in Whistler and this solution will enable Whistler businesses to achieve organizational success.

1.JackiBissillion-RDI2017-HR-40This goal was set by Whistler Personnel Solutions’ owner, Jacki Bissillion, whose innovative employee sharing plan is both intriguing and exciting. The concept of employee sharing isn’t new, but it wasn’t something commonly practiced in Whistler, until now.

“It is our vision to match employers who need shifts covered with a large pool of certified, pre-screened, trained workers who are available for extra shifts such as bartenders, servers, housekeepers, dishwashers, baristas, chefs, bookkeepers, admin staff, event workers and so on. And it’s already happening,” said Bissillion.

This summer Bissillion’s company filled over 400 shifts for local businesses using temporary workers, plus they helped place long-term employees. Bissillion is determined to make this process affordable and streamlined so that it becomes a cost-effective and real day-to-day solution for every local small business in the community.

Last minute coverage

If you are an employer in town, then there is a good chance that at some point you have been understaffed or overworked due to the lack of people available to fill positions. Also, when creating your team’s schedule, it can be hard to plan for the unknown.

This past September Bissillion started meeting with many local business owners, stakeholders and managers. By doing this, she was able to get an even better understanding of their needs, budgets and biggest challenges. With this information, she came up with a solution.

“Next month we will be launching new technology and business systems to (help businesses) even more efficiently fill their needs.

Businesses can simply fill in a quick request on our website for workers — with as little notice as 48 hours — and we will find suitable, qualified employees to fill those shifts,” explained Bissillion.


One stop shop

Because Bissillion has been a Whistler business manager for the past 22 years, she understands staffing issues better than most.

She also knows that budgets can be tight, so it is her goal to ensure that using Whistler Personnel Solutions is both more affordable and more efficient than paying overtime and constantly doing the recruiting and hiring.

“We take care of the recruiting, screening, interviews, enrollments, scheduling, time tracking and payroll so that the business owners can focus on their operations,” said Bissillion. “And businesses are welcome to hire on any of the temporary workers we send directly if they are superstars.”


Keeping businesses open

Whistler Personnel Solutions’ employee share program not only helps understaffed employers, but also helps local workers find jobs. This past summer, Bissillion’s team helped over 250 workers earn paycheques.

“One of our hotel clients told us that without our help this past summer they would have had to close one of their (food and beverage) outlets — we sent them dishwashers, servers, and chefs to cover shifts as needed on a week-to-week basis. The chef told me that he was thrilled with our service and that ‘any day he wasn’t stuck in the dish pit himself was a good day!’” Bissillion added.


Bissillion’s final words on employee sharing

“As much as we’d all like the housing shortage in Whistler to be resolved, this is not very likely to happen in the short term,” said Bissillion. “So as a community, I think we have to look at other creative ways to solve our employee shortage problems. Staff sharing seems to be one solution that can really work and I’m delighted that Whistler Personnel has a role that we can play to facilitate this.”

SOURCE:  As Published in the Whistler Question, November 21, 2017
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