Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who is R. Work Group?
We are a group of professionals committed to helping you find and keep the “right” job.

 Q:  Who uses your services?
People with diverse backgrounds, such as labourers, technicians, secretaries, sales clerks and professionals.  We specialize in serving people with physical disabilities, work-related injuries, chronic illness, traumatic brain injuries or mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia.

 Q:  What type of jobs do people usually obtain?
 There are a wide variety of jobs people obtain, such as: 
- Retail and Service Industry:
    - Food Demonstrator
    - Customer Service Representative
    - Group Home Worker
    - Sales Clerk, Stock Person
- Administrative:
    - Program Administrator
    - Secretary
- Trades and Transportation:
    - Electrical Instructor
    - Truck Driver
    - Partsperson
    - Construction Labourer
 These are only a few examples. The type of job you secure will depend on your skills, abilities and interests!

Q:  What if I want training so I have a “career” and not just a job?
We will help you explore retraining options. This can include having you complete interest inventories, aptitude and achievement assessments that will help you and your counsellor gain a good picture of where you are at now, and what some options are for the future.
If you need formal training, from a college for example, we will assist you in connecting with the college and determining if the funding is available for you. We can also access funding from the provincial government to help create on-the-job training opportunities for you with employers.

Q:  How long will it take to find a job? 
The length of time of services depends on your needs.  Sometimes people work with us for as little as a month, and other times we may work together for up to a year.

 Q:  Do you find the job for me?
We help you find the job leads and sometimes will refer you to an employer.  Ultimately, the decision for being hired (and taking the job) is up to you.

 Q:  What is expected of me?
We want to work with you to help you find a job.  Your counselor will establish with you what you need to do 
to find a job.
Q:  How do you get your job leads?
We have a current database of over 200 employers in Grande Prairie and area, and are currently establishing a similar database in Hinton and area.  To keep connected with employers we meet with them regularly.  We not only coach job seekers about their job search, we search for jobs ourselves!

 Q:  Who pays for the services?
We have funding through the provincial government department of Alberta Human Services: Alberta Works.  CareerFriends is funded in part by the Government of Canada. In some instances, people may also access our services through funding from insurance companies, or employers.  Contact us and we’ll find out 
if you are eligible for funding.

 Q:  How do I get started?
Call us at 539-1072 to schedule an appointment, or complete the Contact Us form. Dropping by doesn’t 
always work for us because we may be with clients or out of the office meeting with employers.   We will call you back and book an appointment with you to see a counsellor.