Your PREB certificate could make the difference when applying for co-op positions, summer jobs or scholarships and bursaries. And when the time comes to find full-time employment, you'll be happy you have PREB certificates from the volunteer work you did as a student to show potential employers.
PREB certificates help people facing barriers to employment
PREB certificates can be useful for anyone who may face barriers to employment because they are a form of reference. They document your experience in a way that shows employers you have the skills required and what tasks you performed.
PREB certificates are proof of Canadian experience
If you're a newcomer to Canada looking for work, one of the toughest barriers you face is employers who seek "Canadian experience." They often have difficulty being confident about how your education and work experience in another country can transfer to their workplace.
Volunteering is a good strategy to demonstrate your education, skills and experience in Canada. It can help you to find work in your chosen field.
A PREB certificate is a formal document that proves which skills you used when volunteering. It also shares other important information such as the organization you helped and how much volunteering you did.
Your PREB certificate proves that you have some Canadian experience.
Volunteering indicates employability
It can be particularly hard when entering or returning to the workforce and your resume lacks paid employment or there is a gap in your work history. A PREB certificate can indicate employability for paid employment similar to your volunteer experiences. It can strengthen your application.
A PREB certificate can assist your job search
When you are between jobs, volunteering is a great way to make connections and show what you can do. You may find a position that uses skills specific to the type of employment you seek but those skills are not the only ones that can help you to land a job. Volunteering is also a great way to demonstrate what are called essential or foundational skills such as collaboration, leadership or perseverance.
Or volunteering might be an opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing skills that you did not have in previous employment.
A PREB certificate can then act as a professional reference of the skills you demonstrated.