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Dec 08th, 2019
Getting a job offer at minimum wage can be bittersweet.  Since it is difficult to make a living on minimum wage, some people wonder if it’s even worth taking the job.  Here are three good reasons to accept a job at minimum wage: You are earning an income.  Depending on your financial situation, you may require some kind of income, however small.  If that’s the case for you, a minimum wage position can allow you to take care of your basic necessities while you work on your career plan. It is easier to get promoted from within.  You will find that managers... + continue reading
Dec 01st, 2019
December is here!  Does this mean that you can take a break from your job search?  While it's definitely tempting to spend all of your time at holiday parties and watching mindless television, you could be wasting a valuable opportunity.  This time of year can be important to your job search, but you have to stick with it.  Here are some tips to help you stay on track: Keep submitting applications.  It may surprise you to learn that there are jobs available during the holidays.  People quit, retire and move on to other opportunities.  Since many job seekers... + continue reading
Nov 26th, 2019
Looking for a job is difficult for everyone, but trying to live without an income introduces a whole new level of stress.  Here are some tips that will help you meet this challenge without becoming bankrupt: Access free services.  There is a multitude of non-profit employment centres that can assist you with your job search. Tropicana Employment Centre provides assistance with labour market research, resumes and cover letters, interview skills, as well as placements and introductions to employers. Go to the library.  The public library can be a rich source... + continue reading
Nov 17th, 2019
Now that you have graduated and you've realized that getting your first 'career' job is not easy, those Millennial jokes seem a lot less funny.  You may start to wonder if the people who are interviewing you actually think that Millennials require a two hour break to decompress and a trophy just for showing up.    Since most of the people who are interviewing you will be Baby Boomers and Gen X, they grew up with strict corporate hierarchies and may see things a little differently than you do.  However, the employer's view of Millennials is not all bad.  Here are... + continue reading
Nov 11th, 2019
Harassment is one of the most uncomfortable situations that you will encounter at work.  Since it is difficult to avoid your harasser, you may start to feel like you are at their mercy.  You are not.  Workplace Harassment is not only unacceptable, it's illegal.  Under the Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution, harassment is defined as: "improper conduct by an individual, that is directed at and offensive to another individual in the workplace, including at any event or any location related to work, and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known... + continue reading
Nov 04th, 2019
There are so many reasons to volunteer.  Perhaps there is a cause that you are passionate about.  Or maybe it is important to you to give back to your community.  It is also a great way to meet new people.  But can volunteer work help you get a job?  It is possible but you have to be strategic about it and it's not a guaranteed formula.  Here are some tips that will help you approach your volunteer work in a way that will support your career goals: Focus on key skills.   Volunteer work is an excellent opportunity for you to develop... + continue reading
Oct 28th, 2019
Wouldn't it be amazing if the hiring manager emailed you the list of questions they are going to ask before your interview?  While this may be too much to expect, you can take a lot of the guess work out of interviews and set yourself up for success by preparing the answers for a few common interview questions.  Here are a few questions that are almost always asked at interviews and some key points to remember when answering them: What are your strengths and weaknesses?  This is not time to be shy.  Try to identify the skills and experience that you possess that make you... + continue reading