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Dec 26th, 2019
When you're out of work, the holidays can be a lot more stressful than they are fun.  You don't have much money to spare and you are forced to explain your job situation to your family and friends.  Before long, you may find yourself just trying to survive the holidays instead of enjoying them.  Here are some tips to help you manage the holiday stress: Spend time with people who make you feel good.  Pay attention to the way that you feel when you are around different people.  Some people make you feel motivated and energized, while others leave you feeling drained... + continue reading
Dec 15th, 2019
The Holidays can be a tricky time of year at work; you never know who is going to get you a present, and you're always afraid that you're going to buy your coworker the wrong thing.  Here are some gift ideas that are sure to be a hit with everyone:   Holiday treats.  Almost everybody loves sweets and they're especially appreciated during the holidays.  Do some baking and your coworkers will happily gobble up whatever you make.  It's a great way to bring a gift to everyone so that nobody is left out.  Just be sure to provide an ingredient list in case... + continue reading
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