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The passing of Gord Downie marked a tragic day for many Canadians. We lost not only a brilliant artist but also a role model for reconciliation with Indigenous people. Next Monday, June 11 from 7-8:30 pm, acclaimed musical journalist Michael Barclay, author of the first print biography of The Tragically... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Arts & Culture
Ever wonder what you can do to enhance your conversations, improve your knowledge base and basically enrich your LIFE? One of the easiest ways is to watch films - lighthearted comedies, intense documentaries, beautiful exposés, real-life dramas, and heart wrenching tragedies. Toronto Public Library recently acquired a subscription to Kanopy.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Arts & Culture
Library Settlement Partnership Week 2016 at Lillian H. Smith Branch Toronto Public Library and eight local settlement agencies celebrate the ninth anniversary of Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) from October 10-21, coinciding with Canadian Citizenship Week (October 9-15) and Ontario Public Library Week (October 15-21). This year’s theme is Celebration 150,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at New to Canada
How many times have we heard the following: "Get a college diploma, get a university degree - these will get you good jobs!" What we really should be looking at is the labour market, and then gaining the practical skills, and checking out where the job vacancies are. In April... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Fats Domino in his 1964 album Fats on Fire performed Gotta' Get a Job: "I've gotta get a job..." So that got me thinking about the best places to work - who are Canada's best employers? Every year, a whole series of 'best' lists pop up. The Globe and Mail... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
On the first day of Spring, our thoughts can turn to all things green: grass, trees, plants jobs! You know what they say - the grass is greener on the other side, etc. So if you're looking to change your job, you may want to think about working either... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Ever since I saw that movie, The Bucket List, I've been enthralled with the idea of a bucket list. So my list consists of 10 items; but, I just found a really funny list! It includes: Wear shirt that says “Life”. Hand out lemons on street corner. Hire two private... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
The perennial theme of balancing life and work resurfaces for many of us time and again. How many of us wish that our to-do lists were shorter or that there was more time in our day? I find that even those people who require very little sleep, like 4 hours... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Glassdoor recently announced their seventh annual Employees' Choice Awards, honouring the 50 best places to work in the US and UK. Thirty of these companies have offices in Canada: Google Bain & Company F5 Networks Boston Consulting Group Chevron McKinsey & Company Procter & Gamble Brigham and Women’s Hospital Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
For some people, their goal is to graduate, get a good job that is in line with their values and goals, and stay there until they retire. The assumption then was that a job is a career, but that is no longer the case. In fact, a job is just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Many people experience depression and resentment after a layoff or a period of unemployment. For some people, losing a job is like losing a loved one or ending a relationship. Ignore the person who says, well, just get over it and move on. It's important to acknowledge the loss, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
I can't remember the last time I set out the lawn sprinkler - it's been raining almost every other day! On the other hand, my lawn and garden looks amazingly green! Similarly, try to look on the bright side of things if you have not been working for a year... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! There are many job fairs coming up on the horizon! Here they are in date order: September 18th - Living Arts Centre, Mississauga September 25th - Global Kingdom, Scarborough October 10th - Rogers Centre, Toronto October 21st - Toronto Reference Library, Toronto Details about the first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
By AQ A glimpse from across the room...a twinkle in the eye...butterflies in the stomach...those aren't things that happen just in fairytales and movies, but more often than we may think, happen in the place where we spend most of our days: work. Barack and Michelle Obama have done it,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Wow, that's a tough one to answer - do I decide based on holds statistics e.g. how many people are on the waiting list? On how long it's been on a bestsellers list? Or on what reviewers say about it? I can hardly wait to get my hands on any... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
By: AQ By the time most students reach high school, they have it set in their minds that the path to a successful career is going to school, studying hard, getting good grades, obtaining a degree or two and then voila, they will be hired! But then something strange happens…they’re... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
By AQ When was the last time you saw the top of your desk? If your boss happens to ask you for that receipt, which you're pretty sure you put right there, under those files just next to that stack of you begin to start panicking? If so, you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
The first day of Summer is June 21st; but in reality, many young adults and recent graduates started their jobsearch months ago. The rate of unemployment for Ontarians between the ages of 15 and 24 is between 16 and 17 per cent (18 per cent in Toronto). Those numbers are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
My Significant Other and I have a running joke - we tell our friends and families that for every 10 new handbags I get, he gets a new car! While it is true that I have lots of handbags, there are some perennial favourites that I turn to now and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog has just advertised a list of upcoming job fairs. The first one on the list takes place on July 24th at North York Memorial Hall. Admission is free for those who pre-register. Dust off your resumes! Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
The Toronto Employment Directory has a lengthy list of upcoming Job Fairs! There are plenty of great opportunities for you to meet prospective employers, so go with many copies of your perfected resume and cover letter! Many of them have free admission and I even saw several that offer free... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
A survey conducted by Harris Interactive in May and June of 2013 included 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals from across industries. The intent was to find out that given two candidates with the same credentials, what other deciding factors would they consider in order to select one over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Manpower recently released the results of their Manpower Employment Outlook Survey which indicated that Canadian employers anticipated certain sectors to experience the strongest job prospects. The Construction sector lead the pack, followed by Manufacturing - Durables, Wholesale & Retail Trade, and Education. In The Conference Board of Canada's Economic Performance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
The 2014 Mississauga Career Fair will take place at The Living Arts Centre, Thurs., Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Network with potential employers and have your resume critiqued for free. Free admission if you pre-register! Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
Happy New Year to you all! May you remain resolute in your job-related intentions! Many years ago, a friend's mother earned her Masters in English Literature. This was after she retired from her lifelong passion and job as a Registered Nurse. Another friend recently remarked that she is ready to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Career and Job Search Help Blog