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Job Posting: Full Time Employment Advisor “WIL Chats”

July 26, 2018

Reporting directly to the Employment Preparation Team Leader at WIL Employment Connections (WIL), the Employment Advisor is responsible for working with clients individually and in groups (in person or virtually) to deliver English Language Chat sessions, current job search strategy theory and support services relating to Vocational Assessments, Employment Preparation Workshops, and networking events.  As…

Volunteer Opportunity–WIL is looking for Mock Interviewers

July 25, 2018

There are so many things to consider when you are actively looking for work: your social media presence, your networking skills, your resume, job alerts, getting additional training or education… So you’ve leveraged your network, checked the job postings, found the hidden job market, crafted your cover letters, sent out your customized resumes, and–success!–you have…

Five Online Application Tips

May 8, 2018

These days, a good deal of your job search is going to happen online. You’ll still have to navigate the more traditional venues, too, like networking, but everything happens on the internet. So, in addition to looking for job postings on employer websites, and looking at online job boards, you’ll also likely be filling out…

Five Things to Not Do at a Job Fair

April 6, 2018

There’s a job fair next week. Maybe you’ve heard? Here’s some more information. Last fall, we wrote a blog post about what to do to prepare for a job fair. You can find it here. Quick tips include dressing well, having resumés handy, and do some research before you arrive. To help you more, here…

Six Quick Resumé Tips

March 9, 2018

Though the online application has become a very popular way to apply for a job, there are many positions that still require a resumé. It’s not out of fashion, though it may be a little old school. Since you’ve got to have resumés if you’re looking for work, here are some tips to help you…

Priority Response Team

February 2, 2018

“The plan never survives contact with the enemy.”

–Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

No matter how well organized you are in anything, the unexpected can—and does—happen. Things come up that you could not have foreseen, like Donald Rumsfeld’s(in)famous “unknown unknowns”. This is just as true for your job search as it is for anything else.

WIL Chats

January 19, 2018

Enhancing communication skills and confidence for employability success

One of the newer programs that WIL offers is WIL Chats, a fun and innovative way to practice language and communication skills. Participants in the program gather with other newcomers to Canada to talk about Canadian culture—workplace culture in particular—and to increase their confidence with English. Successful communication is part language and part culture, and learning another language is more than simply learning the vocabulary.

‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Work

November 17, 2017

When I was a kid, I never had a summer job. I worked all summer, but I almost always kept that job during school, until I graduated university. I’m no stranger to seasonal work, though. One winter I took a job as seasonal help with the LCBO at Christmastime. The hours were long but not exceptionally demanding, the staff was great, the money was pretty good, and the customers were amazing.

Universal Basic Income and the Future of Work

November 9, 2017

If you’re paying attention at all, you know that the world of work is changing. We’re shifting to a gig economy, which is really a hip way to say “precarious work”, we’re in an age enamoured of austerity policies, which tend to slow economic growth, and we’re seeing an increasing concentration of wealth. This is less true in Canada than in other countries, but it remains true.

The Changing Face of Canada

October 26, 2017

Sometimes, empirical evidence comes along to confirm what you already suspected or knew for sure. A great example of this is the latest results from the StatsCan survey, which indicate that Canada is becoming more diverse.