Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
Hit Your Career Sweet Spot with Mentorship!
The work world has changed considerably over the past two decades. Employees must do more with fewer resources. Having a mentor who can guide you and advise you will make your career journey smoother, more enjoyable and more successful.
Telephone Interview Success!
Telephone interviews are often used in the early stages of the interview process by potential employers before arranging face-to-face interviews. It is important to prepare for the phone interview as you would for an in-person interview.
Staying Motivated While Finding Your Job
Looking for work can and should feel a bit like a job. However, it is an unpaid position with no set schedule, no guaranteed rewards, no apparent co-workers, and it is a marketing and sales position where some level of rejection is a given. It is a position we generally try to avoid, one we all find ourselves in at some point, and one where the better we are at it, the faster we get out of it. Maintaining motivation and a positive attitude throughout the job search can be a challenge, so understanding what aspects of job searching can drain our motivation and working through them will help keep our spirits up.
5 Tips to keep focused on a job search during the holidays
The holidays are often a very busy time whether you’re employed or looking for work. Between baking, cooking large meals and visiting family, it can be hard to focus on ourselves, let alone a job search. Here are 5 tips to help keep your job search momentum going during the holiday season.
10 Tips for Coping with Job Loss
Our jobs play an important part in our lives; they are part of our identity, our sense of purpose and our social circle, not to mention they provide financial security. It’s no wonder that being laid off, fired or even quitting a job brings about feelings of loss.
The NEW Youth Employment Fund
The Ontario government has announced a NEW Youth Employment Fund aimed at creating 25,000 new job opportunities for youth. This Fund, an extension of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Employment Ontario program, is designed to provide youth, aged 15-29 with entry into long-term employment through job placements, learning work skills while earning an income. Successful outcomes of this new fund are employment, education and training. The Fund was rolled out by Employment Ontario Service Providers September 23, 2013.
Social Media as a Marketing Tool
In previous posts we discussed the importance of tapping into your network as part of your job search. With the creation of social media, networking is increasingly happening online. According to an Ipsos Reid survey conducted in July 2011, approximately 86% of Canadians aged 18 to 34 and 62% of those aged 35 to 54 on the internet had a social network profile. Today, approximately 7 million Canadians use the professional social network LinkedIn and this number is increasing. That is a lot of people in a network!
When it comes to job searching, there is some truth in the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
Career Portfolios: A Picture is worth 1000 words!
Have you ever left an interview thinking “if I could just show them what I can do, I know I would get the job”? Few employers offer the opportunity to demonstrate skills and abilities during the interview, but a good career portfolio will illustrate your capabilities and past achievements.
Back to School, Back to Work
The fall chill signals back to school and for some stay-at-home parents, thoughts turn to a return to the workforce. If only it was as easy as stepping onto a big yellow bus and being whisked away to your new job! Parents getting back into the workforce face multiple challenges including juggling roles, marketing their skills and coordinating childcare. Before jumping into the job search, it’s important to spend some time planning.