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Human Skills Needed

Traditionally described as soft skills, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communication are becoming increasingly important skills for the new work world. The Business Council of Canada conducted a survey of major employers in Canada. The survey indicates that although there are gaps in technical areas, hiring managers are primarily interested in candidates with strong soft … Continue reading

A Career in Skilled Trades?

Considering a career in the skilled trades? The world will beat a path to your doorstep! Would you rather work with your hands than sit behind a desk? If you are looking for a change in careers or contemplating a first career, take a close look at the skilled trades. The list may be more … Continue reading

Hot Labour Market

In August, Canada’s jobless rate fell to 6.3% – the lowest its been since October 2008. Canada’s Labour Market has seen continuous growth with an eighth straight employment increase adding 10,900 jobs in July, according to Statistics Canada. This past year has seen the biggest 12-month gain since 2007 with 387,600 jobs – primarily in … Continue reading

Meet the Recruiter

The new one-on-one component at the Pickering Welcome Centre’s “Meet the Recruiter” event was a big success! Attendees participated in a“Warm Networking and Calling Card” workshop and spent five minutes with each of the six mentors discussing a particular topic. Mentors offered on the spot résumé critiques, social media tips and interview scenarios. Take a … Continue reading

Innovative Co-op Students

Employers are always looking for ways to drive business innovation. According to a recent Globe and Mail article, carefully managed projects to hire resourceful, innovative and tech-savvy co-op students can catalyze innovation in business. Recently, five students were paired with five CIBC Mellon employees in an incubator space. Their mandate was to identify business opportunities … Continue reading

Creativity = Happy Employee

Have you ever wondered which profession makes you the happiest? A study initiated by Robert Half and Happiness Works surveyed more than 12,000 Canadian and U.S. workers to find out what type of profession leads to happiness at work. Results indicate that creative and marketing professionals lead the pack – reporting the highest level of … Continue reading

Best Job Prospects

If you live in Ontario and you are you looking for a career with strong employment prospects, you may want to consider the field of nursing. An analytical report released by Emsi identified the top job trends in the province. At the top of the expected job gains are positions in the field of health. … Continue reading

New Citizenship Study Guide

The Government of Canada has released a new draft version of the Canadian Citizenship Study Guide. It highlights Canadian responsibilities and Indigenous Peoples. A draft version of a new study guide for the citizenship exam indicates that completing the census, paying taxes and respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples are mandatory obligations of Canadian citizenship. The … Continue reading

Where do Residents Work?

Executive Director of the Durham Workforce Authority, Heather McMillan, recently reported on the type of occupations held by Durham Region residents. The trends for the Oshawa CMA (including Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington populations) follow trends related to employment by occupation in the GTA and in the province. A steady increase in trades, transport and equipment … Continue reading

Student Grants

The Government of Canada offers Student Grants that fund part-time and full-time students, students with dependents, students with disabilities and students from low and middle income families. Some of the grants include: Grant for students from low-income families: A grant of $250 per month for eligible students who belong to a low-income family. Grant for … Continue reading