Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Today marked a record attendance for the Manufacturing Matters Conference, hosted and sponsored by a number of exceptional community partners, which focuses on technological development and its impact on the future of the employment market and workforce development more generally.

Manufacturing Matters Conference, London Ontario, October 3, 2019 at the RBC London Place

LEHC had a couple of representatives attend and there as so much value to take from the expertise, knowledge, experience and stories that were shared today. Mayor Ed Holder introduced two representatives from Maple Leaf Foods, which has started pouring the concrete in building an upcoming, leading edge production plant in London Canada. Years of planning and thought have resulted in bringing Industry 4.0 to London Ontario. This was a great opportunity for community partners and business leaders to network and mingle about the future of economic development and the new workforce.

London Ontario Mayor Ed Holder introduces the speakers and outlines the event

Mayor of London Canada, Ed Holder, speaks to an enthralled crowd at the Manufacturing Matters Conference, 2019

Thank you to RBC London Place and to all the staff at the venue that made this event possible. Thank you to all of the businesses and investors in London and the community partners that work tirelessly to connect job seekers to employers and improve Ontario’s global competitive economic advantage while also reducing the unemployment rate.

Maple Leaf Foods Senior VP, Ben Brooks, speaks at the Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Company Representatives from Maple Leaf Foods explain the concept behind the new leading edge facility to be built in town by 2021

The Empowering Women in Manufacturing Panel, where three remarkable London Ontario professionals shared their stories of struggle and success in a traditionally male-dominated industry, was particularly insightful. Below, you can see a few stats about women in the manufacturing sector. The hope is to change these trends and build a truly inclusive workforce for Ontario. Thank you to these inspirational women. Womanufacturing, anyone?Stats about Women in Manufacturing, 2019

Stats about Women in Manufacturing 1
Saputo Company Logo

Reminder: Saputo is Coming to the LEHC

Visit the LEHC tomorrow, Thursday October 3, to chat with company representatives from Saputo in St. Mary’s. If you live in London and can’t get there, there are options for ride sharing or carpooling. Who knows, someone you meet tomorrow could coordinate a carpool. The openings are mainly for Production and Packaging but there are others and everyone is encouraged to stop by. Bring your family, your friends, and your positive attitude with you tomorrow as well. Bring a resume and cover letter (if you have one) and be prepared to meet face-to-face with company reps.Saputo Foods will be at the LEHC October 3, 2019 from 11-4 p.m.

London and Area Works Logo, LEDC

Another Successful London and Area Works Job Fair!

This past Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the LEHC attended the London and Area Works Job Fair. There were many community partners, companies, and job seekers there! Over 2500 job seekers attended, with growing interest and attendance after each event. The next one is already scheduled so mark it in your calendars now: April 21, 2019, location still TBD.One of the LEHC's star CESs, Susan Abdula, stands at the LEHC booth at the London and Area Works Job Fair, September 24, 2019 at the Western Fair Metroland Media Agriplex.One of the LEHC’s star CESs, Susan Abdula, poses at the LEHC booth during the London and Area Works Job Fair, September 24, 2019.

Targeted Cover Letters (and Resumes)

Not too long ago, Start.ca held a community partners breakfast at their new office at 700 York Street here in London ON. A couple of Talent Acquisition Professionals there mentioned their preferred method of applying for jobs. I noticed that what Start.ca wants is what job seekers could be doing to benefit the active job search. One point that has stood out is the company’s preference for a targeted cover letter and resume. Your first question might be, “How can a company tell if my application is customized to its role and culture?” Well, it is actually quite easy for an employer to tell if your application to their company is just one of fifty that you blasted out on any given day.

Put yourself in HR’s shoes. You have to get through 200 resumes by the end of the week and decide on the top 5 candidates. They might have 10 seconds to review your resume. After all, these are human beings, too, and they get bored reading the same things over and over again. It is a good idea to find ways to set yourself apart, to make your application interesting. There are so many ways to do this, including your tone, style, word choice and content.

Recently, career development professionals have noticed a striking trend in the contemporary active job search: submitting numerous identical cover letters and resumes with a change in company name and position title will not be a very effective strategy. In fact, it can end up exhausting the job seeker, taking away morale and momentum and replacing it with doubt and frustration. There are ways to customize your applications, but they do take an investment of time. It could take 1-2 hours to complete each new application but the return on that investment will far outweigh the time it takes to create the applications. As a job seeker, it is important to switch up routines and try new things, focusing on curiousity and where things could take you rather than fixating on a definite outcome.

See below for a tool that can help you customize your job applications. It will take time and energy, but your applications will come across to employers much stronger than the blanket application approach. Like any tool, it will not be useful on its own. It is all in how you use the tool that produces results.

In the left column, you will find the duties, tasks and skills of the job. On the right, you will find a place to list your skills, knowledge, and specific experiences. The middle column can be used to put both columns together in a statement to show exactly what you can offer the company. In doing so, you will need to work on ways to connect your ideas because listing a bunch of unrelated points will not sound very good. These can be very simple, like a transition word or phrase but it is important that you also take the time to put your ideas together in a clear, straight-forward, and relevant way. On the second page, you can copy and paste the job ad as that will be the best place to get all the information you will need to complete the application.

Targeting Your Job Applications