London and Area Works Job Fair Preparation Workshop, Friday May 8, 2020 at 10 a.m.

On May 8, the LEHC will offer a special edition of the job fair preparation workshop to support people in navigating the new, virtual format for the London and Area Works Job Fair on May 12, 2020 from 2-6 p.m.

Join the LEHC for the London and Area Works (Virtual) Job Fair Preparation Workshop. Register by emailing epugliese@lehc.ca or calling 519-439-0501 , ext. 260. We'll see you May 8 at 10 a.m.!

Registration for the job fair is required as it shares your contact information with the organizers. The link will be available on May 1, 2020 but this workshop will review the process to access the event, a new remote world of work and other tips, information and resources that can be useful in your active job search and networking efforts! See you next Friday!

The Last Puzzle Piece

Networking: the End of the World?

Neuroscience News.com - Brain Image in the Public Domain

Just thinking about that word can make most people shudder with anxiety. This is meant to define the act of meeting people. It is a holistic concept linked to your skills to show up with charisma and put yourself out there in order to make new contacts that you are ultimately trying to use to your advantage. When put that bluntly, it’s understandable that networking makes people uncomfortable. But, that’s an important point: it makes everyone uncomfortable to a certain degree. Some are just more used to it than others. Like anything, your ability to perform in networking effectively depends on your level of exposure and practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Add to that the fact that everybody naturally networks and, that in its purest form networking is just socializing and getting to meet new people that could become friends or partners, and it will slowly lose its power of intimidation.

The biggest challenges of networking always come with beginning. The first step is often the hardest and can prevent people from even trying in the first place.

But, just think, what was it that stopped you the last time you wanted to put yourself out there? Was it what others might think of you? You don’t think you’re good enough or worth the time? You believe you will fail? Then, ask yourself, “What does failure mean?” “What would happen if things did not turn out the way I expect them to?”

NetworkingHumanBrain-2020-Source: NeuroscienceNews.com

Things will never really turn out as expected, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not reasonable to think that there is only one acceptable outcome in any given situation that if unmet makes all efforts pointless, a waste of time, a failure. Try to approach your next outings with curiousity instead of anxiety, and accept that any number of outcomes could be even better than any you could have possibly imagined!

We all have good and bad days, days we wish were better, and horrible days that could not seem any worse. This is also normal. It’s unfortunate, yes, but completely natural for everyone. All we can do is treat others with respect and dignity, like they may be going through a tough challenge, and do our best to ease the struggle and offer a helping hand that could make all the difference. Networking, then, is less about what others can give to you and more about what you can offer others. Humility, kindness, generosity, gratitude: these are the traits of the greatest networkers. So, yes, there is injustice, unfairness, and incredible misfortune in this world; but, there is also hope, love, faith, and kindness. Most things will remain outside of your control, but there are also countless measures you can take to improve things in a positive way on a daily basis, however slightly and however small the scale or influence. Fear, irrational perhaps, might be the only thing stopping you from putting yourself out there. All you have to do is show up.

The Last Puzzle Piece
For more inspiration, read from the Harvard Business Review here.

Happy New Year from the LEHC!

Take a leap in 2020, a leap year

You’ve heard all the catchphrases, “New Year, New You,” “Spring into the New Year,” “This is Your Year.”

So, we’ll spare you the platitudes. The LEHC is interested in assisting, guiding, and supporting every person in setting, planning, and reaching set goals and objectives. While many people and places try to hype up the possibilities of the new year with little practical suggestion, we want to help you with the specifics of your situation and help in customizing an approach and strategy in the job market that will work for you. It is, after all, a leap year so do your best to take one.

There’s a lot of hardship at this time of year as well. We might reflect on all the resolutions we didn’t keep, or on how the year didn’t get us to where we want to be, and this will halt momentum in getting things done and making things happen. Try to approach this year with genuine curiousity and just start by noticing things, not trying to immediately solve or fix them. Beating yourself up about this stuff is only going to make it more difficult for you to realize your goals. Be kind and gentle with yourself, and give yourself credit for any victory, however small. This will make a positive and proactive approach much easier. Good things will happen. You just need to take the first, and hardest, step.

Visit the LEHC today and start your new year off in a positive and productive way!

The Modern Resume

There is an entire industry dedicated to writing resumes!

Professionals study, research, and practice this stuff in the hopes of developing a tested method for creating resumes with the most impact. Though the resume is only one piece of the active job search puzzle, it can be your key into the locked doors of HR decision-making. It may result in an interview.

Image of Resumes Being Presented. Publci Domain.

This is the whole point: to get in front of a human being and connect. You need not spend hours and hours fixating on the “perfect” resume (because, really, it does not exist). Instead, try to strategize and target the resume to your specific postings of interest.

This will help to keep you grounded and freshen things up once it gets stale. Be creative. Enjoy the craft of writing as much as possible. Have fun. Putting that energy into your application document(s) will make it come across to the reader that you are energetic, proactive, positive–all of those things that get harder and harder to be the longer you are at a job search without yet reaching the desired outcome (the job offer).

Read more here.

If you think you’ve tried it all, give the LEHC a call. Maybe we can put things into perspective and start to develop a coordinated and strategic active job search.