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The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) Releases Policy Updates

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The OMSSA released an update today informing communities about upcoming public consultations for the  provincial and federal budgets. Click here to read more and to give your input and feedback on the provincial budget. Or visit the Federal Government’s budget consultation website to provide valuable feedback and input about the federal budget. You can also submit your feedback by regular mail.

Also included was an update about the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit, which is a government investment to support people that need financial assistance with housing costs. Read all about it here.

 

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Networking: the End of the World?

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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?”

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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.

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For more inspiration, read from the Harvard Business Review here.

The Salvation Army Centre of Hope London ON Job Fair

Join the fine folks at the Centre of Hope today for their first job fair…ever. Don’t miss out if you are interested in working to serve the community. There are roles of all kinds available. See below for the details. See you there! (January 9, 2020, 3-7:30 p.m., Centre of Hope Chapel, 281 Wellington Street, London ON).

Join the Salvation Army Centre of Hope in London ON for its first job fair. Jan. 9, 2020 from 3-7:30 p.m., Centre of Hope Chapel, 281 Wellington Street London ON

Public Consultations on Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario

The festive season is a good time to address poverty within our families and communities. Not everyone has the privilege of celebrating at this time of year, and poverty reduction strategy is massively important to reduce and ideally eliminate the barrier of poverty.

What does poverty look like to you?

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is conducting a new study to research ways to reduce poverty in Ontario. Poverty is everywhere, and is linked to very important things like access to education and resources, stable housing, regular meals and hygiene. These issues affect the whole community so we all have a vested interest in this issue whether we realize it or not. Visit here to learn more from the formal Ministry news release, and please participate. All are welcome and equally valued: those with lived experience of poverty and marginalization, wealthy individuals, the middle class, the working poor, students and scholars, and ultimately, all community members. Keep an eye out for an update in January 2020 with the online survey. If you need assistance completing the survey, visit the LEHC or another local community partner. You can send your initial feedback to prso@ontario.ca in the meantime.

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.

 

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Saputo Returns to the LEHC for Version 3.0!

Come on out and meet company representatives from Saputo foods in St. Mary’s.

Saputo Foods returns to the LEHC for another career fair on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 11-4 p.m.

If you do not have transportation, there are great ride-share and carpooling options in the region so ask about that before dismissing this opportunity to network directly with company decision-makers.

We look forward to another successful event with more successful connections and hires! Spread the Word!

Top Three (Practical) Things To Do Today as an Active Job or Talent Seeker

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Yeah, we’ve all seen the top ten and twenty lists that dominate trending blog and news articles. This, though, is a top three. Three: it’s a good number. It is manageable and therefore more likely to help people in getting done whatever needs to be done. Life is chaotic; information is everywhere and ever-present; it’s hard to get a good sense of direction sometimes, and it’s normal to feel the need for help. Here’s just a little something to get your feet back on the ground:

1) Set Reasonable Goals

A big part of procrastination is the uncertainty of what will happen if we do, in fact, decide to do something. If a goal is too complicated, it will immediately become more difficult to accomplish. You can start easy by setting the goal to cook dinner and then clean up the kitchen afterward. “What’s specifically involved?,” “How might it look if I were to do this?,” “How might I feel after if I’ve reached the goal?” Then, with practice, you set more and more meaningful and significant goals using the same principles as you would with simpler goals.

2) Think of Specific Tasks

Fear and/or change can dominate a person’s motivation to do something. Remember a few key things when it comes to setting and achieving goals: motivation follows action, you can never truly predict how something will go so there’s nothing to lose by giving it a try and seeing what it looks like, and this whole topic is highly sensitive and emotionally charged. Emotions are triggered by thoughts, not the other way around.

3) Complete Tasks Systematically

As with doing anything, some kind of organizational system helps. There’s no magical prescription for what that looks like, but people generally start with lists and then determine what tasks need to be completed in order for the next task to be ready for completion until the goal is reached. Start small, and then once you see that there’s nothing to fear about experience, testing, positive modification and success, you can go bigger and bigger based on what you are really after.

What are you really after?

Contact the LEHC if you are a job seeker or business in London Ontario seeking more detailed and useful specific tactics and strategies in making progress toward your personal, professional, or organizational goals and growth.

Stay tuned for the Top Three (Big Picture) Things to Do Today as an Active Job or Talent Seeker!