Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 916 6803 7965
Dial by your location: 647 558 0588 Canada
It’s easy! Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your invitation and click the link in time for the 9:30 a.m. start! (You can also call 519-439-0501 to register).
Yes, it’s on a Friday and it’s earlier in the day. The weather will also be warmer, but rain is forecast so it could be a perfect chance to participate in an enriching seminar for your career development from the comfort of your own home. (Dial-in by phone is also an option).
Plus, register for the social media for job search seminar with the LEHC and get a free resource guide with tools, resources, templates, and perspective so you can start your own creative journey!
(If you can’t make it for this one, register for any upcoming sessions and the guide is yours)!
It’s free. No one can take it from you (though, they can make you lose it). Remind yourself:
I’m Sara Mesa, an Executive Assistant with over ten years of experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. I’m currently working for London Employment Help Centre. When I came to Canada in 2016, I had limited knowledge of employment services, job search, and networking strategies. I had my Bachelor in Communications and my Diploma in Human Resources from Colombia, but these were not enough for me to get a job in London Canada.
Finding a job was not easy, and I realized that I needed professional guidance to start my career in London. If you’re a newcomer looking for a job, take a look at the following three tips for success:
1. Expand your English skills. Find a school that provides ESL or LINC classes (the schools are providing virtual classes due to the pandemic). Work on your speaking and listening skills by talking to your neighbours and teachers. Also, reading news and information, watching movies and listening to music in English will help you improve your communications!
If you need to evaluate your English level, contact Cross Cultural Learner Centre to take a language assessment test.
Check the following ESL/LINC/OSLT options in London:
- G.A. Wheable Adult and Continuing Education Centre: (519) 452-2660 | 70 Jacqueline St, London, ON N5Z 3P7
- Centre for Lifelong Learning – St. Patrick Campus: (519) 675-4436 | 1230 King Street, St. Patrick Campus, London, ON N5W 2Y2
- The Accenture Learning Platform (online database with English language learning resources): ask us and we can set you up with an account!
- Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) is offered at no cost for newcomers to Ontario: https://co-oslt.org/
For more information about schools visit the following link: https://www.informationlondon.ca/services/groups/list/10422/english_as_a_second_language_esl_and_other_language_training_programs
If you feel comfortable with your communication and you have a 5-6 English level, reach out and contact an employment service provider!
2. Find an employment provider. Book an appointment with a Career and Employment Specialist at London Employment Help Centre (519-439-0501) and discuss your background, experience, and short and long-term goals. Note that the appointments are virtual currently because of COVID-19.
Communicate with your counsellor frequently and follow up with them! Don’t expect that the Career and Employment Specialist makes everything happen for you. It demonstrates passion and interest in your job search, and can be a great way to practice networking and build your communications skills with someone you can trust.
Don’t be afraid and talk about the barriers that you’re experiencing currently.
3. Get your resume in top shape. Keep in mind that if you’re looking for a job opportunity, your resume is one of the most important documents to get any results. By polishing and formatting your resume, you have more chances to get an interview. Remember that resumes differ from country to country. In Canada, you don’t need to include a picture, religion, age or marital status in your resume. Learn more about typical Canadian resumes and pay special attention to keeping them concise and organized. Include your soft skills as well as technical skills, education, and work experience. Do not simply translate words from your native language. Tell your story!
For some positions, it is mandatory to apply with a resume and cover letter. Check the Internet for some examples and ask your Career and Employment Specialist about best practices to write a cover letter and resume. Ask us for the LEHC Cover Letter and Resume guides!
As a newcomer myself, I understand your fears and limited knowledge on how to find a job. Remember that you’re not alone and you can utilize the education and employment services to achieve your goals in Canada. Stay tuned for more tips and advice!
Welcome to London, Ontario!
You’ve heard it before: “I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs online and haven’t heard anything back.”
Networking is the answer! But, you’ve also heard how difficult it is to network and that only certain people are good at it.
Truth is, you’ve already been networking! As job seekers, you need to start building your network today so that you can access it when it’s needed. Networking can’t happen over night. Build trustful relationships now before you need them.
Flip the script: think, “What can I do for that person?” rather than, “What can they do for me?”
Join us for the next Networking seminar to build your networking skills! (See our events page).
Are you a youth between the ages of 16-29? You are eligible if:
-You are between the ages of 16-29 years old
-You have evening and weekend availability
– You are able to complete a background check (2 pieces of ID required)
If you answered yes to those questions, register in advance of the event HERE!
Check out the details below (bonus Zoom interview preparation, tips, and expectations for new Walmart employees)!