The front page image of Monday, February 3, 2020’s edition of the Toronto Star, by: Josh Rubin, Business Reporter
The Toronto Star reports today on a “talent gap,” addressing workforce planning and development issues and Toronto’s economic competitiveness within the Canadian economy. Many of these issues also exist in other economic regions of Ontario and Canada on a different scale. This may foreshadow municipal development elsewhere in the province and country as the limits of current urban centres are tested and infrastructural development becomes necessary in non-urban regions. Read the article here.
Australia has been devastated recently with wildfires on a massive scale. You can help by using Ecosia when you’re doing your web searches today, January 23, 2020! It’s free, and you can easily add it to your browser. Visit ecosia.org today and start searching today (and replanting the trees that will aid in the recovery of ecosystems in Australia).
Are you 55 or older in the London area? Would you like to be more active in the community? Are you interested in freelance or contract work to supplement your income? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Over 55 London encourages you to attend! See below for the details! We’ll see you on January 30, 2020!
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.
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?”
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.
For more inspiration, read from the Harvard Business Review here.
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).
A big thank you to all of the community partners that continue to make positive change through assisting individuals with participation in employment, education and/or training. Eight Employment Ontario (EO) offices, and a number of other valuable partners, contribute greatly to this progress on a daily basis!
Read more here!
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!
From everyone at the LEHC, we wish you the best this festive season and good things to come in the new year!
This is a time to reflect on all there is to be grateful for, and to share priceless moments with loved ones.
We hope to see you around in the new year!