TCET Newsletter

February 2015

Commissioner of Oaths Services

Commissioner of oaths services are available by appointment at all locations to take affidavits, declarations, oaths, attest/certify true copies of original documents.

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Scheduled Events 

Brampton City South: Taxation & Tax Benefits on Wednesday, February 18 at 2:00pm

Brampton East: Sun Life Hiring Event on Thursday, February 5 
Malton: Client Appreciation Day  on Wednesday, February 18 at 10:00am 
Oakville: Wills and Power of Attorney on Friday, February 13 at 2:00pm 
Mississauga: Starting a New Life in Canada on Thursday, February 19 at 1:00pm 

Don Mills: VHA Home Health Care on Thursday, February 5 at 9:30am

Parliament: Canadian Workplace Culture on Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00pm  


Employment Services Workshop Calendar:

Newcomer Services Information Sessions Calendar:

What to Say When You're Asked for "Salary Requirements"  


1. Never leave it blank!
Online application systems require that all fields be filled out for you to be considered for the job. So, leaving it blank puts you in the digital trash can.

2. Never write something vague like "TBD" or "Pay Open for Discussion."
A company just wants you to come clean and give them a price range. You know what you are worth and what you want. Create a range that covers your walk-away rate (the lowest you can accept) and your ideal pay rate.


3. Do your homework and put down a value reflective of the market.
There are plenty of sites today that offer information on the
current salary ranges for people in the position you are applying for. Be sure to factor in your location and offer a range that is fitting for the current market. Just because you made $80,000 in your last job doesn't mean you are going to get it now. The market might only be willing to pay $60,000 to $70,000. By researching this up front, you can be sure to put in a range that they will accept.

4. Don't assume what you put is cast in stone.
Just because you listed the range, doesn't mean you have to accept an offer within it. If you make it through the interview process and realize that you are bringing far more value to the role than the other possible candidates. Or, that the job is far greater in scope and responsibility than what you thought it was at the time you applied, you can always try to negotiate a higher starting salary. Just make sure they A) have the capacity to pay more, and B) you can 100 percent prove you'll be immediately worth every penny.

Source: by J.T. O'DonnellPosted Jun 18th 2012
Top 3 Tips to Staying Positive While Looking for a Job!  

Don't let the media and the news put you down.

No matter how bad they say it is companies are always looking to hire the best available staff. If you have the right skills and passion, there will be a job waiting for right around the corner.

Tip #1: Stay up to date with what is happening in your industry
Don't let yourself fall behind just because you're not currently working. The best approach is to learn more about your particular industry. Read your local newspaper, conduct informational interviews with people in the industry and research online as there are many great resources available. This way you will be ahead of your competition when it comes time to interview. 

Tip #2: Support Groups
You may feel as though you're the only person in your situation without a job, but guess what - you're not. Reach out to people for support. There are many groups and community organizations that provide excellent assistance in the areas of resume writing, interviewing and job hunting. 

Tip #3: Network with a positive attitude
Concentrate on the skills and knowledge you have and master the skill of marketing your talent. Always maintain contacts and stay in touch with people, and remember don't give up. Jobs don't find you, you find them!

Source: by RedStarResume
Office Etiquette: Tips to Overcome Bad Manners at Work

Why is office etiquette important? Because bad manners at work can be bad for business by negatively affecting employee morale and productivity. 

To ensure a happy and productive work environment, every employee (not just management) should act as a role model by demonstrating the following good manners:
  • Stay at home when you're sick
  • Put your cell phone on vibrate mode to prevent disturbing others
  • Always show up on time for meetings
  • Pay attention during meetings and avoid multi-tasking
  • Don't hold meetings in your cubicle and distract those sitting close nearby. For meetings with three or more people, go to a conference room or a break area
  • Eat lunch in the cafeteria or break room. Avoid eating smelly food at your desk
  • Be aware of how loud you speak on the telephone if you work in a cubicle environment 
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne at work
  • Respect your co-worker's property (and company property)
  • Don't take things from others without asking. Refrigerator lunch food stealers - that also means you!
  • Don't yell and scream at others. Compassion and empathy will serve you much better to earn respect
Canada Apprentice Loan Basics

The Canada Apprentice Loan is available to help registered Red Seal apprentices cover the cost of their training. 

What you need to know:
  • The Government of Canada offers apprentices registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program up to $4,000 per period of technical training.
  • You can get Canada Apprentice Loans for up to 5 periods of technical training 
  • Your loan will be interest-free for up to 6 years as long as you are confirmed as being registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program
  • You do not have to make any loan payments as long as your loan is in interest-free status
To see if your eligible and to apply online visit: Canada Apprentice Loan
Youth Corner - Homework Help 


Exams are over, got your report card, now what?


Exam season is over and report cards have come out. Second semester seems a lot tougher and your parents are almost, always on your case. You are now probably thinking, "How am I going to keep up or improve my grades? "No need to stress, just a couple of strategies will ensure you that you will keep up your grades without a doubt. Not only will this help you maintain your grades in high school but as well in your post-secondary education. As long as you have these tips on hand, you will never see a bad grade! 

Tip #1: Attend every class

Ensuring you go to class regularly will help you intake more of the education that your teacher is providing to you. Being absent may cause you to miss important dates and information your teacher may have for you that is not available for you to find online. In addition, attending class leads to class participation the more you participate the more you learn. Did you know part of your marks come from your attendance?


Tip #2: Stay Organized

Taking notes and keeping them up-to-date will help you succeed in many ways. Instead of shuffling through countless amounts of loose papers, have your papers in one place organized according to subject, date and chapter. Guaranteed this will improve your studying techniques and ensure you do not have anything important missing. 


Tip #3: 

Many times students refrain from asking questions during class because they assume that it is embarrassing. However, most of the questions that are not asked, are the ones that everyone needs the answer to. If you need to ask a question, don't be nervous, take the initiative. However, if that is not the case, talk to your teacher after class in private and go over what you need to know. If you don't ask questions, you will not be able to do your best!


Keep up the good work!

If you would like to learn more about your learning styles and maintaining good grades, or get homework help, contact one of our Youth Counsellors at

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