TCET Newsletter

July 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: Resume and Cover Letter for Youth on Friday, July 3 at 9:30am 

Brampton East: Education and Training on Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00am   
Malton: Financial Literacy on Tuesday, July 14 at 10:00am 
Oakville: Consumer Protection Rights in Ontario on Monday, July 20 at 10:00am 
Mississauga: Cash Register Training for Women by YWCA on Tuesday, July 14 at 10:00am & 1:30pm

Parliament: How to find a job using social media on Thursday, July 16 at 2:00pm  

Don Mills: Pillar Security Information Session on Friday, July 3 at 9:30am  


Employment Services Workshop Calendar:

Newcomer Services Information Session Calendar:

Do Informational Interviews to Learn about a Career or Company 


An informational interview is a meeting to learn about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you. It's not a job interview, so it's important to keep focused on getting information, not a job offer.  

How do I set up an informational interview? 

1. Find contacts: Ask people in your network for contacts in a field, company or job that interests you. 

2. Make Contact: Either call or email to make contact. The introduction could be; "Mrs. Smith, Brad Johnson suggested I speak with you. My name is Steven Olson and I am interested in the _____ field. I could use advice from someone who is in this field. Do you have time in the next two weeks to meet for about 20 minutes? I would really like to learn more about your company and the ____ field from someone like you."

3. Hold the meeting: After introductions give a brief summary of your career goal, or what you want to learn from them. Prepare plenty of questions to make good use of the time. Respect their time. 

Sample Questions include:

-What is a typical day like in your job?

-What do you like most/least about your career?

-What are current job prospects like?

- What are employers looking for in this career (skills, education, experience)?

Some additional tips include:

- make a good impression. This person may provide additional referrals that could lead to a job.

-Keep it short. Limit your initial interview to 15-30 minutes based on how the conversation is going.

-End the interview with stating any follow up actions you will take based on their recommendations.

- Thank them for their time and information and send them a thank you note after your interview.  



Correction from JUNE ISSUE: The Defining Moments of Every Job Interview: SOURCE

Beat the Robots: How to get your resume past the system and into human hands


To make sure you get past that troll and into the door for an interview, check out these tips for writing a resume that an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) will approve- and a hiring manager will love. 


1. Keep Formatting Simple

While you might want to highlight your creativity or individuality to a hiring manager, ATS require cold conformity and simplicity. Also stick to standard resume formatting in a normal font like Arial, Courier or Times New Roman - the ATS can't read fancy fonts and will reject your resume out of confusion. Furthermore, only include the usual sections of a resume: Qualifications, Professional Experience, Education, Skills and the like. Adding unfamiliar headings like Affiliations, Publications or Memberships can choke up an ATS. Finally, send your resume as a word doc. or in rich text format instead of a PDF. Though ATS software is becoming better at reading PDF's, it can still miss important things when trying to process them. 

2. Nail the Correct Keywords

For any profession, there's always lingo, software, responsibilities, basic skills and licenses or certificates associated with performing the job well -- and an ATS will be looking for key phrases and contextual information related to those qualifications. To make sure the software recognizes that you're a good fit for the job, use these tips to successfully keyword optimize your resume: 

  • include verb phrases and skills written in the job description on your own resume 
  • use both the acronym and the spelled out form of any given title, certification, or organization, so you're set regardless of which format the ATS is looking for. For example; Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
An important note here- Don't go overboard. In the past, people thought that they could exploit the system by overstuffing their resumes with keywords, thus ranking them higher in the eyes of the ATS. This is a very bad idea. Not only is the software sophisticated enough to see this kind of keyword stuffing, if your resume does make it into human hands, no one will be impressed by a resume filled with keywords. Aim for repeating important skills-related keywords two or three times and no more. 

3. Don't make any spelling mistakes
Seriously, spelling mistakes are the death of your resume. While a human being can at least figure out what you mean (before tossing your resume into the trash in disapproval), an ATS will terminate you immediately because it will simply have no idea what you're talking about. So double, triple, and quadruple check your resume before sending it in. Have someone else do the same. Spelling mistakes can be easily avoided if you're careful. 

At the end of the day, once your resume passes the unfailing eye of the ATS, it will then be scrutinized by a human eye. The good news is that all of the advice for optimizing your resume for ATS is simply good resume practice. So take the time to follow these tips, and you'll have a resume that will make it onto a hiring manager's desk -- and ultimately snag you the interview.


source: the muse; by Mark Slack and Erik Bowitz

Free Admission at Parks Canada Sites 

Celebrate Canada's 148th birthday with a a FREE visit to some of the country's natural and cultural treasures. On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, admission is free at all national parks, national marine conservation areas and Parks Canada-administered national historic sites. 

Parks Canada manages a network of 44 national parks, 168 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas. Visit Parks Canada to find one near you. 

TRCA's PAIE Program: Environmental Professionals for a Green Economy

PAIE is an innovative bridge training program that connects highly skilled Internationally Trained Environmental Professionals such as Engineers, Geoscientists, Planners, Ecologists, Green Building Professionals, and other associated professions with professional employment opportunities that help to fulfill the Canadian experience required for professional licensing and certification. 


For eligibility criteria, to register for an information session and to apply, visit:


Application Deadline: August 3rd, 2015

Improving your English and French starts with a Language Assessment here:

Canada has two official languages: English and French. In Ontario most people speak English but use of French is growing. Improving official language skills will help with: 
*Acquiring Canadian Citizenship
*Getting a job
*Participating in your community

Free Language Classes for Eligible Immigrants!
Funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario, TCET Language Assessment Centres (LACS) provide free language assessments and referrals to classes to: 
*Canadian Citizens
*Permanent Residents
*Convention Refugees and Claimants 
English classes include: 
*Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) - in class and online
*English as a Second Language (ESL)

French Classes include: 
*CLIC, in class and online
*French as a Second Language (FSL)

Workplace language training include:
*Bridge-to-work (BTW)
*Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

Employers want workers with strong language skills. In order to enter some jobs or professions, attending workplace preparation language classes will help.

Get Started!
To enrol in a class, first complete a language assessment at our Language Assessment Centre. For maps/locations across Peel, Halton visit: LOCATIONS

Certified assessors administer assessments based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), the national standard which measures language competencies in the skills area of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

In 2014, we helped over 14,400 clients in Peel-Halton in getting their language assessments and in enrolling in 540 classes, offered by 25 language training providers at more than 50 locations and online. 

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