TCET Newsletter

September 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: Citizenship Application on Tuesday, September 15 at 2:00pm 

Brampton East: Building Bridges: Anti-racism 101 on Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00am   
Malton: Working in Canada on Thursday, September 3 at 10:00am 
Oakville: Volunteer Fair on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00am 
Mississauga: Introduction to Legal Aid Services in Peel on Thursday, September 17 at 10:00am 

Parliament: Social Media for job search on Thursday, September 24 at 1:30pm  

Don Mills: First Service Residential hiring event on Friday, September 11 


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Staying motivated in a precarious workplace 
                  By Lisa Trudel 
The ability to stay motivated when looking for work has become one of the most critical skills for all job-seekers.  It is just as essential as knowing how to use social media, how to customize your resume to pass applicant tracking systems, how to communicate your enthusiasm at job interviews and how to select appropriate references. 

It is not necessarily a new skill since job searching has always been demanding.  Talk with any job seeker from any decade and you will hear that job searching has always been draining and frustrating yet now dissatisfaction has hit an all-time high as the reality of "precarious employment" has been statistically proven.

In February of 2013, United Way Toronto published a ground-breaking Report titled "It's More Than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being" which describes the rise of precarious employment and the emotional toll this reality is taking on job seekers of all ages.

So how do you stay motivated and develop a reasonable self-management strategy for your career? Here are 5 rules to assist job seekers despite the media attention on the word "precarious".  
Believe in yourself
Use the techniques of successful salespeople and find a way to believe that what you are selling has value.  When you are job searching, you are selling yourself and your experience, so convince yourself that you are selling a quality product.  Self-belief is the starting point.
Acknowledge job search time 
It might take you longer than ever before to find employment.  Depending on your age, your occupation, your experience, your education and your networking contacts, it might take 3 months or it might take 6 months. Brace yourself to expect the unexpected when it comes to time.

Become a project manager with a support team
Every job seeker is technically their own Project Manager so borrow the project management approach of never working alone and instead ensure you have a support team to assist you.  TCET staff can assist you with all aspects of employment preparation.  When you have a team to help with your project, or your job search, you might find it easier to stay motivated and achieve the goals you are striving toward.

Stay Healthy
How you take care of yourself while you are job searching can have a big impact on your stress level and daily enthusiasm.  Be watchful of eating nutritious food, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep.  You might want to participate in a sport, yoga or simply walking more instead of driving.  Physical activity of any kind can help to shift your mindset from negative to positive. A healthy body generally leads to a healthy mind.  

Use well-informed and flexible decision-making skills
With precarious employment rising, reviewing decision-making strategies can assist you with your motivation.  In an unpredictable workplace, using a positive uncertainty approach in addition to traditional decision-making skills can be a creative variation and might help you think-outside-the-box.  For example, ask yourself:  Are you focused and flexible about what you want? Are you able to learn to plan, and plan to learn?

Decisions involve taking responsibility and sometimes by learning new alternatives, you can gain new motivation for your job search. 
9 Resume Tips
by Lisa Trudel

According to statistics, recruiters spend an average of only 6 seconds reviewing a resume once it passes the applicant tracking system.  This means that resumes have to win the reader over faster than ever before. The following 9 tips might help you to create a truly winning resume:
1.Include your LinkedIn link or the URL to your professional online profile.
If you don't include URLs to your professional online profiles, hiring managers will look you up regardless.  Over  90% of recruiters admit to reviewing online profiles, so why not include your URL along with your contact information? This will prevent recruiters from having to guess or mistaking you for someone else.
2. Use consistent branding.
If you have a common name, consider including your middle initial on your resume and online professional profiles to differentiate yourself from the competition. For example, decide if you are Mike Johnson, Michael Johnson, or Mike E. Johnson. Then use this name consistently on your resume and LinkedIn page.
3. Use a professional email address.
If your email address is "lovelyoldgal@yahoo" it is time to professionalize your address.  If you want to be taken seriously create an email address that uses your first initial and last name. 
4. Provide company descriptions.
Many potential employers and recruiters want to know the size of the company you used to work for. For example, being a director of a huge company means something very different than a director at a small company.  One of the best things you can do is to add the company website to your resume.
5. Quantify your achievements.
Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role. This can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, or the deals you closed, or the projects you delivered on time or under budget. Potential employers want to read about your profitability and they connect to reading numbers. 
6. Do not include pronouns.
Resumes need to be streamlined so never use the words "I, she, he, etc".   A good rule to remember is to only put adjectives and action verbs on your resume and keep the pronouns for your cover letter. 
7. Do not use headers or footers.
Many applicant tracking systems do not read headers or footers, or embedded tables and charts, as they often gets scrambled in the scanner, so stay clear of them.
8. List formal education and professional development.
Be sure to list all your education apart from traditional learning in University or College settings.  For example, in addition to your University degrees and College diplomas, you can list professional development such as self-directed online learning at free sites including At this site you can obtain a `Diploma in Customer Service` which can help the potential employer understand that you are a dedicated life-long learner.

9. Recognize that resumes are not only about your history.
In the past, resumes were focused on your work history, yet now they are also about where you are going, not only where you have been.  If you want to win the interview, craft the words and accomplishments on your resume in a way that will convince the reader that you should be considered for an interview.  Remember, the objective of your resume is never to get a job.  It is to get a job interview.
Heads Up! Making Ontario's Roads Safer 

The Government of Ontario wants to make conditions safer for everyone travelling on the roads, and the regulations in its Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act aim to do exactly that. The Act addresses road-safety issues in the province through changes that have been made to the Highway Traffic Act. The Heads Up! public awareness campaign complements the Act's changes by promoting the new road rules for drivers and cyclists.
To learn about the act and to see how these changes will affect driving in Ontario visit: NEW ACT
Immigrant Access Fund

An Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) Loan can help if you are a newcomer and struggling to pay for the costs of the Canadian licensing or training you need so you can work in your pre-immigration career. 

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