February 2016
Scheduled Events & Information Sessions

Commissioner of Oaths Services

Commissioner of Oaths services are available by appointment at all Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) locations for affidavits, declarations, oaths, attestations and true copies of original documents.

For more information contact: nic@tcet.com
Over 45 and Looking for Work?
"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great." Les Brown

A friend wanted to go back to school at age 35.  She procrastinated because she thought if she went back now, she would be 45 by the time she finished. After we determined how old she would be in 10 years if she did not go back, she agreed that she would still be 45 and it was much better to be 45 with a degree than 45 without one.  Being over 45 and looking for another job is also time consuming and hard work but it can be done. There is also tons of assistance out there to help you.

An aging population, low birth rate and growing economy are all reasons the skilled workforce is declining. Not only for fiscal reasons but even in 2015, CPP and self-funded pension schemes, RRSPs and savings can fall short in providing a comfortable retirement. Many Canadians will be working well past the infamous age of 65. This means many of us will be looking for work well after the age of 45.

Looking for work when you are getting older every year gets harder and harder. What's needed is the ability to work smarter, not harder, with patience and diligence. The older you are the longer it takes to find a job. Gone are the days of finding work in weeks after a layoff or downsizing. So how do you step up your job search and career when you still have many good working years ahead of you?  

In 2016, for the first time ever, 4 generations of individuals are in the labour force at the same time: Generation X, the over 50, Millennium agers, and Baby Boomers and we will need to respect and appreciate the differences and contributions of all age groups if we want to have a harmonious and economically strong work force. Experienced workers bring much to the work world. Don't get discouraged.

Even though it seems like employers will be overlooking you based on your attachment to a greying population, try to focus on the experience you have, not your age.  Here are a few suggestions to help you overcome preconceived ageism and actually present yourself as a benefit to employers.
Though it doesn't feel like it some days, you do have much to contribute and value to bring to the work force.
  • Older workers are more reliable, committed to their jobs and have a stronger work ethic than their younger counter parts
  • Older workers don't have childcare issues. Their families are grown so they have more concentrated time to spend on work.
  • Experienced workers have been labeled experienced for a reason. They have experimented with life, they're knowledgeable and have gained practical experience.  They know what works and what doesn't - saving employers valuable time.
Another option for the experienced job seeker is to look at the situation in another way.  Now is the time to try something new or that you've always wanted to try; to consult, to teach, to mentor, work part time or have your own small business.  Go back to school or train for something totally different.

Look at the big picture. Rethink your relationship to money and lifestyle. Maybe phased in retirement is the way to go, maybe a move is in order, or ponder multi-income streams (several ways of generating an income such as taking in a border, owning a vending machine, teaching night school or consulting on the side).

Be a mentor and give back, or get a mentor and think of your situation as a new beginning, not the ending of your productivity.

For more suggestions, help and support check out the TCET locations for assistance from a career specialist. They can help you put together an action plan. You are never too old to get help.  Don't go it alone.

Still not getting the attention you want with your job search?
  • Emphasize your qualifications, not your age, leaving out dates on education, and not revealing 30 years worth of experience and work history.
  • Transferrable skills become more important than ever. Use them to display your flexibility and experience.
  • Look more energetic, enthusiastic and up to date. Be upbeat and show an interest in newness, technology and change. Get a makeover, and make sure to update your glasses, hair style and accessories.  Take some classes on the latest technology and social media techniques for job searching.
  • Convey achievements and physical stamina if the job is physical or emphasize anything recent you have learned.
  • Stress good attendance and teamwork with younger co-workers and supervisors. Remove "back in my day" phrases.
  • Market your energy, commitment, accomplishments, and results.
Most importantly, never lose your sense of humour.  It's your most valuable asset at this age. You can't turn back time, so use it to your advantage.

Written By: Shelley Lowe
Eighty-Eight Days of Hiring You Can't Miss

It's a new year and to celebrate 2016, the Centre for Education & Training's Employment Services Program has initiated several opportunities to inspire and help our clients to prepare for their job, look for a job, find a job and keep their jobs.
Our Hire-A-Thon Campaign, has a series of weekly hiring events at all of our locations. 

These upcoming hiring events, job fairs and special guest speaker workshops have been designed to assist you in your job search. So take advantage and log into our website: www.tcet.com/job -  you will see posted, all our upcoming hiring events, our workshop calendars, and addresses for all locations, plus other relevant information.

NEW Legal Aid Ontario Mobile App

This app permits potential legal aid clients to self-assess for financial eligibility for legal aid certificates. 

Legal aid certificates are just one of the range of services that Legal Aid Ontario offers for Ontarians. 

Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange

The Woodgreen Community Services in collaboration with the City of Toronto has announced a program called H.O.M.E (Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange) to match refugees with housing, furniture, clothes and other services donated by individuals and companies. Refugees, sponsors, landlords or donors must register for access to H.O.M.E online. You can find more about the program on the Woodgreen website 
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