Next Steps for the Laid Off Apprentice - Part 2
Now that you have gone through the first 3 essential steps, you are ready to look deeper into ways of finding another job.
Contact Community-Based Agencies for Help

Debt Management

Literacy Training

Citizenship & Immigration

Family Services

Stress Management

Employment Assistance (Includes: Case Management, Job Finding Clubs and Employment Resource Centres)

Network, Network, Network

Job seekers must recognize that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and may not be advertised to the public. This is a daunting realization when you are searching for another job or career after a lay off. However, there are many tools available to job seekers looking for a position in our economic climate.

The internet is everywhere and social networking sites are becoming the way to communicate and network more and more. Consider finding blogs, myspace pages, facebook groups or twitter accounts that help you connect with people in similar situations or employers that are possibly hiring. The more you network and meet new people, the better your chances are of finding someone that can help you get a job. 

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Do your Homework

Do you know what Labour Market Information is and how it can help you?

Labour Market Information (LMI) can be broken down in 9 categories, depending on your interest and stage of research. They are: Self Assessment, Skills, Trends, Occupational Information, Industrial Information, Education & Training, Salary, Job Search and Career Management/ Employability *

Self Assessment
- Who am I?

Skills - What do I have and how can I sell them?

Trends - What's New? What's Good?

Occupational Information - What do I want to do?

Industrial Information - What's Happening?

Education & Training

Salary - How Much will I Make?

Job Search - Some Ideas to Help you Search

Career Management/Employability - Where Can I Go From Here?

* Content and breakdown provided by Service Canada, London LMI Unit

Consider Skills and Credential Upgrading

Do you know that most trades require a grade 12 diploma, or equivalent?

The construction trades, governed under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA), only require a grade 10 education to work in the fields. However, many employers are requiring a minimum high school diploma to be considered for a job.

This means in order to stay competitive, its a good idea to either complete your missing high school credits through correspondence or prepare to write your General Educational Development (GED) test. Both can be done through the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), which is Ontario's designated provider of distance education.  

The ILC also has a section called, Career Matters, which provides extensive information on different career paths as well as the skills and education required to work in these occupations.


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