What is the new normal for job search?

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Sandy Vandermeulen

For months we have talked about COVID…the potential impact on our health, months of social isolation from loved ones, restrictions on non-essential travel, and long-term unemployment. While many of us thought in March it would only last a few weeks, here we are 5 months later with still many restrictions in place. With long-term uncertainty and the various stages of businesses reopening, it has been challenging both supporting and advising job seekers on how to cope with the pandemic. Here are the things we know for sure:

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Keep up with Job Search Trends

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Sandy Vandermeulen

While the majority of job seekers are knowledgeable about employer expectations, the job search process itself can be confusing. Different resume versions, online applications, and a LinkedIn account can serve as a source of frustration. In this age of technology, the job search process has become less personal, with selection sometimes being based on algorithms and human resource software specifications.

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A Gig Economy Survival Guide

Written by Anthony Berardi: Edited by Jean Giroux & Sandy Vandermeulen

The gig economy is not new, but it is gaining in popularity.  The reasons for its growth according to a June 2018 US based Forbes article(1) are:

  • There is a growing “education gap”.
  • Attitudes toward work are changing.Workers want more freedom with their schedules, and work location.
  • Employers are utilizing freelancers more often due to cost savings.
  • Technology has advanced, and costs have come down making hardware, software and connectivity more affordable.
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A Lil Piece of EPC History

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Carolyn Powles

As I celebrate 25 years working at EPC, I am amazed at how quickly the time has gone by. Starting twelve years after the organization opened its’ doors, I was present for a significant transition whereby our youth employment counselling center became a one-stop resource for job seekers of all ages. However, his story is not about me or EPC but instead focused on the founder of this progressive, client-centered not-for-profit organization, Bill O’Byrne. If you don’t believe that one person can make a dramatic impact on an entire community, I urge you to read on.

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12 Tips for Job Search, COVID Taught to Me…

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited by Sandy Vandermeulen

Gearing up for the holiday season often includes enjoying some of our favorite Christmas songs. It is an understatement to say “this has been a very long year”. In the spirit of the season, we are going to pay a light-hearted tribute to the “Twelve Days of Christmas” theme outlining what we have learned in the past nine months. Hope you enjoy!

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Take Time to Create Your Own Path

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited by Sandy Vandermeulen

For many people, the need to change careers may be imposed upon them. Company downsizing and positions becoming obsolete may result in job seekers feeling the pressure to retrain. Whether it is continuous education classes or more formal post-secondary diploma or degree programs, it is undeniable that lifelong learning is now a survival skill in today's competitive marketplace.

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How to Get and Keep a Job: Recommendations from Employers

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Sandy Vandermeulen

We would like to start by thanking representatives from Goldwin Metal Products Ltd., Nordia, Peterborough Humane Society, Peterborough Trent Valley Honda, Crayola, The Keg Steakhouse and Kawartha Guard Service for attending EPC’s 2018 Career Week Employer Panel session. This well-attended event provided tips to job seekers regarding employer expectations in the areas of job prerequisites, the application process and desired traits in a new employee. By using this checklist of employer recommendations, it will help you stay on the right track when trying to stand out as a preferred job candidate to both get and keep the job.

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