Employment Workshops

Neighbourhood Link offers a variety of workshops to help prepare for job search. Workshop topics include; fundamentals of computer and the Internet, social media, résumé and cover letter writing, current labour market information, job search techniques and strategies, networking, and interview skills. Workshops are designed to provide practical skills to help clients succeed in obtaining suitable employment.

Clients must pre-register for all workshops. The events calendar on the Employment Services home page list upcoming dates and times at which these workshops are provided.

Computer Basics
This hands-on comprehensive workshop is designed to make beginners comfortable with computer usage; and to set the foundation for making them ready to start an independent job search process. The workshop provides training in areas such as: using the mouse, opening and closing programs, organizing files and creating basic documents. The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with enhanced skills that can be utilized while conducting a job search.

Résumé Theory
This well designed informative workshop is directed to provide the knowledge necessary to prepare an effective résumé. The training covers the basics of résumé writing: résumé structure, formatting and styles; consequently, it is suitable for beginners and also for clients who want to refresh their knowledge about writing a winning résumé. The workshop includes a lot of examples and more complex topics such as: accomplishment statements, matching skills and experience to employers needs, writing style tips and the latest trends in résumé writing.

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Résumé Writing 
The accomplishments that you choose to highlight on your résumé are the linchpin to a great résumé. You need to be aware of your job skills and transferable skills, and the requirements of the employer, but you must also be able to identify the best examples of where you demonstrated that skill or accomplishment. Designed for clients who are familiar with the basic principles of résumé writing, this workshop provides practical knowledge in how to identify and describe accomplishments and achievements to create strong and memorable résumés. Topics included are: identifying your relevant accomplishments, what is an accomplishment statement, how to write and format accomplishment statements.
PREREQUISITE: Résumé Theory

Résumé critique
This session consists of a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an employment counsellor to review a résumé or cover letter, receive tips in how to make it more effective to attain tangible results. Clients receive help on editing and proofreading, document formatting and election of the most appropriate document style.
REQUIREMENT: Bring in a paper copy of your résumé and/or cover letter.
OPTIONAL: Current or past job descriptions, job postings, list of education and training experience, employment history, copy of awards, certificates, and acknowledgements.

How to Access the Hidden Job Market
This workshop is designed to educate participants in how to tap into where 80% of the jobs (not-advertised) are located; and also, to discover ways to enhance the chances of successfully finding an employment position. Tapping into the hidden job market is a unique skill; therefore, participants in the workshop receive training in networking techniques, take suggestions in how to establish new employer contacts; and learn how to ask the right questions in order to develop future employment contacts

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Job Searching with Social Media: LinkedIn
This is an interactive workshop for clients who are familiar with LinkedIn but need to expand their knowledge in how to use it more effectively in order to create a professional online presence, strong online identity and professional networking connections to support their job search process. Guidelines and practical drills are included in the training.
REQUIREMENT: Client must have a LinkedIn account.

Job Works
This one-week intensive program is designed to help clients enhance their job search skills. Clients will learn what transferable skills are, how to write a cover letter and résumé, how to be successful during the interview process, how to network to gain access to the hidden job market and how to job search using social media.

Interview Theory
Human communication is the best example of interactive communication; therefore, this workshop is designed to assist job applicants to feel confident during a job interview; and consequently, to improve their chances of getting hired. Through discussion of relevant topics and development of practical activities, the workshop provides clients the information needed for proper action planning and interview preparation, as well as, the opportunity to ask questions and share their previous interview experiences

Interview Practice (Mock Interviews)
This interactive workshop is suitable for clients who are already familiar with interview basics. By answering some of the most common types of interview questions, the participants are able to, within a supportive and friendly environment, practice and develop their interviewing skills and receive constructive feedback to build ascending confidence in their job interview performance.
PREREQUISITE: Interview Theory

Legal Aid Clinic
This is a one-on-one 15-minute consultation with a Lawyer to receive guidance in relation to Tenant issues, Immigration, Social Assistance, Canadian Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Human Rights, and Employment Rights. Please have your questions prepared prior to this appointment.

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Youth Works
Youth Works is a twelve-week pre-employment program for young men and women who are out of school or out of work and are looking for employment. During the first four weeks of the program, clients participate in a variety of workshops such as; job search, life skills, résumé and cover letter writing as well as interview skills. Clients are paid while attending, receive one-on-one support, help in obtaining a two-month work placement, WHIMS, CPR and First Aid certifications.

To qualify for this program, youth must be:
  • 18  to 30 years old
  • out of school with high school diploma or less
  • eligible to work in Canada
  • unemployed
  • not receiving Employment Insurance (EI)
  • available to attend the program, Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Interested individuals MUST register and attend a screening session to qualify. Please call 416-691-7407 and ask for Michael.

Employment Essentials:

New Knowledge, New Steps for Newcomers
This is a six-week essential skills program for new and not-so-new immigrants to help navigate the Canadian job market. Participants will work with an Employment Counsellor to develop a program that fits their needs and gives them the experience to navigate the path to employment. Activities range from language and communication skills to computer and internet use. Goals and ambitions will be examined. Participants will engage in field trips, vocational assessments, job search activities, professional networking to learn about labour market trends and Canadian business culture.

To qualify for this program, youth must be:
  • a recipient of Ontario Works
  • have a minimum LINC level of 4
  • motivated to explore steps to reach your career goals in the Canadian market
  • available to attend program hours of Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Moving Forward
This is an eight-week essential skills program offered in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for people facing roadblocks to work-life balance (i.e. stress, interpersonal relationships, mood, feelings of anxiety and/or depression). The Moving Forward program offers; career exploration, computer training, job search skills and techniques, workplace success strategies, life coping and management strategies, health and wellness, and individual counselling support throughout. A program facilitator will work collaboratively with participants to create an individualized program plan outlining steps toward personal, health and work goals.

To qualify for this program, youth must be:
  • a recipient of Ontario Works
  • at least 18 years of age
  • looking for support to manage health barriers and in the process of seeking and maintaining employment
  • available to attend program hours of Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 3:00pm