People receiving Employment Insurance (EI) payments are responsible for conducting searches for a new job, documenting their search activities, and reporting the same to Service Canada. In January 2013, the Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs (CCAJ) initiative was introduced to help unemployed people on EI benefits stay connected with available jobs. The initiative is designed…

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An apprenticeship is a valuable means to receive hands-on training to complement the theoretical knowledge gained through schoolwork.  For trades such as carpentry, electrical and plumbing, completion of apprenticeship training is a requirement to obtain certification (journeyman license). Possession of a license increases opportunities and prospects for mobility, while enabling certified tradespeople to train and…

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Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OFPD) is a program designed to help persons with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment or self-employment in Canada. The program supports local, regional and national projects. The eligibility for local and regional projects differ by region and year contingent on…

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Congratulations. You’ve got an interview! As you are preparing for the job interview one of the first things you’ll want to do is review common interview questions. This will help you to use your skills, strengths, accomplishments, and experiences to come up with great answers to wow your future employer. But even after you have…

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When the economy is in the doldrums, many of us look at the silver lining, i.e., to have a job and overlook the negatives associated with the job we hold. When times are better, moving from one job to another becomes a relatively common activity. People change jobs for different reasons; this post will look…

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This is a column by regular contributor Clark. A friend of mine who holds a Masters in International Studies had a dilemma a while back about whether to pursue her dream of getting a doctorate from Switzerland’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies now or take care of immediate concerns and put off the…

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