A. Create your own "calling card". Use your name, your [[#|cell phone]] number, and your email address. Do not use information that is too personal, but make your card reflect your personality and/or your profession or interests to help your network of people remember who you are and what you are looking for !

B. One Page Resume: Keep an ongoing portfolio of your education, experience, transferrable skiills, courses, hobbies, and samples of your work. From this portfolio or history of your life, draw enough pertinent information from it to make a one page resume to match the task that you are selling yourself for. You even need this page to apply for volunteeropportunities.

Cover Letter:


Dear Madam / Sir,

Please accept the following resume as an application for the volunteer position of _.

I am .... (match your skills to their requirements in the posting that you copied from Volunteer MBC) ...

I look forward to hearing from you to arrange a personal interview. References are available on request.

Yours truly,


C. Volunteer: Do it.
There are many websites out there to help you find volunteer postings ... even for professionals !

Volunteer Opportunities at Knight's Table > Peel Region's only "Soup Kitchen"
Stephanie 905-454-8725
287 Glidden Road, Unit 4 (Glidden & Kennedy, Brampton, On L6W 1H9)

Career Exploration:

Job Postings:

Essential Skills:

Job Profiles:

100 Interview Questions:





Working in Canada (35 million population)

By Nehru September 2014

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Join ALL the dots with 4 straight lines without lifting your pencil.

Hint: "Think outside of the box"

Why can't you solve this problem ? Your mind wants to stay safe and secure.

What are the barriers you face when you are looking for employment in Canada?
Obstacles for hiring foreign-trained workers ?
Identify your barriers: Start by learning the language !

66% > Language Difficulties
53% > Difficulties Assessing Foreign Credentials (people are coming from 194 different countries around the world)
53% Lack of Canadian Experience (start by working as a volunteer !
  • Google www.CharityVillage.com,
  • Co-op programs once you get Level 6 English
  • Bridge the Gap Program: http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/working/experience/
  • Mentoring Programs > Access Employment, Centre Francophone, COSTI, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, Humber College, JobStart, JVS Toronto, Malton Neighbourhood Services, community MicroSkills Development Centre, Seneca College, Sheridan college, Skills for Change
38% > Difficult to recruit abroad (58 % workers have more than highschool in Canada, Now it takes 3 years to establish yourself in Canada, continue to train yourself continuously, forever to keep up with technology, etc.)
37% > cultural differences (don't let it happen, that's discrimination)
23% > No major obstacles
13% >Security concerns
Percentage of the population aged 25-64 with completed post secondary education, 1999 (Canada
ranked #2, #1 Finland, Sweden, Norway, free education, not industrial. India and China, emerging giants. In all industrial countries, Canada is #1, Highly trained, highly educated. raise the bar to compete.)

Ontario is tougher than other provinces to find jobs.
Unemployment May 2014 Saskatchewan 4.9%, Ontario 7.8%, Alberta 4.9%, BC 6.2%, Quebec 8%, NB 10.2 %, NS. 9.0%, PEI 12.2 %, NFLD 12%

Unemployment 2014
Canada decreasing, but Ontario increasing because Ontario isn't doing well. Hamilton is doing better than Canada generally. Are you willing to travel ?

Alberta > Tim Horton's $14./hour, minimum wage is $9.00 but not enough workers there.

Regina 3.4
Saskatoon 4.2
Victoria 5.2
Quebec 5.0
Calgary 5.2
Brantford 5.1
Barrie 5.2
Edmonton 5.4
Winnipeg 5.9
Ottawa 6.8
Thunder Bay 5.8
St John's 5.9
Oshawa 5.9

About Ontario's Bridge Training Programs
The Ontario government supports programs that can help newcomers get their license or certificate In their profession or trade so that they can work in Ontario.

these programs have been put together by employers, colleges and universities, occupational regulatory bodies, and community organizations. They are called 'Bridging Programs.' Each Bridging program is different and may provide you with:

Checklist of Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are skills that you can take with you from one situation to another, from onejob to another. The skills below are important to employers. Which ones do you have?

Communicate: Speak and/or write well and get your ideas across to other easily.
Interpret: Look at things and make sense of them, figure out what makes things work,why there is a problem, etc.
Analyze: Break a problem down to see what is really going on.
Creativity: Use your imagination to come up with new ideas or to solve problems.
Order Goods/Supplies: Keep track of items and how to order them.
Decision Making: Make good judgements about what to do in a difficult situation, even when the supervisor is not present.
Adapt to Situations: Learn a new task and/or work in a different area with different co- workers.
Explain: Tell others why you do certain things they way you do or why you think the way you do.
Think Ahead: Plan your day and keep problems/accidents from happening.
Calculate Numbers: Use a calculator, cash register or computer to answer numerical questions.
Operate Equipment: Turn equipment on and off as well as how to use it safely and wisely. (If you don't know how to operate certain things, you always ask for help.)
Record Data: Write thorough and accurate notes/numbers.
Set Goals: Set goals for yourself to achieve and plan ways to achieve them.
Learn Quickly: Do new things and carry out new responsibilities easily by watching other or by following instructions.
Confident: Believe in and feel good about yourself.
Pleasant: Nice person for others to talk to and be with.
Energetic: Lots of energy to use at work and at play.
Helpful: Enjoy helping people solve their problems.
Trustworthy: Can be trusted to get the job done, to look after things or keep secrets that are very important to other people.
Efficient: Perform tasks in the fastest and simplest ways that they can be done.
Organize: Arrange people/plan events/put things in order so that they run smoothly.
Delegate: Assign tasks to others to complete.
Assemble Products: Put things together with your hands.
Take Instructions: Follow instructions well, ask questions when you do not fully understand instructions.
Motivate Others: Help keep others' spirits up and encourage them to do their best.
Service Customers: Be friendly, patient and polite with customers and try your best to service their needs/wants.
Dependable: Can be counted on to do what you said you would do (i.e. show up for work on time, do your job duties well, etc).
Flexible: Can carry out many different responsibilities, sometimes with very little advanced notice.
Self-assured: Feel very confident and positive about yourself and your abilities.
Supervise: Watch others to make sure that everything is ok and/or that they are doing their jobs well.
Time Management: Plan your time so that you don't forget to do things, you're almost always/always on time, and you know how to prioritize and give yourself enough time to do the things that you need to do.M
Trouble-shoot: Figure out what the problem is, why there is a problem, or prevent a problem before it happens.
Handle Complaints: Deal effectively with complaints made by customers or constructive criticism from your employer.
Listen: Listen/pay attention to what others are saying, without daydreaming or forming judgement about them.
Considerate: Always think about how others may feel about things, especially before you say or do things that my affect them.
Punctual: Always on time for things.
Loyal: Committed and devoted to things/people that mean a lot to you (i.e. your best friend, your job/supervisor).
Precise: Make sure that things are done accurately, correctly and exactly.
Resourceful: Thing of new, creative and different ways to do things when there are no obvious solutions available.

Dream Jobs



Small Business

Business Plan:
1. Start with your idea. Make a name for your company
2. Describe what product or service your company will provide.
3. How will you provide this product or service ?
4. Who are your competitors ?
5. Who are your clients ?
6. How will you advertise your product to your clients ?
7. Make a simple budjet. What do you need ? Rent ? Tools ? Materials ?
8. Write down 3 questions that you ask "Small Business Centre" tomorrow on our Field Trip.

25 Occupations Showing Signs of Skills Shortages

Managers in Engineering, Architecture, Science & Info Systems
Managers in Health, Education, Social and Community Services
Managers in Construction and Transportation
Auditors, Accountants and Investment Professionals
Human Resources and Business Service Professionals
Professional Occupations in Natural and Applied Sciences
Physical Science Professionals
Life Science Professionals
Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineers
Other Engineers
Professional Occupations in Health
Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians
Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and
Treating Professionals
Pharmacists, Dietitians and Nutritionists
Therapy and Assessment Professionals
Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses
Technical and Related Occupations in Health
Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)
Technical Occupations in Dental Health Care
Other Technical Occupations In Health Care (Except Dental)
Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers
Supervisors, Mining, Oil and Gas
Underground Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers and Related Workers
Supervisors in Manufacturing
Supervisors, Processing Occupations

20 Occupations Showing Signs of Labour Surplus

Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities
Clerical Supervisors
Clerical Occupations
Clerical Occupations, General Office Skills
Office Equipment Operators
Finance and Insurance Clerks
Mail and Message Distribution Occupations
Secondary & Elementary Teachers and Counsellors
Sales and Service Supervisors
Occupations in Food and Beverage Services
Tour & Recreational Guides and Amusement Occupations
Other Attendants in Travel, Accommodation and Recreation
Technical Occupations in Personal Service
Other Occupations in Personal Service
Butchers & Bakers
Upholsterers, Tailors, Shoe Repairers, Jewellers and Related Occupations
Fishing Vessel Masters and Skippers and Fishermen/Women
Machine Operators & Related Workers in Metal and Mineral Products Processing
Machine Operators & Related Workers in Pulp & Paper Production and Wood Processing

From CIBC World Markets Newsletter - December 2012

ESL Lilbrary.com

Mini Debates > Employee Tracking

Pre-Reading Warm Up Questions

1. Can you explain the idiom, "Keep track of" ?
2. What do you think employee tracking means?
3. Do you think that many companies have problems with their employees using the Internet, cell-phones, e-mail, etc. for personal use during office hours ?
4. If employers have this problem, what do you think they can do to solve it ?
5. Do you know what it means to submit a travel expense to an employer ?
6. What does a civil rights group do ?


Employers can now use technology to watch over their employees' email, Internet use, telephone calls, and job-related travel.

The British company FollowUs is one of a number of companies that help business keep track of their employees, their vehicles, and their merchandise.

Businesses can use this tracking information to operate more efficiently. For example, a business that delivers goods can have more flexible delivery schedules and one that employs sales staff or trades people can provide better customer service.

Employees are tracked through their cell phones, using a computer with an Internet connection. Their phone acts as a mobile electronic device and the service provider's Web site can locate its approximate location

More and moire businesses are interested in using cell-pone tracking technology. Since starting up in 2003, FollowUs had gained 50,000 subscribers by 2005 and was adding 5,000 more each month. VeriLocation, another British company had 60,000 subscribers as of 2005.

Most of these subscribers are small businesses wanting to reduce their operating costs. They do this by checking that employees take the shortest route to a job, that they are actually on the job when they are supposed to be, and that they submit accurate travel expense claims for each job.

A British civil rights group known as Liberty believes that the sue of electronic tracking may threaten employees' rights to privacy. However, a spokesperson for FollowUs says this is not true because tracking companies must obey strict government regulations. Employees must agree to have their phones tracked, and every phone that is tracked must give out random alerts so that employees know their phone tracking device is still operating.

Even though employees must agree to being tracked, some people believe they may lose their job if they don't agree.

Liberty is working to ensure that employers continue to comply with these regulations.


1. What are some employers now doing to watch over their employees ?
2. Name two companies that provide this kind of service.
3. Why are companies subscribing to these services ?
4. What is the main concern of the civil rights group, Liberty, regarding these services ?
5. How does the company, FollowUs, respond to this concern?

Vocabulary Review

A. Match the words on the left with the correct meaning on the right.
1. vehicles a) lower, lessen
2. merchandise b) do as one is told; comply with rules or orders
3. efficiently c) able to be moved
4. flexible d) warning
5. mobile e) cars
6. subscribers f) correct
7. reduce g) doe well and without wasting time
8. accurate h) done by chance, without a specific order or time
9. threaten i) goods or products for sale
10. obey j) people who agree to take a service
11. random k) can change easily
12. alert l) about; near to
13. approximate m) make a sign of danger to come

B. Choose the right word(s) from the left column above to complete the following sentences.

1. Our city newspaper has over 100,000 ----.
2. A lot of the store --- goes on sale after Christmas.
3. A soldier in the army must --- his officer's orders.
4. The main shopping street is closed to --- today because there is a street fair taking place all afternoon. The street is only open to pedestrians.
5. The robber planned to use a gun to --- the bank employee if she wouldn't give him the money right away.


Below are two topics to debate in small groups or pairs.
Your teacher will tell you if you will be debating for or against the idea.
You will have ten minutes to prepare your arguments.

Topic #1: Employee tracking is an effective management tool and leads to increased productivity and efficiency for companies.

Topic #2: There is no reason for an employee who is working efficiently in the work-place to feel threatened by tracking devices.


Work with a partner or in small groups. Discuss the following questions.
1. Do you think many employees use the Internet for personal use during office hours ? What do you think they use the Internet for ? How much office time tdo you think is wasted o this everyday?
2. Do you think employers should have the right to read all employees' emails that are written during office hours ?
3. Do you think many employees submit false or exaggerated travel expense claims to their employers ?
4. Do you think employee tracking leads to a loss of trust between employees and employers ? If so, what is a more effective way of motoring employees' use of time ?
5. If your employer asked you to agree to have your cell phone tracked, would you do so ? Why or why not ?


Choose one of the questions above and write a paragraph stating your own opinion.

Brainteasers for [[#|ESL Classes]]
By Shaney
(1) One if the alarm has no a.m. or p.m. setting. (2) He is still alive. (3) The match. (4) All of them. (5) One hour. (6) White as this house can only be built at the north pole. (7) Half way. After that he is running out of the woods. (8) A half-dollar and a nickel. (One is not a nickel, the other is.) (9) Nine. (10) 70. (11) Two applies. (12) No, as the person who made the coin could not know that it was 46 years before the birth of Christ. (13) The beggar is a woman. (14) Moses did not take any animals aboard an ark. (15) No, as he would be dead. (16) Smoke from an electric train? (17) Never. AS the tide rises, so does the boat, and so does the ladder attached to the boat. (18) Same number on each side. (19) One. (20) You want to bury the survivors?

ESL Library.com Mini Debates > Employee Tracking
Answer Key
1. Some employers are now using cell-phone tracking technology to watch over their employees' email, Internet use, telephone calls, and job related travel.
2. FollowUs and VeriLocation are two companies offering businesses such tracking technology.
3. Companies are subscribing to tracking services in order to help reduce their operating costs.
4. Liberty believes that the use of electronic tracking may threaten employees' rights to privacy.
5. FollowUs says this is not true because tracking companies must obey strict government regulations. Employees must agree to have their phones tacked, and every phone that is tracked must give out random alerts so that employees know their phone tracking device is still operating.

A. Match the words: 1.e, 2.i, 3.g, 4.k, 5.c, 6.j, 7.a, 8.f, 9.m, 10.b, 11.h, 12.d, 13.l
B. Choose the correct word: 1. subscribers, 2. merchandise, 3. obey 4. vehicles, 5. threaten