People with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in the workforce. Almost four million Canadians live with a chronic health condition or health-related problem – that’s about one in every seven Canadians. Many are unemployed, or underemployed working in jobs below their education and skill levels – an issue called ‘mal-employment’ by former Ontario cabinet minister Dr. Marie Bountrogianni.
She wrote the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) which came into effect June 2005, mandating that owners need to make their businesses accessible by 2025. She recently published a piece in the Huffington Post updating Ontario’s progress. She wrote that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities in Ontario is 16 per cent (Canadian Survey on Disability). Read More
After completing summer training courses and exercises, approximately 4,600 job seekers from the Canadian Primary Reserves have returned with refined skills in communication, leadership, and time management.
Ex-military member Wes O’Donnell considers veterans as “the best-kept secret in business.” On LinkedIn, he wrote about their creative and calm performance under extreme pressure, leadership experiences at many levels, unwavering integrity, and determination to achieve goals. Read More
Every new graduate stumbles upon one (or probably many) attractive, entry-level job postings in their desired field of work. These positions offer networking opportunities, provide coaching and mentoring, and promote continuous learning through on-the-job training. Scroll to the ‘requirements’ section and they read one to three years of relevant experience required.
This is the ‘no experience, no job’ cycle. Read More
Don’t overlook the value of customer service experience. While employers may focus on related work experience, they also want soft skills from recent graduates as well.
For many recent grads, the bulk of their resumé belongs in the customer service industry.
Jobs at movie theatres, department stores, supermarkets, fast-food restaurants…even gigs delivering pizzas or newspapers (you’ll soon find out why!) teach soft skills. But, these customer service roles are only valuable during a job search if the employer recognizes these skills, or the job seeker clearly displays them on the resumé. Read More
Today marks the official start of LGBT Pride Month in Canada, a time when Career Edge would like to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in hiring practices, and its value to organizations. But what is diversity? What is inclusion?
Diversity: the range of differences among an organization’s people
Inclusion: the act or practice of supporting an organization’s diverse people
Companies valuing diversity respect and appreciate differences in ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, education, and religion. Inclusive companies equitably support a diverse workforce by ensuring corporate culture, work environment, and business practices enable individuals to reach their full potential. Read More
Does your organization or team lack a competitive edge?
Need someone disciplined and reliable, who can work in a fast-paced, pressure-filled environment with time management skills? Someone who can adapt on-the-fly and has experience managing teams through leadership and instructional experiences? A quick-thinker and quick-learner who can follow instructions and accept constructive criticism with a positive attitude? Someone who can seamlessly integrate into your organization or team to provide that competitive edge?
Project Manager David Calconi, C.D., has served as a Reservist for over 18 years. He recognizes the value they offer to employers.
Golden Gate Bridge. Comic-Con. Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Caesars Palace. Central Park.
With less than two months before the contest closing date, you can still earn a chance to visit one of these attractions by making an impact.
As an extra incentive to join the ongoing Hire 150 Interns project and accept the challenge, Career Edge is offering any organization – new or current – signing up to hire an intern between January 1 and June 30, an entry to win a trip courtesy of the HRPA. Read More
Canada’s largest bilingual National Career Development Conference will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, making this conference one that you do not want to miss! Join 800 of your peers to exchange information and explore innovative approaches in career development.
Delegates will be informed and inspired by four game-changing keynotes:
- Spencer Niles, Dean & Professor, School of Education, The College of William and Mary
- Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange
- The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Wab Kinew, Writer, Journalist, Honourary Truth and Reconciliation Commission Witness