Newcomer Youth Job Fair

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Are you a newcomer, age 15-30? Are you looking for work?
Connect with employers at CultureLink’s Newcomer Youth Job Fair!

Friday October 7, 2022, 10am-2pm

CultureLink Children and Youth Centre
3535 Dundas Street West (at Jane Street)
Toronto

 

 

We are welcoming FIVE employers with job openings.

  • Tim Hortons is hiring bakers and crew members who serve the coffee and baked items to customers, at 20 locations in the Toronto area.
  • Freshco (3400 Dundas Street West location) is hiring grocery clerks, cashiers, stock shelves, and produce clerks.
  • Canadian Tire (2129 St. Clair Avenue West location) is hiring retail sales clerks, cashiers and customer service representatives.
  • Roots (45 Gunns Road location) is hiring retail sales clerks.
  • Old Navy (1980 St. Clair Avenue West location) is hiring retail sales clerks.

At the job fair you will introduce yourself to employers, and submit your resume. You may be hired right away!

 

Do you need help to prepare for the job fair?
CultureLink’s Youth Employment Skills program is offering two workshops, to help you prepare.

  • Resume preparation – Thursday September 29, 2022, 7-8pm
    At this online workshop you will learrn the basics of preparing your resume. After the workshop, you may sign up to have expert advice to create a resume, or to improve your resume. We will also print your resume for the job fair. Register to receive the Zoom link.
  • “Mock Interviews” – Friday September 30, 2022, 3:45-6pm
    At this in-person event, you will learn what kind of questions to expect in a job interview, what vocabulary employers use, and  how to present yourself. You will practice answering questions in a friendly, low-stress environment, and get feedback from experienced staff. We also help you prepare references – people a prospective employer can contact, to find out about you.

And there’s more!  We will have door prizes and Thanksgiving gift bags for registered participants.

 

To attend the job fair, please register in advance by filling out the registration form.
We will follow up with you to find out what help you need.

Contact Selina Tejani for more information at stejani@culturelink.ca or 647-831-0250.

Don’t delay – sign up today!

 

 

 

 

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OTF Grant to Improve Capacity

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CultureLink has been reviewing and updating core processes to improve the capacity of the organization.

Marketing was involved in the creation of Brand Guidelines, as part of the investment in the development of a more cohesive image for the organization that will help us preserve the friendliness and expertise of our brand visually, for further growth, awareness and recognition.

The project also included a variety of assessments used to measure the technical abilities of all our staff. This collection of data was then applied to customize a series of training sessions in which we reviewed the most critical functions of our digital tools and empower employees to use them efficiently.

Both projects and additional work was possible with the Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Thank you!

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— The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Mercer-CultureLink Newcomer Internship 2022

CultureLink Mentorship Program

CultureLinks Community Connections Mentorship Program presents a new edition of the Mercer-CultureLink Newcomer Internship, a six-month professional internship for a newcomer, offered by Mercer Canada.

The internship will take place from October 2022 to March 2023, and the expected salary is approximately $5,000 per month.

The ideal candidate for this internship has the following characteristics:

  • Is Landed Immigrant or Convention Refugee
  • Is 19 years or older
  • Holds an MBA or a Degree in Science, Engineering or Actuary
  • Has consulting experience

To apply, send your resume by September 9, 2022.

Send your resume via email to:

Rubina: rafsar@culturelink.ca, Victor: vgomes@culturelink.ca or Eman: eatawy@culturelink.ca

Your Cybersecurity Career Starts Here

CultureLink Cybersecurity Training Program

On May 31st, our CultureLink Cybersecurity Training Program started yet another cohort with 13 new students.

The training is divided in two parts. The first part, called Canadian Career Development, is a 5-day workshop that assists students with the job search process and introduces them to the Canadian workplace culture. Participants learn to build a resume and cover letter that fit the job market, and equips them with the skills to succeed in job interviews.

Before they move on to the second part of the training, students have also expanded their knowledge on the cybersecurity field: the types of job opportunities, the demand and supply in the market and the skills employers require.

Professional Development

On June 3rd, as the first part of the training was coming to a close, all students participated of a Professional Development / Networking Event with June Leung and Eric Halliwell from Moneris.

These events give students the opportunity to get insights from experts in the field.

Our guests spoke about the various roles within the cybersecurity field, and explained in detail the main functions of each of them, giving participants a better understanding of possible pathways.

They focus of their presentation was Identity Assessment Management and talked about the benefits of working in this area of Cybersecurity:

  1. It is not highly technical, meaning you don’t necessarily need a degree in the field, but you must understand the key concepts, participate in continuous learning and always ask questions.
  2. You can transfer skills from previous job to help you transition.
  3. It is very rewarding to know you are building enterprise solutions and can see the results on the achievements of the different users.
  4. It provides a healthy work-life balance.

Our guests also reinforced some of the things students had reviewed during the first week of the training, and added more as a reminder:

  • The importance of a LinkedIn Profile as it helps to showcase who you are as a professional. It attracts employers to you if open to working opportunities. 
  • The importance of good communication skills. 
  • The importance of having a good resume and how this will set you apart from other applicants. 
  • The importance of networking, both in and out of the field. This helps expand your exposure to different individuals who could potentially help you on your path in this field. 
  • The importance of continuous learning.

As always, we thank our guests for taking the time to speak to our students and giving them a broader vision of the many opportunities in the Cybersecurity industry.

After this event, our participants were more than ready to start the next stage of the training, where they will prepare for the ITCA Certificate.

Visit our Cybersecurity Training Program Events page for upcoming information sessions and program dates.

The Right Place at the Right Time

CultureLink Mentorship News, Uncategorised

Serendipity is defined as an event where a person finds something pleasant or valuable that they were not looking for. Is it luck? Fate? Call it what you might, it happens. It could be an unexpected call or text from someone dear, finding a object that brings back memories or a coin on the floor in your daily commute. Serendipity is waking up to the first snowfall, a present waiting for you on your desk at work or a friend with an extra ticket for a show you wanted to go to.

For Arwa, serendipity happened when she walked into the Toronto Reference Library at Bloor and Yonge. This was in 2017, only year after she arrived with her three kids from Syria. In her visit to the library she found a group of people talking about Canada. As she got closer, she could hear the different accents from members of the group, it felt right, like she belonged there. The group leader approached her and invited her to join.

The group was one of CultureLink’s Citizenship Education Circles, which before COVID used to meet in libraries across the city. The Discovery Canada book that prospect citizens are expected to study from is very hard to read for someone who’s first language is not English. The program prepares newcomers for the Citizenship test by going over the book and explaining all the important names and events. These details are easy to remember from stories, jokes, quizzes and a lot of conversation facilitated by our staff and volunteers. In Arwas’s words: “Its like sitting with friends. They made me feel that is normal to have difficulty reading in English, and corrected my pronunciation”.

In 2021 Arwa was finally eligible and ready to submit her Citizenship application. It took a few months, but the invitation to take the test arrived and she sat down to take it in March 2022. “It was easy! I finished in under 10 minutes” she said. She passed it a with 18/20, and it would have been a perfect score had she not forgotten to unmark two questions she had selected for review. She knew all the answers, and credits the preparation and support she received for that.

Arwa is now a Citizenship Education Circle graduate and her only regret is not having found that group earlier. Not only did it help her pass the test, she also improved her reading (from level 3 to level 8) and made friends in the other newcomer participants, the volunteers and our staff. But her relationship with CultureLink doesn’t end there. During the pandemic, her children were struggling with homework and she turned to us for help. One of our settlement workers referred her to a tutoring service and now a employment counsellor is helping her with her resume.

A newcomer family is well on their way to a happy new Canadian life, all because Arwa happened to walk into the library on a day when one our groups was having a session. How different would her story be if she hadn’t?