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As an Employment Ontario service provider, we offer free services, programs and resources to help job seekers identify, prepare for and attain suitable, sustainable employment. For more information on how we can help you with your job search, contact us today.

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Job Seeker Success Story

Job search support for any age

Client:Samudri
Goal: Short-term goal of working in security
Challenge: Lack of credentials; discouragement due to age
Support offered: One-on-one coaching, resume and cover letter support

“Anybody searching for a job should attend VPI”

– Samudri, former job seeker

Situation

Samudri is a foreign trained professional with years of experience. After the end of a recent job contact, she was left without an income. To help her get her finances back on track, she set a short-term career goal of finding a job in the security industry.

She was having difficulty getting an interview due to her lack of industry experience and felt discouraged starting in a new industry at an older age.

Samudri came to VPI for help with her job search. She met with one of our expert Career Specialists encouraged her to sign up for security training and licensing. Samudri also attended a resume workshop where she learned to rework her resume to highlight relevant skills.

A few months after her first meeting, Samudri had successfully completed her security licensing test. With her new credentials, she attended a VPI job fair where a large security company was interviewing candidates.

Samudri participated in an on-the-spot interview and was hired.

If you need help with your job search, we can help. Contact us today.

Read the whole story

Situation

Samudri is a foreign trained professional with years of experience. After the end of a recent job contact, she was left without an income. To help her get her finances back on track, she set a short-term career goal of finding a job in the security industry.

She was having difficulty getting an interview due to her lack of industry experience and felt discouraged starting in a new industry at an older age.

Samudri came to VPI for help with her job search. She met with one of our expert Career Specialists encouraged her to sign up for security training and licensing. Samudri also attended a resume workshop where she learned to rework her resume to highlight relevant skills.

A few months after her first meeting, Samudri had successfully completed her security licensing test. With her new credentials, she attended a VPI job fair where a large security company was interviewing candidates.

Samudri participated in an on-the-spot interview and was hired.

If you need help with your job search, we can help. Contact us today.

Events & Workshops

Every month we host various events at our branches to help job seekers develop their job search skills and get back to work. Registration is required and all events are free, unless otherwise indicated. Click an event listing to see more details and to register.

FEATURED EVENTS

Firehouse Subs

Wednesday, December 18 | 10:30 am
Positions: Shift Leader, Team Member

Smart Serve Certification

Friday, January 24 | 9:00 am
Smart Serve Training allows participants to legally serve alcohol in Ontario. Financial supports may be available to cover fees.

Plan accordingly! View all of our events this month by clicking through to our monthly calendar.

Special Events

Smart Serve Certification (YWCA of Hamilton) | Friday, January 24 | 9:00 am

Smart Serve Training allows participants to legally serve alcohol in Ontario. Financial supports may be available to cover fees.

Careers in the Trades – Hamilton (St. Charles Adult Education Centre) | Tuesday, March 10 | 11:00 am

Apply for open job opportunities and hear from experienced tradespeople about careers in the skilled trades.
Workshops

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, December 17 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, December 17 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Occupational Research (Hamilton) | Tuesday, December 17 | 2:00 pm

What jobs are you qualified for, and are there any available nearby? Is your field expected to grow, shrink, or stay the same over the next five years? How much does someone with your qualifications typically earn? This course will teach you how to research the job market, so that you can stop wasting time on dead-ends and start making the most of your job search.

Customer Service Excellence (Hamilton) | Thursday, December 19 | 9:30 am

Excellent service does not simply come from a friendly transaction or helpful technology – it is the result of truly understanding the customer’s expectations and finding ways to exceed them. Join us for a full day of customer service excellence training and learn how to delight customers across any industry.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, December 24 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, December 24 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

LinkedIn (Hamilton) | Monday, January 6 | 10:00 am

LinkedIn.com is the world’s largest social media site geared towards professional networking, but it can be intimidating to know where to begin. In this course, you will develop your LinkedIn profile while learning advanced tips and tricks for getting the most out of the platform.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 7 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 7 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Second Career Orientation (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 7 | 2:00 pm

In this session, you will receive an overview of the Second Career program including detailed information about the eligibility and suitability requirements, general guidelines and what to expect through the application process.

Job Interviews (Hamilton) | Thursday, January 9 | 9:00 am

In the middle of an important job interview, the interviewer hits you with a question that makes your mind go blank. As you struggle to say something, panic sets in—which only makes things worse. This happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. This workshop teaches you how to handle these stressful events, stay focused, and impress potential employers.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 14 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 14 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Self-Assessment, Part 1 (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 14 | 2:00 pm

You’re not like anyone else: your natural strengths and weaknesses, your learning styles, and the way you solve problems are some of the things that make you unique. But a lot of people have trouble seeing their own strengths objectively. This course is designed to help you gain insight into the type of person—and worker—you are.

Occupational Research (Hamilton) | Wednesday, January 15 | 2:00 pm

What jobs are you qualified for, and are there any available nearby? Is your field expected to grow, shrink, or stay the same over the next five years? How much does someone with your qualifications typically earn? This course will teach you how to research the job market, so that you can stop wasting time on dead-ends and start making the most of your job search.

Customer Service Excellence (Hamilton) | Thursday, January 16 | 9:30 am

Excellent service does not simply come from a friendly transaction or helpful technology – it is the result of truly understanding the customer’s expectations and finding ways to exceed them. Join us for a full day of customer service excellence training and learn how to delight customers across any industry.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 21 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 21 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Self-Assessment, Part 2 (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 21 | 2:00 pm

In Self-Assessment Part 1, you learned about strengths, learning styles, and problem solving. In this course, we show how your interests, skills, and personal values lay the foundations for smart career choices. By the end of the workshop you will have a clearer idea of where you might belong.

Job Interviews (Hamilton) | Thursday, January 23 | 9:00 am

In the middle of an important job interview, the interviewer hits you with a question that makes your mind go blank. As you struggle to say something, panic sets in—which only makes things worse. This happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. This workshop teaches you how to handle these stressful events, stay focused, and impress potential employers.

LinkedIn (Hamilton) | Thursday, January 23 | 2:00 pm

LinkedIn.com is the world’s largest social media site geared towards professional networking, but it can be intimidating to know where to begin. In this course, you will develop your LinkedIn profile while learning advanced tips and tricks for getting the most out of the platform.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 28 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 28 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.
Nearby Events

Federal Apprenticeship Grants (Mississauga) | Monday, January 27 | 11:00 am

Learn about government funding options to help pay for Red Seal apprenticeship training. Presented by Service Canada.

Careers in the Trades – Mississauga (Churchill Meadows Library) | Wednesday, March 11 | 12:00 pm

Apply for open job opportunities and hear from experienced tradespeople about careers in the skilled trades.
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