A Quick Look at SWO's Leading Industries

If you’re looking for work in southwestern Ontario, it can be helpful if you know what the local market looks like. To use a weird analogy that I just coined, if you play baseball on a soccer pitch, you likely won’t do well. Knowing the terrain just makes good sense, so you can make sure that you’re prepared.

Having said that, don’t get too discouraged by what you learn. It may seem at first glance that you’ll have trouble finding your place. However, transferable skills are transferable, after all, and you can always learn something new.

Six Ways the Library Can Help Your Job Search

If you’re looking for employment, there are a lot of services available to you in London that can help you out. WIL is only one example. Other organizations like No Kee Kwe and the London Employment help centre are available to give you an assist with your resume, your interview skills, or even to help you find volunteer opportunities.

I'm a loner, Dottie.

Teach to Learn

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”  --Phil Collins

What Does WIL Do?

I usually end every blog post with a recommendation that you get in touch with us here at WIL to get support in your jobs search. That’s because it’s good advice. How well do you know what services we provide? Here’s a brief list of some of the ways we can help you with your job search.

Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that the provincial government announced a couple weeks ago that they’d be raising the minimum wage over the next few years, with increments leading to a minimum wage of $15/hr at the beginning of 2019.

Gathering Intelligence: Six tips for informational interviews

In your job search, as in most things, more information is better than less. If you’re looking to break into a new filed or industry, or thinking of changing careers, or looking for the same kind of work you did before, but you’re in a new market, one of the best tools in your toolkit is going to be the informational interview. However, since an informational interview is basically meeting a stranger and asking them some questions, unless you’re a certain kind of person, this is not going to be easy for you. Here’s a little advice to help you get through it.

Soft Skills are Hard

They’re not hard, really. It’s just a term that recruiters and employers use for all the things that we do as social lubrication, so to speak. Since you’re very likely to be working with people when you work, soft skills are the skills you need to be able to get along. All are important, and some come easier to people than others do. Here are some of the soft skills you’ll need, not just at work, but in the rest of your life, too.

What to Bring to your Interview

We've gone over many of the things that you want to do in order to bring your A-game to the interview (see what I did there?), but what should you actually physically bring?

Tough Interview Questions

If you've gotten to the interview stage of the recruiting process, you've done well, but you're not in the clear. You still have to sit in the room with the people who are hiring, answer their questions, and impress them. And while the relationship isn't adversarial, there are still standard interview questions that are hard to answer.

Advice from Yoda

May the 4th be with you. It's Star Wars Day, and I'm kind of a nerd, so I thought maybe I'd share some advice from one of the most powerful Jedi ever, Yoda. Sure, he was a hermit, and he talked funny (fun fact: Frank Oz did the voice for both Yoda and Miss Piggy, which is why Yoda sounds like Miss Piggy with a chest cold), he was one of the weirdest Muppets ever, and he was small, but he was powerful and wise. And, as Yoda himself, said, "Size matters not."