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How we work is changing rapidly. Both job seekers and employers are facing challenges as we transition to a new work reality.


As a job seeker, the key to adapting to the increasingly competitive labour market may be in acquiring the skills and traits needed to survive and thrive in the new economy.


For the remainder of the year we will feature articles in Employment E-News that focus on the attributes required to build resiliency, perseverance and succeed during your job search.


In this issue we focus on "Resourcefulness".


As is often said - "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations." We will do our best to help you get there!


RESOURCEFULNESS is the ability "to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems". - Merriam-Webster Dictionary



For many people, unemployment can trigger emotional and sometimes physical distress.


Rather than focusing on what you don't have, use resourcefulness to re-frame a seemingly negative situation. Focus on how you can use what you do have to achieve your goals. Perhaps you could use your network, creativity, time or skills to help you make the transition to employment.


According to Tony Robbins, resources can be useful but resourcefulness is the ultimate resource.


Along with a different perspective, ingenuity and creativity can help you problem solve and develop the skill of resourcefulness.


Try asking yourself:


- What else can I try?

- What has worked for others?

- Who can help?


By exercising our ability to solve problems, we develop resiliency and are more accepting of change.


New Work World

Experience can help us gain wisdom. Knowledge is power.


If you want to be successful in today's economy, it is best to do your research and stay informed.


Last year, we offered a three part series "Changing Economy, Changing Work World".



Make the most of the new work world. Learn how it's changing.


Child Care Fee Subsidy

The Child Care Fee Subsidy Program helps qualifying families cover the cost of licensed child care for children up to the age of 12. Find out how to apply.


The Living Room

If you look, you will find plenty of interesting and useful no-cost resources and services available in the Durham Region.


An exciting new centre has recently opened on Simcoe Street in Oshawa - The Living Room Community Art Studio.


Here, people can connect with others and express themselves by creating art, sharing skills and engaging in dialogue.



Exercising your creative abilities is a great way to fuel imagination and innovation.


The Living room offers studio services at no or low cost to ensure that everyone can take part in creating and connecting.


The Living Room is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am until 6:00pm.


View the video on their website for more information about how the centre is helping people in the community.


Wardrobe Woes?

Wondering what to wear to an interview on a limited budget?


Take a look through your closet and find the basics - a dark skirt or pants and a light blouse or dress shirt (long or short-sleeved depending on the season). Shoes should be conservative and polished.



If you don't have the basics in your closet, try shopping at a thrift store. Sometimes you can find high-quality clothing that have barely been used.


Keep it professional. Make sure that your clothing basics are always clean, pressed and interview-ready!


Budgeting Basics

Are you looking for ways to make your dollar stretch further?


Budgeting may be the answer.



A budget is an electronic or written document that can help you take control of your finances.


Having a disciplined approach to managing your finances can help you through difficult times and help you meet your financial goals in the future.


Learn how to make a budget and stick to it!


Ontario Fun Pass

Have you heard of the Ontario Fun Pass?


The Fun Pass is full of money-saving coupons for Ontario families to explore and experience many of the great attractions that Ontario has to offer.



With the Fun Pass, one elementary school-age child receives a complimentary pass to any of the attractions featured when accompanied by a paying adult.


Have fun and save money!


Youth, Ask a Counsellor

There are programs available to help youth succeed in the work world.


Schedule an appointment and ask an Employment Counsellor!


Job Opportunities

- Landscaping

- Warehouse Picker/Packer

- Customer Experience Rep

- Heavy Equipment Operator

- Operations Supervisor

- Ambulance Driver/Attendant

- Sales Associate

- Payroll Administrator

- Social Worker

- Early Morning Stocker

- Office Assistant

- Supervisor, Parks

- Sales Associate

- Delivery Driver

- Project Manager

- Clinical Lead

- Client Care Coordinator

- Store Team Member

- Line Cook

- Registered Nurse

- HR Business Partner

- PT Produce Clerk

- Porter


Note: The Job Opportunities listed may expire throughout the month. Please come in to one of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre locations to view many more job postings.


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Healthy Eating

Living on a budget can help us exercise our ability to be resourceful and can even help us change our habits.



Did you know that eating healthy food does not have to be more expensive? In fact, it is often more cost-effective to buy raw ingredients (fruits and vegetables) than it is to buy processed food.


Eat Right Ontario offers articles and resources to related to healthy eating on a budget.


Find budget-friendly recipes, videos, cooking and food preparation techniques, menu planners, and information about food choices when money is tight.


Click to find information about Healthy Eating on A Budget.



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