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Finding employment can be multi-faceted.


The best approach is to treat your job search like a job.


Develop a disciplined approach to finding work by setting goals and taking action on a regular basis.


Explore the requirements of the profession that you seek, build on the skills needed and get ready to demonstrate why you are uniquely qualified for the position and how you can help the business succeed.


Learn about the current labour market and which jobs are in high demand.


Schedule an appointment with an Employment Counsellor to develop a back to work action plan. Attend the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's free Job Search workshops to learn how to Job Search effectively.


Visit our website for more information.


Welcome to the Work World

The transition from school to the work world can be a difficult one... preparation is key.



Post-secondary education can increase your earning potential and help you get your foot in the door when looking for employment.


Employers, however, have a large pool to choose from - they are not only looking at your skills and education, but will also consider what you can do to help their business succeed and how well you will fit into the culture of the workplace.


In fact, a recent article in Forbes indicates that 88% of employers are more interested in a cultural fit than they are in a specific skill set.


Employers want to know that their employees are self-motivated, professional, confident and excited about their position and role within the company.


Try volunteer work, campus activities, part time employment to help you develop these attributes.


What it takes to succeed in the work world can be vastly different than what it takes to succeed in a post secondary education. For many, the transition leads to a feeling of culture shock.


Students, learn how you can prepare to be Job-Ready before you finish your studies.


Read more by clicking here.


Considering University?


Choose a program that's right for you! Learn about the success of graduates in universities across Canada.



The Ontario Graduate Survey helps to assess how many students successfully graduate from university, whether or not they find jobs and how many students pay back their student loans. Learn from the data!


Click to view the results.


Youth Job Connection


Are you aged 16-29 and having a hard time finding a job?



Do you feel discriminated against because of your age,
education or past history?


Youth Job Connection Can Help! Call 905-579-1821 or email info@unemployedhelp.on.ca.


Meet Pam DeWilde

Pam DeWilde is the new Pickering Welcome Centre Manager!




Pam DeWilde first became involved with supporting newcomers to Durham Region through her involvement with the Inter-Church Immigrant Support Group. At that time she also contributed to the Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council as the Faith and Cultural Representative.


After working as an Employment Counsellor in Oshawa for three years with the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (DRUHC), she became immersed in the work on refugee sponsorship. Pam worked for World Renew, a national Sponsorship Agreement Holder, as a Program Associate assisting sponsorship groups, including groups from Durham Region, submitting refugee sponsorship applications and preparing for the arrival of newcomers from Syria and other areas of conflict and displacement.


Pam is pleased to rejoin DRUHC in a new role, as Welcome Centre Manager - Pickering. She is motivated by a strong desire to make Durham Region a welcoming and inclusive place for newcomers, their families and friends.


“Wherever I have lived and travelled overseas, I have experienced a tremendous outpouring of hospitality. I want to show that same generous spirit of welcome to newcomers to Canada, and in particular those coming to Durham Region.”

Fearing Job Cuts at GM


GM Workers have fewer vehicles to build and fear job cuts in the near future.



Unifor Local 222 representatives are concerned about the lack of new vehicle announcements.


It is suspected that the four models that are currently assembled could be moved to other plants in the US and China.


For more information, click here.

1000 New Jobs at GM

Last month, General Motors Canada announced a thousand new engineering jobs in Ontario, including in Oshawa.



GM Canada president Steve Carlisle drove into the Oshawa engineering facility with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make the announcement.


Unifor president indicates that this is a sign that General Motors is not leaving Canada.


Click to read the durhamregion.com article here.


Accessibility and AODA


"The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law that sets out a process for developing and enforcing accessibility standards."



The government works with industry representatives and persons with disabilities to develop the standards


The AODA has been developed to help remove barriers and improve accessibility for people with disabilities.


AODA targets five main areas of life, including employment. Learn more.


Cost of Living in Durham

Did you know that many residents of the Durham Region are living paycheque to paycheque... some are having trouble making ends meet even with full-time employment.



The Community Development Council of Durham (CDCD) is on a mission to determine the cost of living in Durham.


They will be taking a tour of the Durham Region this summer to find just out what it takes to live here.


Results of the tour will be available this fall.


Read more of this article from the Oshawa Express.


Job Opportunities

- Line Cook

- Laboratory Technician

- General Foreman

- School Bus Driver

- Assembler

- Receptionist

- Learning Facilitator

- Machine Operator

- Development Manager

- Project Planning

- Industrial Mechanic

- Slot Technicians

- MET Operations Coordinator

- Land Survey Assistant

- Pallet Truck Operator

- Sales Incentive Analyst

- General Labourer

- Visual Merchandiser

- Window Cleaner

- Crew Member


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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Go Transit on the Move


Another sign that GO Transit is on the move.



Clarington Council made the decision to buy a 34-acre property on the west side of Courtice Road - the cost is $2.7 million.


The property will one day serve as the site of the future Courtice GO train station.


While some councillors stated that the money would be better spent on the Courtice waterfront or building a new recreation facility, Mayor Adrian Foster said that the number one request of Clarington residents is to expand the GO train service to Clarington.


Read the article for more information.



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