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Looking for ways to ease job-hunting anxiety?

Job seekers face a multitude of perplexing questions. To make matters more confusing, there are often no clear-cut answers and much depends on situational factors. Unless you happen to know someone in human resources with whom you can address these uncertainties, it can be very stressful go it alone.
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Employers asked to register for Take Our Kids to Work Day Wednesday, Nov. 7

Every year, 250,000 Grade 9 students across the country participate in The Learning Partnership's Take Our Kids to Work™ day. This nation-wide event provides students with the opportunity to spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative or family friend, learning basic business and life skills. More than 75,000 employers participate annually.
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Under the existing Youth Employment Strategy, this new $50-million initiative will be dedicated to projects that will connect approximately 3,000 young Canadians with private sector jobs in fields that are in high demand, such as the skilled trades and tourism. The projects will help employers fill labour shortages while providing youth with the on-the-job experience they need to transition into a career.
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This is a reminder that all federal not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the old legislation must transition to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act by October 17, 2014. For more information, refer to the Transition Guide for Federal Not-for-profit Corporations.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for August 2012

Each month NALD releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of NALD Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the NALD website
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And the nominees for Canada's coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize are...

According to Giller Prize organizers, this year’s jury — Russian-American satirist Gary Shteyngart, Irish author Roddy Doyle, and Canadian author and publisher Anna Porter — considered 142 books nominated by 51 publishers from across the country. The shortlist will be announced October 1 and the winner at a gala ceremony in Toronto October 30.
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New report on jobs from Rick Miner a wakeup call for Canadians - Read NALD's Feature of the Month

A new publication in the NALD Library could serve as a wakeup call for Canadians interested in or concerned about the future of the workforce. A follow-up to People without Jobs, Jobs without People (2010), Dr. Rick Miner’s latest work is entitled Jobs of the Future: Options and Opportunities (2012).
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Hiring people with disabilities is easier than many might think

Workers with disabilities are dramatically under-represented in private-sector companies governed by the Employment Equity Act, the most recent annual government report on disability issues shows. However, they are over-represented in the public service.
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Job search tips for the back-to-school season

Are you a parent looking for a part-time job now that the kids are back in school? Or were you unsuccessful in your search and unable to find a job over the summer months? Regardless of your situation, Jan Hein Bax, President, Randstad Canada, says the back-to-school season can provide great opportunities to give your job search a much-needed boost.
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A fighter for literacy steps out of the ring

The tireless work of Senator Joyce Fairbairn "changed the perception of the importance of literacy as a federal issue, bringing new resources and new status as a national concern. It’s hard to remember that at that time it was a novel idea that the federal government might have a larger role to play in supporting Canadians to meet their literacy skills needs." -- Margaret Eaton, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada
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ASPECT has new online Essential Workplace Skills Training Program

Skills at Work, ASPECT's new online Essential Workplace Skills Training Program, teaches the skills that employers want and employees need. The material is presented in four interactive modules.
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Managing media: Back-to-school tips for parents

Many parents are no doubt wondering how they can help their children ease out of summertime media habits. In addition to having to establish new rules for media use, parents may also face a barrage of requests and questions from their kids regarding digital technology. Here are some good guidelines for dealing with media issues.
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Call for concept papers: Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program

“The new Sectoral Initiatives Program will gather critical labour market information and make it available through the Working in Canada online portal, helping to ensure Canadians are more aware of the skills that are needed for the jobs that are in demand.” – Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
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Ottawa taking steps to address skills shortages across Canada

Through a competitive process, the Sectoral Initiatives Program will fund partnership-based projects that are national in scope and that support the development of labour market intelligence to help address skills shortages in key sectors of Canada’s economy.
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September is Life Literacy Month: ABC Life Literacy Canada

September marks Life Literacy Month - a month to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. Did you know that nearly nine million adult Canadians struggle with low literacy?
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Will your current job title be a deal-breaker when applying for a new position?

A career coach says if you do a good job presenting yourself in your résumé and all other related career marketing communications, your title will not be the show-stopping issue you think it to be.
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CareerBuilder.ca study finds many workers feeling bullied in the workplace

The study also found nearly half of workers don't confront their bullies and the majority of incidents go unreported. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive from May 14 to June 4, 2012, and included more than 550 workers nationwide.
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Youth want financial education in the classroom: study

Seventy per cent of Ontario high school students say that learning how to manage their personal finances is important or very important, according to a new study from the Investor Education Fund, a leading Canadian authority on financial literacy, financial education and research.
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Grass Roots Press has an international reputation for publishing high-quality resources for adult basic education and English as a Second Language communities. The company carries over 500 books, DVDs, and software packages and it publishes assessment tools, workbooks, photo stories, biographies, and literature -- publications that enhance adults' literacy skills.
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NWT Literacy Council's executive director honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Helen Balanoff, executive director of the NWT Literacy Council and a member of the NALD Board of Directors, has been honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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Ask a career expert: How to get a dysfunctional team back on track

The author of the book 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' looks at what can make teams in the workplace highly dysfunctional. He then presents ideas on how to move from a dysfunctional team to a highly functional one, by working through the dysfunctional areas.
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When resigning from a job, it's best to do it with grace

Managers get a lot of interesting reasons why people say they're quitting, but no matter how wacky your reason, hiring managers say how you leave is more important than why. Office Team reminds workers to be professional about it, to give proper notice and to do the job well in their final weeks.
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N.S. workers hit hard by ruling on trades

Nova Scotians working in apprenticeships out West are scrambling after the provincial government accidentally discovered it cannot credit apprenticeship hours earned outside the province. The problem comes to light just as Nova Scotia is trying to find a way to boost its flagging apprenticeship completion rates.
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Learning Disabilities Association of Canada is closing its doors (PDF)

LDAC has announced that effective August 31, 2012, its office will begin the process of closing its doors. Operations are scheduled to officially shut down on March 31, 2013, when its lease expires and existing federal government funding ceases.
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A new online tool connecting skilled workers, employers, post-secondary institutions and government is tackling fears of a looming labour crisis that is expected to produce up to 500,000 vacant jobs across the country over the next decade.
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Random House of Canada unveils new digital publishing strategy

Random House of Canada Limited has announced the debut of its ground-breaking online magazine and an e-books originals program as key components of its innovative new corporate digital publishing strategy.
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Generations coming together through technology

Technology will play a critical role in keeping students connected with their parents while they're at school this year. A new report shows that in nearly equal numbers, connected young Canadians (ages 18-24) and their connected parents (40 per cent and 43 per cent, respectively) are using technology to stay close.
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Update on Adult Literacy Strategy for New Brunswick Action Plan (PDF)

In December 2009, the N.B. Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour published Working Together for Adult Literacy: An Adult Literacy Strategy for New Brunswick. Subsequent to the release of the strategy, an action plan was developed. This document reports on the achievements, progress and challenges experienced within the strategic priorities during the first phase of the plan.
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It's been summer of literacy and learning on PEI

This summer 23 tutors are tutoring 700 students in one-on-one session across the Island from Tignish to Souris. They are working mostly in libraries, but some tutors are in schools and community centres, says the PEI Literacy Alliance, host of the Summer Tutoring Program for Kids.
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"Over 40 per cent of Albertans do not have the literacy skills to fully participate in life, at work, at home, and in their community. This needs to be addressed, and with the wealth of economic, physical, and human resources in the province, indeed it should. If Alberta cannot take the lead, then who?" -- Literacy Alberta
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