Halifax's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent last month, almost on par with the national average at 6.6 percent. Crappy weather aside, a job search in HRM at this time of year can be spiritually exhausting.
"But when people have the tools that are required to secure employment, the search becomes much easier," says Cora Rogers, coordinator of the YMCA Employment Centre on Gottingen Street. With a second location in Dartmouth, the YMCA Employment Centre has over 20,000 annual visitors and hosts a number of workshops every month (check out the schedule online) that help job searchers "remain positive and stay focused during the job search," she says. If you're struggling with a sense of purpose or low morale, sessions like How to Succeed, Career Cruising and Interview Skills just might inspire you.
"Workshops can help people stay motivated and share ideas with others who are also experiencing unemployment," she says. The Centre also supports people who are seeking to change careers or upgrade skills, and will refer clients to some of the YMCA's community partners: "Some organizations offer specialized services that can help support our clients in different ways," Rogers says, like Canada Benefits, The Self-Help Connection, NSCC and other adult learning programs. As well as the YMCA, HRM has career support services from Job Junction to Masterworks to Solutions Learning Centre.
The secret to surviving any job search is to be persistent and stay optimistic. An employment coach can be a personal cheerleader to help you make your way to the finish line and win a job that's right for you.