Jobs: A Diverse Workplace

By Shawn Mintz

Published December 2004. Some information in this article may be outdated.

It is a common practice for job seekers to use some of the free employment services available within their community. This article will take a look at some of the similarities of going to work and going to an employment resource centre.
Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (A.C.C.E.S.) is one of the most diverse and exciting workplaces in Toronto. In this open concept workplace people are committed, dedicated and they are achieving results. At A.C.C.E.S. people's work does not result in company profits. It results in something of greater value - finding employment.

People who come to A.C.C.E.S. are working towards achieving their employment goals. You do not receive money or an hourly salary, however the more time you spend at A.C.C.E.S. the better your chances of success.

The people of A.C.C.E.S. are equipped with all the right tools: computers, internet access, fax machines, etc. The professional development opportunities are extraordinary - at any time you can brush up on your interview techniques, cold calling and job search techniques. As we know, those skills are always valuable to have whether you are working or looking for your next position. There is a set price for all of these professional development programs and that is 'no price' - it's free!

Just like in regular jobs, you will have a supervisor or a manager. At A.C.C.E.S. there are Employment Consultants who will give you regular performance reviews, edit your materials, provide you with constructive feedback and boost your self-esteem so that you are always producing to your fullest capabilities.

Charles Bezaliel says it perfectly. "I would leave my house every morning, spend the day at A.C.C.E.S. and go back home at night. My neighbours probably thought I was working. Anyhow, job searching is full-time work." The time that Charles spent at employment resource centres paid off and with the help of A.C.C.E.S. he is now working at the Royal Bank of Canada.

As you can see attending an employment resource centre is very similar to going to work. Places like A.C.C.E.S. provide you with a professional environment where you can excel in your job search.

Employment Services offered at A.C.C.E.S. Services for Newcomers to Canada

  • Benefit from our specialized services and workshops for Internationally Educated Professionals and Tradespeople.
  • Get information and support on how to become licenced in your profession or trade.
  • Find out where to have your credentials and experience assessed.
  • Develop and practice your workplace communication skills.
  • Learn about the Canadian workplace.
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Plan your career; learn about the Canadian job market and job trends.
  • Create winning résumés and employment letters.
  • Tap into the hidden job market - build your network and learn how to market yourself to employers.
  • Develop and practice your interview skills.
  • Connecting with Employers.
  • Attend our employers speakers series and job fairs.
  • Be referred to job openings by our professional placement team.
  • Get one to one assistance with calling and meeting employers.
  • Resource Centre.
  • Job postings.
  • Computers, internet access, printers, photocopiers, telephones and fax machines.
  • Books videos and other job search tools.
  • Information and referral to employment and other related services.
  • Seminars offering 'quick tips' to improve your job search skills.
  • Guest speakers; employers and other experts give helpful advice.
  • Attend our Talk English Café and practice your English communication skills for the workplace.
  • Employment consultants will personally assist you.

A.C.C.E.S stands for Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services. A.C.C.E.S services are customized to meet the individual needs of newcomers. Our high quality and innovative employment services will give you the competitive edge you need to succeed. The downtown Toronto A.C.C.E.S. office is located at 489 College Street, Suite 100, 416-921-1800 or visit the Scarborough office - 2100 Ellesmere Road, Suite 250, 416-431-5326.
Check out our website at www.accestrain.com.

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