Vol 11, Issue 4 November 26 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Hamilton's Economic Covid Responses, who's Hiring in the hamilton Region, Workforce planning updates ( Youth Committee, and Q3 Data report), TikTok resumes and Instagram portfolios: How college students are using social media to find jobs, What Makes Career Decision-Making Difficult for Young People?, 3 Ways I Overcame My Fear of Failure, What To Do If You Are Anxious About Returning To The Office, Bridge to Work in Community Services - Jan 2022 - July 2022, Black Men's Health Workshop December 2nd 2-4 pm on Zoom
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 7:00 PM
Who's Hiring in the Hamilton region
Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety
Hiring an occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Application Deadline: Dec 7 2021
Green Venture
is hiring for registered Energy Advisors
is hiring Live Well Specialist LES CHATER
Workforce Planning of Hamilton Updates
Labour Market Quarterly 3 Data Report
Key Trends in Hamilton's Labour Market:

  • There was a significant change in the unemployment rate and with a decrease in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the third quarter of 2020. 
  • The number of unemployed job postings has continued to decline this year. From a high of 17.7 in January to 8.7 in September. This means there are about 9 unemployed people in every job vacancy
  • Professional occupations in education services, jobs grew the most in quarter 3, growing by 6,300 jobs
  • Middle management occupations in trades, transportations, productions and utilities declined the most in total jobs decreasing by 2,530 jobs  
  • There has been an increase in job postings, growing by 5.6 % in the third quarter to 9,331 jobs in Hamilton compared to the second quarter
  • A slight change in the order of the top 10 skills demand in the job search where communication, teamwork, and customer service come in the top 3
  • Skill level C jobs saw the strongest growth in wages from Q3 2021 to Q3 2020 
Join the Virtual Youth Committee that has started in November 2021
Workforce Planning Hamilton is seeking young professionals interested in digital job development in the Hamilton region. WPH has been able to connect with you individually to discuss our upcoming Virtual Youth Committee.

This committee aims to develop a community-wide strategy to support high youth unemployment rates and assist youth in the Hamilton region in navigating labour market information. This committee of youth and employers will be able to create a digital platform that will feature centralized information for youth in Hamilton. Our hope is that this information will ultimately help youth with networking opportunities, hiring processes, employer advice, and provide youth with a better grasp of what Hamilton’s labour market reveals to support employment decisions.

age: 15-29 years old
Receive a $10.00 Giftcard when you join
Time: 15 hours, once a month meeting
for more information/send your resumes to
Students & Youth
TikTok resumes and Instagram portfolios: How college students are using social media to find jobs
What Makes Career Decision-Making Difficult for Young People?
College students are on social media pretty much every day but when it comes to their job search, more than a third said they don’t use social media at all, according to a survey from College Pulse.
And we’re supposed to be digital natives?!

“I don’t get what the hype is around not doing social media. I think everyone should be on it,” says college senior and influencer Kahlil Greene. “It’s the way of the future and, if you’re not on it, you will be left behind.”

Greene posted his first TikTok video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2021, and the rest was history — literally. Studying the history of social change and social movements at Yale University, he took to TikTok to educate people about Black culture and little-known stories and racked up 1.3 million views pretty quickly. Now with more than 500,000 followers across platforms (including Instagram and LinkedIn), Greene will be trading in his post-graduation plans to work in consulting for a job in public education.
“I think that’s the thing that people don’t realize, that social media is everywhere, and it’s congruent with every lifestyle you want,” says Greene.
November is Canada Career Month. This year, the theme is it’s possible. This month, CPC’s News Feed is featuring a series of posts that builds on that theme. We believe it’s possible to create a bright future. Maureen McCann shares some ideas for helping young people embark on their bright career paths — starting with how we can make career decision-making less of a challenge.
What Makes Career Decision-Making Difficult for Young People?
It would be impossible to offer just one reason, but I’d like to share some of the challenges identified by seven amazing young women met through Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program. As part of the program, CPC hosted an Innovation Hub — Paving the Way for Youth — where the participants gave us some valuable input about their experiences in the area of career decision-making.
In our discussion, the young women shared their thoughts and feelings about the pressure of choosing a field of study. They admitted they felt a certain heaviness, stress, anxiety, and fear that comes with making “the right choice.” And we (society, parents, teachers) aren’t making it any easier for them. In fact, the myth that students should choose one path to set them up for success in life is still alive and well.
Business & Research
3 Ways I Overcame My Fear of Failure
What To Do If You Are Anxious About Returning To The Office
Failure was something I ran away from my entire life. Even in early childhood, I would not even consider trying to complete a task if I knew the outcome would not be perfect and there was a chance of failing. A nagging voice in my head constantly pushed me away from pursuing activities that I was not exceptional at, preventing me from receiving valuable learning experiences early on in my life.
It was at a parent-teacher conference in elementary school that I received feedback about being too much of a perfectionist; I was forever asking my teacher what steps to take to complete a task perfectly, instead of learning from trial and error. That feedback was my turning point. To enrich our lives and develop our careers, I now know that learning to cope with failure is a must. Here are the 3 ways I pushed myself to overcome my fear of failure:
1) I Changed My Mindset
We can often be our own worst critics and this can cause a fear of going out of our comfort zones in case there is a chance we may fail. I had to realize that the act of failing does not mean that I am a failure. Failing means that I am pushing myself and learning from new experiences, so, if anything, failure makes me a more successful person in the long run.
Without question, remote work has gotten a lot of attention. That’s partly because nearly two years after 2020’s seismic shift, many professionals are still working from home. Yet despite all the headlines, the number of remote workers has been steadily declining all year. By the end of September, 28% of the office workers in and around New York City were back in their buildings –– a pandemic peak. In Texas, where COVID-19 restrictions were fewer and most workers avoided mass transit, that number was around 40% back in May.
What all this means is that a return to in-office work is in the cards for many. I’ve written recently about how introverts prefer remote work while extroverts can’t wait to get back to the office. Still, no matter what your personality type, if you've been working from home for months it’s normal to be nervous. For those of you who will be returning to the office, here are some ways to help you cope and make the transition as simple and safe as possible.
1. Acknowledge anxiety (don’t bury it).
Even office lovers can feel some anxiety about going back. For many people, remote work was unexplored territory.

Events & Programs
Bridge to Work in Community Services - Jan 2022 - July 2022

This FREE program is for internationally trained/educated newcomers interested in joining the community Services sector in Canada.
-Permanent resident/protected person with notice of the decision
-CLB level 7 or higher
-Previous post-secondary education
Program length:6 months, January 2022 – July 2022
Virtual classes: 6 pm – 9 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays + 100-hour volunteer Placement  
Black Men's Health Workshop
 December 2nd 2-4 pm on Zoom
The AIDS Network in partnership with Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black-Cap), Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre and Savoy Williams a community member. Will be hosting an online event called Black Men’s Health, to create a safe space for dialogue and understanding addressing topics like sexuality, racism, oppression, mind awareness and migration and how they affect the ability or the chances of black men to access services and involvement within Hamilton and surrounding areas.
Folks can register to receive coordinates by Clicking here to e-mail or RSVO ON Eventbrite
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