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Have you read the most popular job hunting book in the world?

September 14, 2013 | Teresa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

What color is your parachute guide to online job hunting
Time magazine has called it "one of the all-time 100 best non-fiction books".  The Center for the Book, Library of Congress calls it "one of the 25 books that have shaped reader's lives".  What book are they referring to?

What Color is Your Parachute, which recently published its 2014 edition, has been a staple of career counselling centers for years.  First published in 1970, it has been updated annually since 1975.  What Color is Your Parachute has sold 10 million copies worldwide and is available in 22 languages. 

Author and career guru Richard Bolles gave some insight into his publication with this 2010 interview with  Proving that it is as relevant today as it was when it was first published, the 2014 edition table of contents includes such chapters as: Google is Your New Resume, Five Ways to Change Careers, What to Do When Your Job-Hunt Just Isn't Working. 

More than just a job hunting manual, it covers career exploration and self discovery.  The pink pages at the end of the book cover such topics as dealing with your feelings while out of work, finding your mission in life, guide to finding a career coach or counsellor.  

No matter what stage you are in your career - starting, changing, midway or ending, this book has something that will resonate with you. 



Could crowdfunding help kickstart your career?

August 28, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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Crowdfunding is a fairly new social media concept especially for Canadians which provides individuals and businesses with an opportunity to raise money through online campaigning. There are many different platforms to do crowdfunding, Kickstarter is probably the most popular but there are may others as well. I'm sure many of you are now familiar with Gawker, which was actually a blog which was originally intended for posts on celebrities and the media industry. You probably know about Gawker due to our mayor's recent incidentwhere the website was attempting to buy his infamous video for $200,000. Gawker actually used a crowdfunding platform called Indiegogo which is an international website, they managed to raise $63,500 in 2 days.

One of my colleagues recently wrote a crowdfunding blog for the library's Business & Personal Finance blog you can read it for some more information. Also, the Business department will be hosting a program next Thursday, September 5, 2013 to kick off our Small Business Matters series which runs from September to December. 


A lot of new artists, entrepreneurs, inventors etc. have used crowdfunding to help get their career or product off the ground. Some examples are; Canadian Indie Rocker Amanda Zelina , Sprayable Energy., and alternative-rock icon/blogger Amanda Palmer who began as a street performer and raised $1.2 million with Kickstarter(this is the largest music crowdfunding project today). She actually faced a lot of criticism for asking people to fund her album back in 2012. You can watch the TED video "The Art of Asking"  below where she talks about how to get people to pay for things, as she says by "simply asking them."


Of course as always you can also come up to the Business Department and check out some of our books if you want to raise some money for your business, or download some ebooks from home! Check these out:


CDNventure_cover     Crowdfundingrevolution    Crowdfunding

                                                                             (Also available as an ebook)

 Let me know what you think, share your comments ;)

Looking for Companies who are Hiring in Your Field? Check this out

July 31, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Now hiring

Are you wondering which companies are hiring? Companies tend to go through different phases of growth and development and sometimes there may be times when they are looking to expand and they may have large spikes in hiring. How do you find this information out? There are a few ways to do it, especially using some online tools. 


  • For the past 14 years the Globe & Mail magazine has been putting together a list of Canada's top 100 employers. These employers are usually leaders in their industry, innovative and treat their employees very well so they tend to have and retain quality employees. The winners are chosen by criteria such as; physical workplace, health financial and family benefits, and training & skills development. This year some of the winners were:



Eluta the search engine for new jobs in Canada, is an online career directory which was launched by MediaCorp Canada Inc. in 2006. You can use the website in various ways. The most simple way is by keywords that you choose based on whichever type of job or location you require. There is also a drop down menu the top left hand corner which says "Search Top Employers". Within that drop down menu there are various company lists including the one I mentioned above (Globe & Mail's Top 100 employers) here are some of the other lists:

  • The Career Directory for New Grads: This Search Tool (provided by The Career Directory: Canada's Best Employers for Recent Graduates) allows you to find entry level positions based on what the degree you earned as well as your field of study. You can see available jobs for companies across Canada who are hiring people with your educational background.You can also click on the New Grad link for each job to learn more about which grads are hired and the types of positions, including summer and co-op work term possibilities. Some of these companies include: BMW Canada, Ceridian Canada Ltd. and Corus Entertainment Inc.
  • Canada's Best Diversity Employers:  This search tools allows you to find positions with employers who have won the seven year competition. These companies have exceptional workplace diversity initiatives for individuals in the following categories; Aboriginal, women, visible minorities, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people and individuals with disabilities. Some of these companies include: BMO, Health Canada and YMCA of Greater Toronto.
  • Top Employers for Canadians Over 40: The companies in this list are known for offering programs of interest to people over 40, having a good pension plan, they assist their employees with retirement and succession planning, they extend health coverage to employees even after retirement. Some of these companies include: University of Toronto, CIBC, Enbridge Inc.
These are just a few of the options available on, check it out for yourself and maybe you can find the right company for you!




Is there a future for careers in art?

July 27, 2013 | Teresa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Arts cover 1My daughter is embarking to university in the fall.  Unlike her older siblings, she has a firm eye on what she wants to major in.  She wants to pursue a career in visual art - specifically studio art - to use as a base to a future career in art curating or some other related field.  Of course as a parent, I immediately had visions of her as a starving artist, standing on a street corner selling her wares. 

Well it turns out I should not worry so much.  A recent National Endowment for the Arts  report, entitled Artist Employment Projections through 2018 suggests that there will be jobs in art related fields.  Despite the fact that this report is American, and a bit dated (2011), it gives one hope that there is a life after art school.  Some of the growing fields identified in this report include museum technicians and conservators, curators, landscape architects, multimedia artists and animators and graphic designers. 

But what about the Canadian market?  Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has a portion of their website that is called the Canadian Occupational Projection System, in which you can plug in a NOC (National Occupation Code) and you can discover what the outlook is for a specific career area.  The NOC which includes art is 513.  It projects that there will be more retirements in the field than new hires to fill them.  Good news for those trying to enter the field. 

For more Canadian information, see Career Cruising, a database that you can access with your TPL library card, that gives information on a wide variety of careers, including interviews with people who actually are working in a particular occupation, as well as salary information, and education preparation.  Links to professional or related websites are also included.

And of course there are the books:

  Arts book 1   Arts book 2  

Arts book 3     Arts book 4

TalentEgg: Online Recruitment for Students and New Graduates

May 17, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Talent-egg Transitioning from student to adult life can be quite stressful, but exciting too. Getting that dream job after you graduate may not be as easy as you thought it would be. That is why its important to start planning for that dream job before you graduate. is Canada's most popular job site and online resource for students and new graduates. It was created by Lauren Friese in 2008 after she realized how hard the transition was from school to work. Lauren went to grad school at the London School of economics after completing a BA in economics Queen's University. She found that the transition from school to work was a lot easier in London, due to all of the free career online resources. She based TalentEgg on the UK website Milkround after wondering why we didn't have anything like it in Canada. There was an article about TalentEgg last year in the Financial Post, Lauren said that England had a lot more online resources and job leads for:

“People with lots of education and not a lot of work experience who wanted that ‘first step’ into a career.”

This is how most students feel when they graduate - that they have all this education but no experience and most employers are looking for both experience and education. So, TalentEggnow provides meaningful Canadian summer jobs, internships, full time work, co-ops and entry level positions - perfect for students and graduates. There are thousands of jobs available daily and hundreds of active employers. TalentEgg actually has an Employer Directory which includes profiles of each company such as:

The site has a wealth of great information such as comprehensive career guides for many fields such as: aboriginal careers, accounting, Canadian armed forces, consulting, engineering, green jobs, healthcare and many more. There are also great videos on the site which cover a wide range of topics, here is a video about how continuing education can make you more employable:


At North York Central Library, the business department will be hosting a program How to Hatch Your Career Through Networking with Cassandra Jowett who is the content manager for TalentEgg.

Cassandra Jowett, content manager from will share how she hatched
her own career through networking while she was a student at Ryerson University,
and provide easy-to-use strategies that will help students and grads become
better networkers both online and in real life.

FREE. Call (416)395-5613 to register.

North York Central Library - Room 2/3

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

6:30 - 8:00pm

If you don't get a chance to register, you can drop in as long as there is space available, we hope to see you there!

What should you do Next? Join us for our Generation Next Series!

April 3, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Generation Next 2013

This year, the library is having our 2nd annual Generation Next Series. This series of 3 programs is geared to the Millenial Generation (otherwise known as Generation Y, the Global Generation, the "me-first" generation  or the Net Generation) of individuals who have birth dates generally between the late 1970's to the early 2000's and are primarily the children of baby boomers. This demographic cohort is said to be the most educated and diverse generation in history. They are also said to have a tendency have more entrepreneurial tendencies. However, all are welcome to attend the programs. The information can be pertinent to individuals of all ages. This generation is known for:

  • Being technologically savvy, the first generation to experience social media and very innovative
  • Having strong beliefs in equal opportunity and being quite ethnically and racially diverse
  • Being very confident; they tend to have very high expectations in terms of wages, and ability to affect change in their workplace

The first program Entrepreneurship 101: Tips on Starting Your Own Small Business is tonight:

Join Donovan Dill, entrepreneurship program manager from Youth Employment Services (YES). He will discuss services available to aspiring young entrepreneurs and provide an overview on business planning, obtaining loans, business operations as well as advice on avoiding common mistakes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013/ Room 1/6:30 - 8:00pm

The next program is How to Hatch Your Career through Networking

Cassandra Jowett, content manager from will share how she hatched her own career through networking while she was a student at Ryerson University, and provide easy-to-use strategies that will help students and grads become better networkers both online and in real life.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013/6:30 - 8:00pm/ Room 2/3

The final program is Secrets of a Successful Technology Startup

Join entrepreneur Mahyar Fotoohi, Chairman & Co-founder of Unified Computer Intelligence Corp., a technology startup that is changing how people interact with the Internet and technology. Mahyar will discuss creating a product that people want, building the right team, and fundraising.

Monday, May, 27, 2013/ 6:30 - 8:00pm/ Auditorium

This demographic has been profiled a lot recently. The Huffington Post Canada did an Abacus data poll on 1,004 generation nexters to get a sense of their different characteristics since all milennials are not the same. They came up with 6 different Millennial Segments

  1. The Achiever
  2. The Pacer
  3. The Spark
  4. The Stampeder
  5. The Simple Lifer
  6. The Firefly

You can take a quiz to figure out which millenial you are.

There was also an interesting Globe and Mail article The six ways Generation Y will transform the workplace.  Here are a couple of the ways:

  • Having more women in leadership roles - the majority of millenials were used to both of their parents working so they have had positive female role models. 
  • Have regular, immediate social media feedback - immediate feedback is effective especially in terms of evaluating performance and even rewarding performance publicly.
  • Emphasize a performance, result driven work environment - evaluation is based mainly on performance not necessarily presence

So remember to check out our programs. They are all free of charge. If you'd like to register, call us up in the Business department at 416-395-5613. You can also drop in without registering as long as the seats aren't all taken.

Hope to see you there!

Canada : Student loans, grants and scholarships

March 27, 2013 | Teresa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Getting Started:

The Business Department at North York Central Library has a careers section that includes educational directories as well as directories that include scholarship opportunities.  The Business, Science and Technology Department at Toronto Reference Library also has an extensive collection of educational calendars and directories.

Searching the Library Website:

Suggested Subject headings/Keywords:


Student loans--Canada--Directories.

Endowment of research--Canada--Directories.

Suggested Titles: - entrance awards directory which includes comprehensive information on Canadian scholarships and awards.

Assistantships and graduate fellowships in the mathematical sciences.

Scholarship: a handbook of scholarships, awards and financial assistance for Canadian high school graduates.

Canadian University Scholarship Handbook.

Guide to Canadian scholarships.


Using On-line Resources

Recommended Websites:

Canada: Student Loans, Grants and Scholarships: - Browse through this section for tips on everything from financing your education to managing your loans.

The Canada Student Loans Program provides financial assistance in the form of loans and grants to post-secondary students who demonstrate financial need. is an educational site for students to find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants.  Students can search for scholarships by name, school, field of study and scholarship provider. will help youth learn about the various options available to help manage finances and pay for education.

Ontario: Student Loans, Grants and Scholarships:

Ontario Student Assistance Program - This is where you apply for OSAP or 30% off Ontario tuition.

Ontario Education and Training - Check out the Ontario Student Assistance Program  - a mix of grants and loans available for students.

Ontario Education and Training (loans grants and bursaries) - Where to find money that can help you pay for a college, university or apprenticeship program after high school.


The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) administers a range of awards on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Student was established in 1998 and is a free scholarship matching service, devoted to helping Canadian high school, college, and university students by providing information about scholarships, bursaries, grants, fellowships and other forms of financial assistance.

World Wide strives to provide students with up-to-date information about financial aid for online learning programs. 

Recommended Databases:

Career Cruising - includes in depth information on college and university programs

For further assistance contact:

Business Department - fourth floor, North York Central Library - 5120 Yonge Street - (416)-395-5613


Business, Science and Technology Department, third floor, Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge Street - (416)-393-7149

Opening Doors to Your Future - 2013 Career and Job Fair

February 14, 2013 | Linda | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

2013 Job Fair1     There are two parts to this job fair!

     The main event:

     Opening Doors to Your Future

     When: Thursday, March 7, 2013

     Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

     Where: North York Central Library

                 5120 Yonge St.

                 2nd Floor Auditorium

     Admission: FREE   -   No registration

Network with employers and apply for a variety of jobs. Dress appropriately as interviews may happen on-site. Bring electronic and hard copies of your resume.

Employers include: Canadian Tire, CN Tower, Desjardins Securities, Paragon Security, Real Canadian Superstore, Stock Transportation, UPS, Zylog, and MORE.....


How do you prepare for a job fair? You can attend the

Pre-Event: Preparing for Success

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time: 9 a.m.  - 1 p.m.

Where: North York Central Library

            5120 Yonge St., 2nd Floor Auditorium

Admission: FREE   -    Registration is required

REGISTER for the pre-event at the Employment Centre (EC) Portal:

Learn about specific jobs or sectors directly from employers and industry experts and receive information about the services and supports available to help you in your career.

The job fair is sponsored by Toronto Employment & Social Services and the North York Central Library.

Contact Margaret Lockhart at 416-397-9509 for more information.

Distractions at work? Learn how to stay focused

January 31, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...



I read an excellent article in the Globe & Mail Why you won't finish reading this article at work

Did you know?

  • That office workers are interrupted roughly every three minutes? And, once thrown off track, it can take 23 minutes for a worker to return to the original tasks, according to Standford  University Research.
  • Reading and processing 100 email messages can occupy more than half a worker's day?
  • Open plan offices meant to foster collaboration, subject workers to a non-stop stream of chitchat

Wall Street Journal

And then, bosses wonder why it is hard to get any work done. Maybe you feel like you have bad time management skills, or that you have problems concentrating or getting distracted. But, could it be partly the fault of your own company's modern workday set up? Modern day workers are struggling to get their real work done while they spend most of the day going through internal emails, attending meetings, interrupting themselves with social media urges, listening to co-worker's stories, working on collaborative projects, telling their own stories to coworkers etc. The "real work" which needs to be done often requires deep thinking, which is quite hard to acheive with little everyday, office distractions.

The reality is that often managers push their employees to do more with less, especially with our multiplying screens (see picture above) and increased digital demands/distractions. Maybe you work with multiple screens, or have coworkers who do - it isn't as easy to multitask as you may think, I actually heard on the radio last week that people who believe they can multitask are actually the worst at it.  How does it make you feel? I know that when I'm multitasking, I feel flustered and need to write things down more often so I can remember them.

Some companies are experimenting with different ways to keep workers focused, some are trying to reduce the amount of internal emails while others try to reduce the number of projects workers do simultaneously. At Abbott Vascular , a health care company,vice president, Jamey Jacobs and productivity consultant, Daniel Markovitz realized that the majority of employees were using email to communicate the majority of their issues whether they were serious or mundane. Employees weren't really using the office telephone (I know I'm guilty of this, I think that it is faster to send an email rather than make a phone call), so they told employees to assess the importance of their messages, if it was urgent and complex - use the telephone, email was to be reserved for non-urgent messages. I know that if I did that with my work, it may make my life easier and my work more efficient. I think that emails have a tendency drag out an issue, and have a large potential for miscommunication. Whereas phone calls tend to me more direct and issues can be dealt with faster.

The company Atos, which is just outside of Paris, specializes in global IT services. After an internal study, they found that workers spent about 2 hours a day just managing their email inboxes. This company decided to completely get rid of internal emails. Now, workers can use email to communicate with external customers but they now use an internal social network to communicate with colleagues. 

The reality is that there will always be distractions at work, and they will probably increase as we venture deeper into the digital age. We should also remember that distractions and working under pressure aren't all bad. A little bit of pressure and urgency can actually motivate you to accomplish tasks faster, but it does increase your stress levels.

Check out these books about productivity at work:

Ready for anything        Eliminate chaos at work            All work and no say

                              (also available as an ebook)


Have a happy, healthy and productive day at work!






Careers in NGOs

January 28, 2013 | Elle | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

By Ra

There's always a lot of talk about the merits of working for a for-profit organization; but, what about non-profits? “A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a not-for-profit, voluntary citizens’ group, which is organized on a local, national or international level to address issues in support of the public good. Task-oriented and made up of people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring citizens’ concerns to Governments, monitor policy and program implementation, and encourage participation of civil society stakeholders at the community level.” (Trinity Western University)

If you are interested in working in the non-profit sector – for an NGO or an international organization like UNICEF, have a look at these sites that advertise jobs and provide additional information.

  1. NGO Careers: Provides information gleaned from interviews with people currently working in ngo's. Also lists jobsites, internship sites and links to international ngo's.
  2. Career in NGOs/Civil Society Organizations: Links to many international and domestic organizations that are seeking either volunteers or full term employmees. Also provides information on the work environment.
  3. NGO Recruitment: With two decades' experience in recruiting staff for this sector, this company is a specialist recruitment company. They recruit executive staff for local and international clients.



To further explore our collection of books on NGOs and Nonprofit sector, use our catalogue

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