The unemployment rate in Toronto was 8.9% in July 2011 according to Statistics Canada. This was the second highest unemployment rate among all eleven Ontario economic regions (The highest was London, Ontario at 9.3%) If you are among those who are unemployed, the Toronto Reference Library may be able to help you in your search.
The Business, Science & Technology Department has a large career book collection on the 3rd floor, and many can now be borrowed. There are books on writing resumes, interviewing techniques and much more.
The Toronto Reference Library hosts career and job searching workshops. Check What's On regularly for listings city wide.
Don’t forget to check out the tours called "Are You Looking for a Job?". Find out the resources that are available in the Business, Science & Technology Department on September 10th from 10-11 a.m. and on September 27th from 7-8 p.m. No registration is required.
For many more tips why not try the Toronto Public Library website’s Find Your Way to Job & Career Help. There are frequent blog postings and listings for workshops all over the city.
And for those of you who would like to start your own small business, don't forget to investigate Business Inc. offered by the Toronto Public Library in conjunction with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Business Development Centre. The next orientaion session is on September 8th. Two of the nine modules will be presented by librarians on how to conduct research. Read more about it in the Toronto Star's Moneyville.
If you need a helping hand to make sense of it all perhaps you should try our Book a Librarian service. Book a Librarian using our online form (phone information is also listed) ahead of time to explain your situation in detail and he or she will pull together some resources tailored to your specific needs. The appointment is free. Whether you are just starting out to look for a job, changing careers or starting a small business, their experience in identifying resources and finding alternatives will help you on your way.
And of course, you can always come in person to 789 Yonge Street and ask at the information desk on the 3rd floor!