Vol 8, Issue 1, August 05 2022
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your Weekly Updates & News From WPH!
In this week's edition: Hamilton's Labour Force Information June 2022, HYW Interview Series: Erin Goetz OUT NOW, June 2022 Data, Employer One Survey 2022 Results, Hiring In Hamilton, Happening in the Community (C.A.G. 50th Year Anniversary Event, Women in Technology & Trades, McMaster Program Preview Webinar Series, Workforce Excellence Program, YWCA: Walk A Mile in Their Shoes) News: "How to Explain Résumé Gaps So You Land Your Next Job" and "The Top Reasons People Are Leaving Their Jobs Right Now"
Labour Force June 2022
Review Hamilton's Labour Force Information for June 2022

A slight drop in the unemployment rate, as well as a slight raise in the employment rate, and participation rate
HYW Interview Series: Erin Goetz
Join us in welcoming our next guest in our growing interview series: Erin Goetz!

You can watch the full interview on our Website and Youtube!

June 2022 Data
In June 2022, Hamilton’s Sales and Service occupations made up 24% of the city’s industry breakdown. The city is situated with many small-to-medium sized businesses and enterprises; thus, it is not surprising to see that it also makes up majority of the city’s occupations.

As a hub for many diverse businesses, employment in the Sales and Service occupations helps boost the economy and sets the city apart from other metropolitan areas.
In second place were the occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration which made up 16% of employment. Next were the Trades, Transport and Related occupations and Social Science occupations at 12%.

Employer One Survey 2022
The results are in! For the ninth year in a row Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) has delivered the EmployerOne Survey in partnership with the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development team to develop and distribute the Business Impact Survey. 

Hamilton employers across all industries shared their hiring experiences on the most in-demand jobs in Hamilton and highlighted recruitment, retention and skills concerns. This survey provides a snapshot of how local employers were fairing in the January 2022 labour market. This year 1085 employers completed the EmployerOne survey; 896 employers completed the survey fully (100%). 

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?
St. Joseph's Home Care is currently seeking a Care Coordinating Supervisor

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is currently seeking a First Nations/Metis/Inuit Candidates - Accounts Payable Clerk

VCA Animal Hospitals is currently seeking an Animal Care Attendant

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Happening In The Community!
C.A.G. 50th Year Anniversary Event
Women in Technology & Trades

You’re invited to join the celebration with Mohawk College at the

Women in Technology & Trades
Celebrating The Past And Building Our Future

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

In Person Celebration
Location: Sustainability Roof Top Patio
135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, L9C 0E5
Come celebrate with us to see where we have been and create connections for the way forward.
We request advance registration of attendees.
Refreshments will be provided
Click below to let us know!
With the generous support of RBC, we look forward to having you join us.

Be sure to stay up to date on all of our activity by visiting: www.mohawkcollege.ca/witt

McMaster Program Preview Webinar Series
Sign up for one of our FREE Program Preview and Student Orientation Webinars to explore our wide range of flexible online programs and courses to help you get ahead in your career:
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST

Sign up today and get all your questions answered!

Workforce Excellence Program (WEP)
The Workforce Excellence Program (WEP) is a free interactive, web-based system that connects youth and job seekers with employers and apprenticeship opportunities in order to fill employment gaps in Hamilton, Brantford, Bruce County and Sudbury.

Thanks to support from Ontario’s Skills Development Fund, WEP will enhance pathways to meaningful employment and remove the stigma around working in the trades.

The WorkForce Excellence Program uses innovative and accessible e-learning tools to connect youth and job seekers with apprenticeship opportunities in Brantford, Hamilton, Bruce County and Sudbury.

The WorkForce Excellence Program aims to fill the skilled-trades employment gap to create a resilient and diverse workforce in Ontario.
YWCA 'Walk A Mile in Their Shoes'
A New Name for Walk a Mile

YWCA Hamilton’s policies and practices are rooted in intersectional feminism, safety, equity and accountability. As an organization we continually review, develop and strengthen the ways in which we serve and engage our staff, our clients and our communities.

Our decision to change the name of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to Walk a Mile in Their Shoes is an important one because we know that in addition to women and girls, that Two-Spirit LGBTQIA+ people experience violence at higher rates than anyone else in our Hamilton and Halton communities. It’s our responsibility as an organization and as a community to advocate for all survivors and to help create a Hamilton that’s free of hate and violence. Because everyone deserves to feel safe.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Violence and hate in our community are on the rise. Women, girls, Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people experience violence at higher rates than anyone else in our Hamilton and Halton communities. Last year, 173 women and girls were violently killed in Canada; a devastating increase of the 160 lives lost the year prior.
Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada, and 16 times more likely than white women. We also know that approximately six in ten Indigenous women have experienced some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people experience stigma and discrimination across their life spans, and are often targets of sexual and physical assault, harassment and hate crimes.” Unfortunately, this reality hits close to home.

Walk in solidarity with survivors and help create a Hamilton that’s free of hate and violence. Because everyone deserves to feel safe.

How to Explain Résumé Gaps So You Land Your Next Job
A record number of workers in the U.S. resigned in 2021 during what’s been called The Great Resignation, while Canadians, to a lesser extent, also left workplaces for better-suited ones. Some took sabbaticals to recover from burnout, others quit jobs due to caregiving or childcare responsibilities, while workers in various industries, like tourism and hospitality, lost employment as companies grappled with how to operate during the pandemic. 

Breaks such as these can create “résumé gaps”—periods during your career in which you didn’t hold formal employment. “Gaps tend to be something that people are ashamed or embarrassed of, and people worry that they’re going to be penalized for them,” says Kathryn Meisner, a career and salary-negotiation coach in Toronto. She explains that résumé gaps have traditionally been considered “yellow flags”—an employer may proceed with caution when they see them. That’s why it’s important to clearly communicate the reason for your break and what you did during that time, so that hiring managers aren’t left guessing—and assuming that you were fired for any number of imaginable reasons from your previous role.

The Top Reasons People Are Leaving Their Jobs Right Now
Despite a lot of recession fears, it doesn’t seem like the Great Resignation will be slowing anytime soon. Another 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in May—and a new McKinsey report suggests that 40% of people in the workforce are still very unhappy with their jobs and looking for new opportunities. This is bad news for hiring managers.

“This isn’t just a passing trend, or a pandemic-related change to the labor market,” Bonnie Dowling, one of the report’s authors, told CNBC. “There’s been a fundamental shift in workers’ mentality, and their willingness to prioritize other things in their life beyond whatever job they hold.”

But it isn’t just the desire for remote work or higher pay that’s driving workers to look for new roles. In the McKinsey report, which surveyed more than 12,000 individuals in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, India, and Singapore, 41% said that the lack of opportunity for upward mobility was the number-one reason why they left. 

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