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Working Wise - Help for Laid Off Albertans

Dear Working Wise,

I got laid off a few months ago and I want to find another job as fast as possible. Considering the slowdown in the oil patch, I’m wondering if I should try to find a similar job or see what else is out there.
Signed, Lost After Layoff

June 14, 2016

Dear Lost,

It can be hard to know where to begin when you’re suddenly laid off—especially when your whole sector is under pressure—but a good starting point is your local Alberta Works Centre.

Alberta Works Centres are job-search centres staffed by Career and Employment Consultants.

There are 51 Alberta Works Centres located across the province offering free

  • Job Fairs
  • Employment consultations
  • Job-market forecasts/trends/statistics
  • Resumé and job-interview workshops
  • Information on careers and training options
  • Job-search tools, including computers and photocopiers

Visit the Alberta Works Centre nearest you.

The ALIS website is another helpful resource for job seekers and career explorers.

You don’t even have to leave your house to access these alis resources:

You can also get career and job search advice over the phone. Call the Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 (780-422-4266 in Edmonton). The hotline is staffed by career advisors weekdays 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Once you decide what kinds of jobs to search for, check out Alberta’s largest job bank: the Canada-Alberta Job Bank. The job bank features job-search, job-match, and job-alert services to help make finding your next job simpler and easier.

Job fairs are another great way to find unadvertised jobs and sell yourself to employers. The Alberta Government hosts and supports dozens hiring events every year. Check out this list of upcoming job fairs.

And news of upcoming local job fairs can be sent straight to your social media feed if you “Like” your local Alberta Works jobs Facebook page.

Losing your job can difficult, but emotional support is available, including

All of these services for Albertans affected by layoffs are available on the Alberta Community and Social Services website.

Good luck!

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Working Wise is a syndicated newspaper column prepared by the Government of Alberta to answer work-related questions from Albertans. Do you have a work-related question? You can send it to Charles Strachey (charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca), a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services.

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