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Information for Job Seekers

The OWIP Approach – what can I expect?

STEP 1: Intake

  • Fill out the Intake Form
  • Come in to the OWIP office (2 Simcoe Street South, unit 500 – CIBC building at the corner of King & Simcoe, Oshawa) and meet with the Employment Coordinator.
  • This meeting with take approximately one hour. You will fill out the necessary paperwork for Service Canada, and answer a few questions. This will give OWIP staff a starting point on how best to serve you.
  • After a few days, you will be contacted about eligibility. Another appointment will be made to start your Employment Action Plan.

STEP 2: Employment Action Plan

  • You will meet with OWIP staff to determine a plan of action to help you prepare for employment. This is your Employment Action Plan (EAP), which you will continue to use throughout the process.
  • Each EAP varies depending on the needs/defined goals of each client.
  • OWIP staff will provide guidance and feedback to support you in achieving your goals.
  • Your commitment to finding employment is crucial; employment is not guaranteed and success if heavily impacted by your motivation, commitment to participation, and attitude.

STEP 3: Career Decision Making & Pre-Employment Supports

  • You may participate in group and one-on-one workshops.
  • These meetings are based on the individual needs and goals identified in your EAP.
  • Such sessions may include:
    • resume and cover letter updating
    • self-esteem building
    • accommodation training
    • disability rights and responsibilities training
    • interview preparation
    • communication skills
    • and many more

STEP 4: Job Searching & Job Development

  • When you’re ready, you will meet with the Job Developer to discuss your employment goals and job search strategies.
  • With the support of the Job Developer, you will led your own job search process.
  • Job Developers support you during the job search process and advocate on your behalf with employers when requested.
  • In some cases, wage subsidy and work experience opportunities may be available

Contact OWIP Employment Specialist, Maddie Longo at mlongo@ccrw.org for more information or to book an intake appointment.

 

 

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