If you are having a difficult time finding a US based job, why not consider Canada? Using an employment agency helps you find a wide selection of jobs in various fields. And an advantage to working in Canada is free universal healthcare.

Canada has a rapidly growing energy sector that needs skilled trade, administrative workers, engineers, and software professionals. From Nova Scotia to Vancouver, Canadian employers are looking for qualified workers.
Canada offers citizens many advantages:

• One of the best education systems in the world
• Salaries exceed those of many other countries
• Canada was recently recognized as having a wealthier middle class than any other country
• Canada was rated as the #1 place to live on the planet by the United Nations
• Canada has one of the highest life expectancies
• Canada has a wealth of cultural and outdoor experiences that rival any other country
• Vancouver was rated the most livable city
• Calgary was rated the most environmentally friendly and cleanest city
• Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America and is a destination for many new Canadian arrivals
• Canada is a multicultural and diverse society

Applying for work in Canada does take a little effort. Canada requires that you apply for a working visa:

• After you receive a job offer from a Canadian employer, the employer will issue a written offer as proof the applicant is ready to enter Canada legally
• The worker must then meet a minimum set of requirements of the job and have documented proof of their experience
• Proof of identity and an application fee are other requirements
• You can learn more about the official working visa requirements at the Government of Canada website

Canada has a great deal to offer, so what are you waiting for?

Canada has a great deal to offer, so what are you waiting for?

The GOP (@gop) and especially the GOP House of Representatives (@houseGOP) under the ‘leadership’ of Speaker John Boehner (@speakerboehner) have performed a remarkable feat of financial destruction to millions of unemployed and especially the long-term job seeker.

While the Senate has passed an extension of unemployment that would last until the end of May, the GOP House has decided to ignore the issue until a multitude of pet legislation is approved. They are tying the approval of the Keystone Pipeline, the gutting of environmental and safety regulations and more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy to any unemployment extension legislation, basically assuring that the long-term unemployed will be left on their own, since the GOP wish list is so vast that any legislation would take many months to go through the approval process.

Currently 2.5 million long-term unemployed have exhausted their 26 weeks of insurance. Each week another 72,000 job seeking American families exhaust their 26 weeks of benefits. How the GOP can so casually ignore so many people who need assistance during the job search is stunning. GOP fights to the point of shutting down government to keep taxes historically low for the mega wealthy, but they are silent when it comes to helping millions of American families that are struggling in a weak job market. GOP priorities remain feed the ich and starve the poor and middle class.

GOP ignore the following damage they are causing for partisan talking points:

In a typical month last year, 2.3 million children lived with a parent who had been unemployed for 26 weeks or longer, according to an updated analysis from the Urban Institute. That represents a threefold increase over how many lived in such a situation in 2007.

Every state has seen a big increase in the percentage of children who are impacted by long-term unemployment over the last six years, but Georgia, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. have the largest shares, with more than 4.5 percent of all children affected. DC is particularly bad, with nearly 7.5 percent of children living with a parent who has been out of work for such a long time.


GOP not only casually ignores the damage done to children of the long-term unemployed, but they also are abandoning soldiers sent into harms way:

The unemployment rate among veterans who had joined the military after September 11, 2001, averaged 9.0 percent last year, down from 9.9 percent in 2012, the Labor Department said. That was about 1.6 percentage points above the rate for the civilian population.

Joblessness among this group is set to worsen as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Pentagon’s proposed budget calls for the U.S. Army to shrink to around 450,000 from a war-time high of 570,000.


And that includes 270,000 long-term unemployed veterans:

Almost 270,000 veterans would benefit from enacting this legislation into law. Veterans are losing this vital lifeline every day. It’s time for the House to act.

See how many unemployed veterans would benefit from the Senate-passed unemployment insurance compromise in your state:

See more at: http://www.dpcc.senate.gov/?p=blog&id=290#sthash.IcwahUPi.dpuf

Yet if a few mega profitable corporations or individuals demanded a tax shelter or favorable legislation, the GOP would be there in a heartbeat to offer their assistance. When it comes to assisting children and veterans? Not so much. All you can hear form the GOP House when it comes to helping children and veterans financially harmed by the damage of long-term unemployment is the sound of crickets.

The Twitter #RenewUI hashtag contains those who are fighting the GOP integrisense on extending unemployment insurance. Show your support for their efforts to extend a financial lifeline to milions of hard working Americans and their families.

Republican interest in helping the long-term unemployed.

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

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layofflist on December 4th, 2013

The following is a guest post from Kimberly Green that was originally published at http://www.onlinecolleges.net/career-resources/surviving-layoffs . The job market is a difficult path for many graduates in a sluggish economy and those with jobs still have the fear of layoffs hanging over their heads. Kimberly’s article offers some suggestions on how to best traverse a layoff. Hopefully after reading this article, you have a better understanding of what you need to do in the event of a layoff. Being prepared for a layoff can be as important as being prepared for a new job.

The Recent Grand’s Guide to Surviving Layoffs

The unemployment rate in the U.S., while much improved since its peak in 2009, is still quite high. Job losses are frequently due to layoffs that have nothing to do with job performance and everything to do with reducing an organization’s headcount. Companies are continuing to tighten their belts, laying off entire departments or offshoring labor to other countries.

A layoff can be hard to not take personally, particularly for a young professional in their first job. Ultimately, the formerly-employed who do find other jobs follow similar practices in their quest for new employment. Some even take the opportunity to change directions in their careers, or to dip their toes in the waters of an entirely new industry.


The loss of a salary is often the first thing that leaps to mind when individuals are laid off. While it isn’t necessary to build a cardboard tent, there are several steps that you should take right away in order to maintain financial security until you find another job. If your job loss was unexpected, your first instinct may be to bolt out of the office; however, you really need to ask some questions first.

  • Most companies offer some sort of severance package. Know the details of your severance, how long it lasts, and what percentage of your salary you will receive.
  • Understand where you stand with health benefits. If your benefits aren’t continued, investigate your eligibility and costs for COBRA.
  • Ask about your pension or 401(k) account. Do you have access to it? How so?
  • Inquire whether you’ll be compensated for unused vacation or sick days.

Once you understand the details of your separation from the company, you can take some immediate next steps:

1. File for Unemployment Benefits

  • Who is Eligible? Any U.S. worker who has been laid off for reasons unrelated to performance is eligible for unemployment benefits. Generally, you will lose unemployment benefits if you return to school, though there are rare exceptions.
  • What are the Benefits? Until you find a new job or are enrolled in school your unemployment benefit can supplement your income. The amount you receive is generally based on how long you worked and how much you earned. Most states pay unemployment up to a maximum of 26 weeks. These federal funds are allocated by individual states; your state will confirm with your former employer that you were laid off and not fired.
  • How Can I Apply? Contact your state’s unemployment office. In most states you can apply fully online and start receiving benefits within four to six weeks.

2. Apply for COBRA

  • Who is Eligible? Anyone who was previously enrolled in a COBRA-qualified employer health plan can extend their coverage through this program. There are a few limitations, (the major one being that the employer group plan is still active). You can read about them on the DOL’s COBRA FAQ page. Continuation periods are usually limited to 18 months after your separation with the company.
  • What are the Benefits? COBRA entitles you to pay a discounted group rate for the same health coverage provided by your former employer. Coverage rates will be more expensive than they are for active employees. Annual costs average at $2,200 for individuals and close to $5,000 for families. This sounds expensive, but in the short-term it can save you money until you find a comparable individual plan or gain coverage through a new employer. Plans cover everything that your former plan may have:
    • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
    • Physician care
    • Surgery and other major medical procedures
    • Prescription drugs
    • Dental and vision
  • How Can I Apply? Ask your employer’s human resources department to receive the COBRA election form. They will be required to provide this to you within 30 days of your request. After that, you have 60 days to file for continuation. If you’re concerned about receiving these forms or want them earlier, you can contact the Department of Labor’s COBRA offices.

3. Square Away Your 401k

  • Who is Eligible? Anyone enrolled in a 401k sponsored by a former employer.
  • What are the Options? You usually have four 401k options when you leave a company:
    • You can leave the fund in the former employer’s plan
    • Roll the fund into a new employer plan
    • Put it into an IRA
    • Cash it out
  • What are the Benefits? The best advice here is to avoid cashing out. Not only will you pay a 10% penalty at the time you withdraw your funds, but you’ll also end up paying an additional 10% on tax day. If you can get by without the money now, you’ll earn more by keeping the cash in an investment vehicle like a rollover IRA or a new employer-based retirement plan once it comes along.
  • How Can I Rollover? Contact the former plan administrator immediately and discuss your options and any deadlines involved with your rollover. Not all employers will offer you the option to maintain your 401k plan. If they send you a distribution check, you have 60 days to roll this cash into an IRA or else you will be subject to penalties as if you’d cashed out yourself. The key is to be proactive about talking to your old company and getting the cash that you’ve earned rolled into the best possible investment vehicle you have access to.

4. Assess Your Expenses

  • Budget: Calculate how long you can make ends meet without a salary. Cut out all unnecessary expenses; now is the time to make your own coffee, cook at home, and findcheap entertainment.
  • Student Loans: Find out if you qualify for a forbearance that will defer your payments for a while.
  • Other Debt: Contact your creditors if you’re having trouble meeting obligations; often companies are happy to work with you if you contact them and are forthcoming about your job situation. Resist the urge to live on credit; accumulating debt without a foreseeable way to pay it off is a dangerous move. In worst-case scenarios, it may be in your best interest to take a job in retail or food service; while you may not love the work, you are generating income and not debt.
  • Ask for Help: Lastly, if you are young and single (or perhaps if you are not), there is no great shame in living with family until you get back on your feet. Remember that while job loss is traumatizing, it’s temporary.

5. Obtain Additional Education

  • Certification Program: For some college grads, the sudden free time can make pursuing more education an attractive solution. If finances and your personal circumstances permit, you may take this opportunity to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in your industry. Additional certifications will build on the experience you already have and make you a more competitive candidate for a new position.
  • Graduate School: Some master’s programs require students to have worked in the industry before returning to school; viewed positively, this could be a golden opportunity. Full-time graduate students may defer student loan obligations and may also be eligible for more financial aid. Attending an online school may also be an attractive option. While you earn additional credentials on your own schedule, the flexibility afforded by online study allows you to conduct a job search and schedule interviews during the day. Finally, many community colleges offer free or discounted classes to unemployed students.
  • Federal Job Training Programs: The federal government has resources in place for unemployed individuals to acquire additional training. Funds that assist dislocated workers are available through CareerOneStop, a service provided by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Eligible dislocated workers are mentored by Career Center Counselors who can direct you to free training in many fields. Certifications, apprenticeships and professional licensing may be earned, any of which can increase your employability.CareerOneStop also offers ajob matching tool that not only identifies new positions that match your previous skill set, but also provides wage data, links to job openings and links to training that would increase your likelihood of getting each job. Funding for these programs is limited and must be applied for within 15 weeks of your last day at work.The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is designed to assist workers who lost their jobs due to changes in imports to the U.S., offshoring of labor, or business changes identified as trade-injured by the International Trade Commission. Workers in the TAA program have access to up to 130 weeks of career training, skills assessments and mentoring. Reimbursement for travel to interviews and relocation is also available. And, if you are over 50 and your new job pays you less than $50,000 annually, you may be eligible for temporary wage subsidies. Checkyour state’s allocation of TAA funding.

6. Stay Active in Your Industry

  • Use Your Former Employer as a Resource: While it may seem counterintuitive, staying in contact with your former employer can unearth opportunities to network that you may not have expected. Ask if outplacement services are offered, and follow up if so. Request reference letters from former supervisors, and ask for extended use of your company-issued laptop or Blackberry while you job-search. This may seem intimidating; however, the worst thing they can say is “no.”
  • Tap Into Your Network: Reach out to friends and colleagues and explain your situation in simple terms; there is no social stigma to being laid off and no need to be embarrassed. Using social media tools can help you reach people you otherwise would never have met, particularly the networking site LinkedIn. Consider joining a job search club, or create your own from former co-workers in the same situation. Meet weekly to exchange ideas and hold each other accountable for sending out resumes.
  • Be an Industry Insider: If cost is not prohibitive, attend industry events like conferences, trade shows or seminars. You will continue to build your contact list, keep your face in front of people who have the potential to hire you, and learn new skills at the same time. If you’re not already a member of a professional association in your field, now is the time to join one; many of them offer job boards as member benefits.
  • Continue to Read, Research, and Learn: As you search for new employment, keep up on industry news by subscribing to trade publications or attending association meetings. Look for newly published books in your field, and make yourself aware of technological advances in the industry. If a new software application is making the rounds, take a class and learn to use it while you job-hunt.

7. Create Opportunities to Gain Work Experience

  • Part-Time Work: Consider part-time work, possibly from the company that laid you off in the first place. The concept of Survivor Demotions often doesn’t occur to employers; if you’re about to lose your salaried position, ask if you can take a demotion to a lower-level job in the company or perform your old job on a part-time basis. It’s likely you’ll have more time on your hands to job-search if you’re working in a less-demanding capacity than before, and you’ll still be employed.
  • Work Share: In some states, companies that are downsizing are willing to implement work-sharing programs. Rather than eliminating jobs in the workforce, these companies reduce the hours and benefits of a group of workers. These workers are still eligible for partial unemployment insurance, and therefore don’t experience a loss in income until unemployment resources end.
  • Contract Positions: Temporary or contract positions also provide experience and help you meet new people in influential positions; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of contract positions increased by 73% after 2009. Employers benefit from these short-term offerings because they are not required to provide health insurance or paid holidays to these employees. If one of these opportunities becomes available, take it and continue your job search until you find a permanent position.
  • Volunteer: Using your unique skills in a volunteer position can increase your networking opportunities while you perform a good deed. Unpaid internships may also lead to new business contacts or a full-time position. Consulting is also a popular choice for those with enough industry knowledge; in fact, some workers find so much success in consulting that it becomes a full-time career.

Ultimately, it’s important to see a layoff as an opportunity rather than a catastrophe. But in order to free your mind to think about where you want to go next, take care of the few financial details within your control.Once some of the financial pressures are off your back, you can start looking for a new job. Gather professional references, update your resume, and do some serious thinking about what you did or didn’t like about your old job and what you really want from a new one. If you stay connected, keep your skills sharp and knowledge relevant, a new opportunity may present itself sooner than you think.

Thank you for that timeless information.