Summer perspectives
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Should I keep job searching in the summer, or take a break?

The answer is yes, and yes! Why not do both?

I get it, summer is very short in Calgary and I know it's especially important to take advantage of the vitamin D, longer warm days, and green spaces while you can. This is good for us physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Before you throw the job search strategy into the winter mitts basket, it is helpful to contemplate some reasons why hiring slows down during the summer and what you can do about it to your advantage:

1. Hiring decision makers are on vacation. Often senior managers stagger their breaks with other decision makers so it simply takes longer to get consensus on anything and everything. Stay patient but vigilant. Don't hold back on other opportunities if they look like a good fit. 

2. Budgeting cycles and fiscal year end may just coincide with the summer (e.g. university academic year end cycles), and maybe no money in the pot... just yet. Understand your target organization, their project lifecycle and emerging needs. Use informational interviews (i.e. research in person!) to dig deeper. Even though the upcoming budget may not be approved for, you may still be able to position yourself into the planning process. 

3. Seasonal businesses may be in full swing in the summer months (or gone fishing) and don't have time for hiring or training cycles. The same could be said for various oil & gas projects depending on the particular phase and stage of the work being done at that point in time. Maybe you have a unique set of skills and experience that applies to that particular "season" (so to speak). Again, it helps to understand your target company to anticipate their needs and tailor a personalized approach to make it easy and convincing that hiring you at this time will help them with their current cycles. 

4. Summer mentality, "I'll get around to it later". More people are relaxed, less people look for work. Great! With less competition you have better odds of standing out. Look at summer events as an opportunity for networking and meeting people in a more relaxed setting. Choose a summer activity that aligns with your personal interest/musical tastes/curiosity and volunteer for a shift or more. If you want to meet hiring decision makers look to the board. These new connections and experiences from volunteering serve the community and provide you with some cheap summer entertainment in the short term, and may provide invaluable opportunities down the road.  

For many people the struggle with coming to terms with being Laid Off still lingers. For some this is an entirely new landscape of figuring out how to market yourself, or simply how to structure your day when unemployed.

If you haven't already done so, please check out the links on the website -> we have a resources section and also the private Facebook group page is a place where members ask questions, share and connect freely with each other (respecting our posted Community Agreements). 

Looking for our Summer Schedule?

Our support group meetings will still be held in July and August, but on a reduced schedule to meet demand as it arises, and also to give our facilitators a break. Please see below for the list of upcoming meetings. Anytime you can search "Laid Off Calgary" in eventbrite for the current published meetings. Please always register if you are interested in attending and no problem to cancel prior (just let us know) so we can make sure we accommodate everyone. 
Tuesday July 25, 2017 1.30-3pm Overcoming Adversity with Melinda Devine.
About Melinda: Adventure travel is a passion and she was lucky enough to travel to over 40 countries spending time riding through desert on camels and camping in the Himalaya’s. Strong connection with her ancestral roots she balances the gifts of being a Metis person within her everyday. Melinda believes in serving her community as much as possible and is currently a volunteer member with the Red Cross Disaster Management Team for Calgary. She is also a licensed Primary Care Paramedic, and facilitates Wellness Workshops.
Tuesday July 27, 2017 12.30-2pm Group Coaching with Jacqueline Moore.
We are privileged to have the wisdom, compassion and experience of Jacqueline Moore, certified coach, working with our groups in NW Calgary. Some participants attend with a particular question or concern in mind, some people are looking for a little motivational boost, others are just curious what these meetings are about...Jacqueline helps make everyone feel welcome and to leave with a tangible and personalized action plan. 
Tuesday August 1, 2017 9.30-11am - Using the library job search resources.
We hosted a similar meeting in April with lots of positive feedback and we've asked to collaborate again with the Calgary Public Library. In this Laid Off Calgary meeting we will learn how the Calgary Public Library can help you with your job search and make the transition to employment (or other pathways!) more productive and enjoyable. The meeting will be co-facilitated by a Calgary Library information specialist.
Tuesday August 8, 2017 1.30-3pm - Reframe your Job Description with Clint White.
Clint is a personal development, leadership and executive coach. Clint’s mission is: Inspiring people to live deliberately to realize their true potential.Clint’s philosophy recognizes that you have within you both the potential to realize your dreams, and the answers on how to achieve them. Prior to becoming a Certified Coach, Clint worked in the energy industry for over 25 years as a finance leader and executive.

About our meetings 

Our meetings are facilitated peer support group sessions. Highly interactive, engaging, positive and interesting learning opportunities. Newcomers and past participants are welcome in all meetings. Please register for each meeting you wish to attend. You may find more value in consistently attending a regular meeting time each week to be able to get to know and network with others and build upon themes from each meeting. Still not sure how it works? Check out the graphic below, or visit our website here for more info. 

Peer support group meetings are held at different locations depending on the date and time and are always free. Find us on Eventbrite (search for Laid Off Calgary) to find a meeting and register! Add yourself to the waitlist if you see the registration is full for the week. There are often last minute changes.

For Laid Off Calgary information (connection, peer support, resources and inspiration) please visit

If you are looking for someone to talk to right now, or anytime day or night please contact the Distress Centre 403.266.HELP (4357). 

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