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Self-employment is something that I’ve always been attracted to and I thought I would look at some of the workshops and supports that are available for people who venture along this route.

Last month I attended a pre-self-employment workshop at Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Centre. The ever dynamic facilitator, Kari Drouin, started things off by asking participants to introduce themselves and make their pitch. Some of the people are close to launching a business, some are naturally drawn to it, and others are exploring the option. The presentation also covered the benefits and demands of self-employment, assessing whether you have what it takes, researching your idea and market viability, and resources for people who decide to go this route. As always, it was a useful, informative and stimulating workshop.

One of the local resources is the OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre. I had heard about the centre while at the Art of the Start presentations a few days earlier. “The Centre aims to promote Ottawa’s economy, through the development of products and services that encourage entrepreneurship and support business growth.” They provide workshops, seminars, consultations and a variety of information resources. Earlier this week I checked out two of their free seminars.

The first was on presenting yourself and the seven seconds you have to make a positive first impression. According to Julie Blas Comeau of Etiquette Julie the top five keys to making a good impression are your punctuality, posture, eye-contact, smile, and handshake. She also provided tips about greetings and remembering names. One of her slides noted Mehrabian’s rule of face-to-face communication – I’ve come across this before at Toastmasters and in books but wasn’t familiar with who’s rule it was – which is that 55% of communication is non-verbal, 38% is verbal, and 7% is vocal. In other words, people react mostly to your body language, then your tonal variety, and leastly to what you actually say.

The second seminar was on preparing proposals and was presented by Keith Parker of The Proposal Centre. The presentation was intended for small and mid-sized businesses who bid on work; however, in my job search I’ve come across the occasional ad which asks for an RFP so I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about what a proposal is. According to Keith, it’s a blend of art and science in which you have to identify the right opportunities, know when to make or not make a bid, address the questions, make your proposal compelling, and deliver it on time.

The latent entrepreneur in me found the seminars quite interesting. The Centre is definitely an excellent resource. There are also a wide variety of social groups around that provide entrepreneurs with an opportuntiy to connect, network, share ideas, get advice and other supports to help along the self-employed path.

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I’m a job seeker. What I expected to be a two or three week process has gone on for over two years. That’s longer than many of my paid jobs lasted.

My current journey has led me along the interview road to a few pretty awesome positions, including the closest I’ve ever been to a dream job, and a handful of ones that didn’t excite me but most of which would be preferable to my current condition. I’ve been shut out of the “survival” job category, which I had expected to be a good career transition option. During this process I’ve read books and articles, attended workshops, and implemented some of the strategies I’ve found along the way.

Lately, I’ve been going to the workshops at Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Centre. If you live in Ottawa and are looking for work I recommend checking them out. Kari Drouin, the employment trainer at PQCHC, is a high energy presenter. Last week she delivered a workshop on The Effective Job Search. Effective means working smarter not harder and you do this by engaging in a variety of proactive strategies. Proactive is the key concept and involves making yourself known. A couple days later I attended a workshop by Len Fardella of Peter’s New Jobs. This upbeat Google & You workshop focused on building your Internet presence, as the title implies, and interacting in the virtual networking world.

The concept of networking isn’t new to me; however, the workshops offer fresh insight and motivation for a search that’s feeling a little stale.

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