More than 6,000 people looking for help to cope with job loss have turned to www.lostmyjob.ca in its first year.
Lostmyjob was launched a year ago by Workforce Planning Hamilton and the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. Soon after, six other workforce planning boards from Niagara to Windsor began supporting the website. Local organizations across the Hamilton region have also stepped up to promote the website to their clients.
"This site helps with the emotional side of losing a job," states Judy Travis, executive director of Workforce Planning Hamilton. "It's a sign of the times that we have been going through economically and socially in the past few years. So many people are out of work for the first time and really need support dealing with the social and emotional upheaval they and their families are experiencing. It is sad to see so much unemployment but fortunately there is a lot of help out there."
Lostmyjob is not a job search site. Instead, the website focuses on information and advice to help people cope with the emotional rollercoaster ride of job loss and get back on their feet. Lostmyjob also showcases the success stories of people who have started new careers or their own business.
Stories have covered:
• Unlocking the hidden job market;
• Tips for the shy job seeker;
• Talking to your kids about job loss;
• Benefits and dangers of social media;
• Staying positive in your job search;
• Money management after job loss.
Lostmyjob.ca lists 1,000 services and supports in communities across southern and southwestern Ontario. Listings include everything from employment services to budget counselling, family counselling, income supports, food banks, and educational opportunities.