by Annie Sun, Employment Support Worker at NYCH

When it comes to a job search and career exploration, one of the most important factors to consider is the core foundation of what is important for you. What is that thing that causes you to wake up in the morning, stretch your stretches and say, "This is why I'm alive!"

photo by Ian Schneider

photo by Ian Schneider

Before writing a resume, or beginning any process in your job search, it is important to identify what your passions are, and what you love and enjoy. This will help you create an authentic intention, and a purpose that is aligned with who you are. Once this step is complete, the resume, job search process, and even interviewing and networking will be a breeze - because you'll be speaking from your heart and from your authentic being. 

First of all, it is important to identify your value system. What are the values that matter most for you? Is it money? Is it material? Is it humanitarian? Politics? Animals? Art? There are so many possibilities, and once we create the space to discover and to align ourselves with our purpose and what we want, everything will fall into place. It will be easy, natural and effortless. The universe will work with us in letting it happen - versus us making it happen by forcing an outcome and pushing to achieve a goal when we are not all the way clear on what it is.

Happiness is connected to us living as our authentic selves, as our true being. Success follows happiness. Imagine, if you got up every day doing what you loved, what would life be like? It wouldn't feel like work, but play with purpose. You would be able to effectively contribute to the world and your community fully. You would be energized and motivated to be creative and innovative. You would become a leader and a pioneer. These are some of the many possibilities when we follow our dreams!

Like anything, it takes a village, and we cannot do it alone. But there are support services available. At North York Community House, we provide counselling services and guidance to help you discover who you are and what matters most to you, and create plans of action to support you in getting there.

For more information, you can contact Annie at 647-205-9070 or via email at You can also register for one-on-one employment support services or attend our monthly group workshops to get one step closer to your ultimate career goal!