13th Edition:

The Current Economy


This edition of Assist In Your Community will focus on
opportunities and dealing effectively with change in the current economy.


It Is What It Is

By Robert Hawkes, QC


"...all stress is self-generated. All of it. Stress doesn't arise from what happens; rather we experience stress from how we perceive what happens or what we believe may happen."
For full article, click here.

Pay It Back - Now More Than Ever

By Maryanne Forrayi
University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Students are worried about the economy, and the pressure of finding an articling position weighs heavily on them. Even the smallest opportunity can help a young professional starting out.

For full article, click here.

7 Ways to Turn Job Loss Into Opportunity

1. Think About Your Brand

  • After a job elimination, it is a good idea to maintain a healthy personal brand, especially if you worked hard to build it
  • Ensure that your team is set up for success for when you leave
  • Thank and/or treat your colleagues that you have learned from. This helps to maintain strong relationships

2. Own It

  • There is nothing to be embarrassed about
  • Share what you are going through with the people you love and trust - finding that you can be honest can make you fell more confident that your situation is okay
  • Ask for the support you need; don't try to shoulder the stress of job loss alone
  • Keep your family in the loop

3. Reconnect With Yourself

  • Revisit the things you like about yourself, including skills, personality traits, accomplishments, and successes, to remind yourself of your strengths
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people, who build you up and support your plan

4. Plan; Don't Panic

  • Think about what you want to do, not what you feel comfortable doing
  • Start small: Start with one job-search activity a day, and build it up
  • Tip: Create a spreadsheet with names of people you would like to meet with, and fill in notes and details
  • Click here for networking tips

5. Practice Your Pitch

  • Don't hide that your job has been eliminated, and instead use this as an opportunity to tell your story with confidence (because of the economic downturn, job eliminations have touched most everyone in some way)
For more, click here.

Better Ways to Support

Colleagues Facing Job Loss

By Marcela Sierra


Caring about people around you when you don't necessarily know them that well on a personal level can be awkward. It's worth the risk because being there for a colleague can lead to making a friend.

For full article, click here.

A Recession Coping Guide for

Canadian Law Firms

By Janice Mucalov

The legal profession is feeling the effects of the economic downturn, but there are steps you can take to lessen the impact.

For full article, click here.


The Challenge of Change

By Brian Forbes, Ph.D, R.Psych
Head of Forbes Psychological Services

Change shakes us to the very core. It means letting go of the way we are and moving in a new direction. 

Learn how to adjust to change with a positive perspective.



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