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5 Ways to Prepare For The Inevitable Jobless You

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It is 2017, we’ve had so many advances and changes take place in our world over the last decade, both positive and negative. Gone are the days where you would train and educate yourself in one particular field; work it for 40 years and retire with a sizable saving. Our landscape for work now is vastly complicated and different to those that have gone before us. For most millennials (born between 1977 to 1997), jobs are usually talked about in the plural because you will probably hold between 15-20 different ones in your entire working life (Forbes, 2012).

Many times, you may have made a voluntary decision to switch between jobs, other times it may be less a decision of your own and more to do with the economy. Whatever the reason may be, you will likely experience having to walk away from your position at some point in your lifetime. Here are 5 ways to prepare for that inevitable jobless situation.


  1. Save Money. Like many people in your life have probably told you before (likely your parents), try to save money as much as you can! According to the Canadian Payroll Association in 2014, nearly half of all working Canadians are living from paycheck to paycheck! In his book Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsay talks about always having an emergency fund. A $1000 if you have debt, just in case something like a tire were to blow, and you had to deal with that. If there is no debt, you should save and set aside three to six months of your living expenses. This ensures that you always have a backup plan and that things are always taken care of should something like this happen. To learn more about these plans, as they differ for each person, read Total Money Makeover.
  2. Constantly have your resume and cover letter updated. Whenever you so happen to be working on a new project, learn a new skill or get promoted to a new role, add it in to your resume. This not only make things easier for you to track in the long run, but it also makes freshening up your resume that much easier when you need to start applying for jobs. Refer to this post to get tips on maintaining your resume, and this one for your cover letters.
  3. Make sure you know your benefits. Take the time to know what it looks like to apply for Employment Insurance or other assistance when you are unemployed. There are many services that are out there that can help you get your affairs in order, but just as important is making sure that you know what things you need to keep organized in your life prior to this situation. Such as what bills you have to pay, loans, credit cards, membership fees, etc. You should look into what kind of employment benefits are available to you post employment, some companies may offer counselling as well. Knowing these things ahead of time will make it easier and less stressful for you later on down the road.
  4. Always be networking and build genuine connections. As Gary Vaynerchuk would say, “51/49!”, provide more value than the other person.  When you build relationships based on that principle, where you are constantly looking out for everyone around you, it makes it very easy for people around you to look out for you as well. Just be sure that you are genuine in your interactions. It can be very easy to view this as a tactic, rather than a standard way of conducting yourself with other human beings. If you do not genuinely care to want to help others, this tip might not be for you. Make sure you know your heart is in the right place before implementing this into your life.
  5. Evaluate all your decisions. I was once told that you are always one or two decisions away from making the worst decision of your life. If you are anything like me, where you enjoy making spur of the moment decisions, or you have a tendency to say “f*** it, who cares,” maybe take some time to consider the consequences of your choices. Think things through so that you are left with no regrets later on, even if in that moment, it feels so right.

Being without a job is no fun, but being without a job and without a plan is even worse! Hopefully, this helps prepare you for that inevitable joblessness. Next week we will bring together a list of books that have been hand selected by Season One of our Podcast for building a successful you. As always, be sure to leave a comment if you know of more tips and tricks on this topic.

Randy Jacob

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Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles

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The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.


Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.

Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.

The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.

Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!

So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.

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Local Love for Local Laundry

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​As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.

From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.

I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.


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The Local Collection features a variety of styles that serve to connect. As a born and raised Calgarian who’s lived in YYC her whole life, this is brilliant. I say this because there’s no doubt in my mind that as Canadian’s we can be quick to support people outside of our realm. Don’t get me wrong, this is not bad— it’s defintely in our caring nature. However, we can’t forget the talent that we possess within the true north strong and free. In addition to that, it’s also a positive impact on our economy and keeps our communities unique. What more could you ask for?
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The Local Crewneck— Local Laundry Apparel
In Frame: @StyledByTiwaa | Photo Series Shot by: The Salt Co. 
Click here to order yours online!

Supporting local businesses is beyond important. A fine majority of clothes are being internationally made, LL is home. The internet provides access to a worldwide web of choices, so let Local Laundry be your first.
Shopping locally is an act of respect. I can guarantee it probably takes more than an arm and a leg to set up small business. And showing your support is another way to acknowledge the challenges and tribunals orchestrated to get them where they are now. Not only that, this is a major movement in the Canadian clothing industry and a reduction to the carbon footprint. Look good, feel good, AND preserve our land? I’m happy.
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LL Pocket Tee — Local Laundry Apparel
In Frame: @StyledByTiwaa | Photo Series Shot by: The Salt Co.
Click here to order yours online!

More importantly, you can feel the care and the quality. This was evidently felt the moment I put on The Local Crewneck. “70% cotton, 30% polyester fleece and 100% sourced”…completely true to their promise. Not only that, with their new Local Collection it’s gives a unique spin to which allows you demonstrate your own personal styling. Every city has it’s own design. And for that reason it’s easy to tell that this brand is a reflection of Canada… A homegrown company where their work is literally a reflection of themselves. That speaks volumes.
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The world is becoming increasingly homogenized…rep your city, rep your country, rep your neighbourhood. Stay local. 

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