Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, September 29, 2008

Photojournalist James Nachtwey's TEDPrize Story Breaks 3 October



Watch James Nachtwey as he makes his TED Prize wish:


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I'm a slow reader myself ...

This usually means that borrowing from the library is out because I can't read a book in the time allowed. And then there are those fines.

On the other hand I do like books. But buying them can be expensive. Although this is not the usual line of this blog I thought I might mention some sources I have found for used books.

For most of these just follow the link and then enter the information available to you, such as the book title or author.

A libris

Chapters Indigo : In this case you might wish to click on the 'advanced search' link first.

Abe Books

Amazon in Canada : Here you should search for the book that you want then click on the link that mentions 'used & new.'

Recycled Reading

Incidentally I looked for and found Vance Peavy's famous book about constructivist counselling on each of these sites and noticed a great range of prices. As any real shopper would tell you it pays to look around.



And, for those deprived of a familiarity with Blackadder here's a quotation from one of the programmes that explains the title of this blog item. Dr Johnson (Robbie Coltrane), the Great Lexicographer, meets the Prince of Wales (Hugh Laurie), introduced by Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Apparently the Prince of Wales was a lot like me.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dig Deeper Interviews

We all know from experience how difficult it is to match people to jobs—or to be matched successfully to a job, for that matter. That’s why I enjoy reading Lou Adler’s advice and why I’ve just added his blog to my blogroll.

Here's one of my favourite articles, Random Chance and How Managers Make Faulty Hiring Decisions. From what I have seen interviewers usually fail to follow up on the questions they ask of job candidates. They need to feel the material and give it a stretch. Adler tells you how.

And incidentally, if you found my previous blog item somewhat perplexing I've added a sentence or two near the end. I hope they help.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wash Your Hands First

No, I'm not referring to occasions like this. (You wash your hands after these.) I mean something else.

You know how some employment counsellors advise job seekers to wash their hands in warm water and then dry them thoroughly just before interviews? Well I suspect that there's now a scientific explanation of a kind for this.

The psychological phenomenon that might explain the benefits of washing your hands first is often associated with Dr John Bargh of Yale and it's called priming. See if you agree with me. If you get the chance watch the BBC programme "Horizon: How to Make Better Decisions" which contains a segment about priming. If you can't do that then see the highlights here.

In essence, if an interviewer is asked to hold a hot drink before they meet a job candidate then they will view that candidate favorably; if they are asked to hold a cold drink then they will oppose hiring the candidate. Wash your hands in warm water before your interview. Don't be flushed away.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Job Ad Counts for August 2008

This table summarises advertisements that appeared on the Job Bank in August for Brantford and area, Hamilton and area and Niagara and area.

There were, for instance, 182 vacancies of one kind or another for ‘Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks’, as usual the group in greatest demand. There were also 57 for ‘Customer Service, Information and Related Clerks’.

More detailed reports indicating, say, summaries of compensation levels offered or of education levels demanded, are obviously possible. Let me know what you would find useful!


182 advertisements
6421 Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks

102 advertisements
9619 Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities

98 advertisements
6242 Cooks

89 advertisements
6453 Food and Beverage Servers

85 advertisements
6661 Light Duty Cleaners

76 advertisements
6641 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations

66 advertisements
7411 Truck Drivers

57 advertisements
1453 Customer Service, Information and Related Clerks

50 advertisements
7452 Material Handlers

44 advertisements
1414 Receptionists and Switchboard Operators

43 advertisements
6411 Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)

41 advertisements
7414 Delivery and Courier Service Drivers

40 advertisements for each of the following :
6471 Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators
7611 Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers

39 advertisements
1411 General Office Clerks

37 advertisements for each of the following :
6651 Security Guards and Related Occupations
8612 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers

34 advertisements
6435 Hotel Front Desk Clerks

33 advertisements
6233 Retail and Wholesale Buyers

32 advertisements
9617 Labourers in Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing

31 advertisements for each of the following :
1471 Shippers and Receivers
6611 Cashiers

30 advertisements
6623 Other Elemental Sales Occupations

26 advertisements
7311 Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile)

23 advertisements
6663 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents

21 advertisements for each of the following :
1433 Customer Service Representatives - Financial Services
7421 Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)

20 advertisements for each of the following :
1431 Accounting and Related Clerks
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
6452 Bartenders
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers

18 advertisements for each of the following :
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists
6662 Specialized Cleaners

17 advertisements for each of the following :
3152 Registered Nurses
4212 Community and Social Service Workers
6231 Insurance Agents and Brokers
7231 Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors

15 advertisements for each of the following :
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4131 College and Other Vocational Instructors
6451 Maîtres d'hôtel and Hosts/Hostesses

14 advertisements for each of the following :
6211 Retail Trade Supervisors
6622 Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers

13 advertisements for each of the following :
2233 Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
6465 Other Protective Service Occupations
7441 Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

12 advertisements for each of the following :
2132 Mechanical Engineers
4214 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
6221 Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
6241 Chefs
7322 Motor Vehicle Body Repairers

11 advertisements for each of the following :
1473 Production Clerks
2242 Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)
6683 Other Elemental Service Occupations
7271 Carpenters
9612 Labourers in Metal Fabrication

10 advertisements for each of the following :
1474 Purchasing and Inventory Clerks
2131 Civil Engineers
2234 Construction Estimators
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians
4167 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
9514 Metalworking Machine Operators

9 advertisements for each of the following :
1231 Bookkeepers
1472 Storekeepers and Parts Clerks
6433 Airline Sales and Service Agents
6474 Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers
6482 Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations
6681 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Occupations
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics

8 advertisements for each of the following :
1215 Supervisors, Recording, Distributing and Scheduling Occupations
1221 Administrative Officers
1435 Collectors
7621 Public Works and Maintenance Labourers
8431 General Farm Workers
9461 Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
9495 Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers and Inspectors
9496 Painters and Coaters - Industrial
9511 Machining Tool Operators

7 advertisements for each of the following :
1441 Administrative Clerks
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
6671 Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport
7622 Railway and Motor Transport Labourers

6 advertisements for each of the following :
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1223 Personnel and Recruitment Officers
2211 Chemical Technologists and Technicians
5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
7242 Industrial Electricians
7282 Concrete Finishers
7443 Automotive Mechanical Installers and Servicers

5 advertisements for each of the following :
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers
1242 Legal Secretaries
1461 Mail, Postal and Related Clerks
2241 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
3414 Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services
4142 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
4213 Employment Counsellors
6215 Cleaning Supervisors
6252 Bakers
7253 Gas Fitters
7263 Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
7272 Cabinetmakers
8256 Supervisors, Landscape and Horticulture
8432 Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
9422 Plastics Processing Machine Operators
9482 Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors and Testers
9493 Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors
9613 Labourers in Chemical Products Processing and Utilities

4 advertisements for each of the following :
1212 Supervisors, Finance and Insurance Clerks
1241 Secretaries (Except Legal and Medical)
1442 Personnel Clerks
1454 Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks
2133 Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2141 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2282 User Support Technicians
3411 Dental Assistants
4141 Secondary School Teachers
4216 Other Instructors
5221 Photographers
6212 Food Service Supervisors
6431 Travel Counsellors
6483 Pet Groomers and Animal Care Workers
6672 Other Attendants in Accommodation and Travel
7281 Bricklayers
7291 Roofers and Shinglers
7334 Motorcycle and Other Related Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7412 Bus Drivers, Subway Operators and Other Transit Operators
9498 Other Assemblers and Inspectors

3 advertisements for each of the following :
1111 Financial Auditors and Accountants
1211 Supervisors, General Office and Administrative Support Clerks
1244 Court Recorders and Medical Transcriptionists
1422 Data Entry Clerks
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2212 Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
5121 Authors and Writers
5133 Musicians and Singers
5135 Actors and Comedians
6434 Ticket Agents, Cargo Service Representatives and Related Clerks (Except Airline)
6621 Service Station Attendants
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7247 Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians
7251 Plumbers
7261 Sheet Metal Workers
7313 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
7612 Other Trades Helpers and Labourers
9411 Machine Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
9415 Inspectors and Testers, Mineral and Metal Processing
9483 Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers
9486 Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors

2 advertisements for each of the following :
1121 Specialists in Human Resources
1222 Executive Assistants
1226 Conference and Event Planners
1236 Customs, Ship and Other Brokers
1432 Payroll Clerks
1463 Couriers, Messengers and Door-to-Door Distributors
2112 Chemists
2134 Chemical Engineers
2147 Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
2173 Software Engineers and Designers
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2243 Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
2252 Industrial Designers
2281 Computer Network Technicians
3142 Physiotherapists
3235 Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment
4152 Social Workers
4153 Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5252 Coaches
6271 Hairstylists and Barbers
7217 Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
7219 Contractors and Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers and Servicers
7232 Tool and Die Makers
7245 Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers
7294 Painters and Decorators
7295 Floor Covering Installers
7351 Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators
7413 Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs
7437 Air Transport Ramp Attendants
8253 Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
8421 Chain Saw and Skidder Operators
8611 Harvesting Labourers
9451 Sewing Machine Operators
9465 Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing
9484 Assemblers and Inspectors, Electrical Appliance, Apparatus and Equipment Manufacturing
9513 Woodworking Machine Operators
9611 Labourers in Mineral and Metal Processing

1 advertisement for each of the following :
1114 Other Financial Officers
1224 Property Administrators
1243 Medical Secretaries
1413 Records Management and Filing Clerks
1423 Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Occupations
1424 Telephone Operators
1434 Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Clerks
2115 Other Professional Occupations in Physical Sciences
2172 Database Analysts and Data Administrators
2213 Meteorological Technicians
2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians
2261 Nondestructive Testers and Inspectors
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3131 Pharmacists
3132 Dietitians and Nutritionists
3143 Occupational Therapists
3413 Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates
4155 Probation and Parole Officers and Related Occupations
4161 Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4164 Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4169 Other Professional Occupations in Social Science, n.e.c.
4211 Paralegal and Related Occupations
4215 Instructors and Teachers of Persons with Disabilities
5113 Archivists
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5134 Dancers
5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
5223 Graphic Arts Technicians
5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters
6216 Other Service Supervisors
6232 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
6251 Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers - Retail and Wholesale
6441 Tour and Travel Guides
6463 By-Law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers, n.e.c.
6481 Image, Social and Other Personal Consultants
7214 Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7264 Ironworkers
7292 Glaziers
7293 Insulators
7331 Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics
7332 Electric Appliance Servicers and Repairers
7335 Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics
7352 Power Systems and Power Station Operators
7381 Printing Press Operators
7383 Other Trades and Related Occupations
7445 Other Repairers and Servicers
8211 Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
8255 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Contractors and Managers
8615 Oil and Gas Drilling, Servicing and Related Labourers
9212 Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
9213 Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
9232 Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators
9412 Foundry Workers
9414 Concrete, Clay and Stone Forming Operators
9421 Chemical Plant Machine Operators
9424 Water and Waste Plant Operators
9443 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operators
9471 Printing Machine Operators
9472 Camera, Platemaking and Other Prepress Occupations
9491 Boat Assemblers and Inspectors
9492 Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and Inspectors
9615 Labourers in Rubber and Plastic Products Manufacturing

Monday, September 1, 2008

... and then there's Cultural Humility

Here's the article by Rob McInnes that introduced me to the basic idea just this morning. At this very early point in my study of this area I sense that the exercises in self-reflection offered in one of the articles cited by McInnes would make a useful complement to any competence one might have in understanding one or more other cultures.