Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you are wondering why I mention this it is because I want to emphasise that many employers radically underestimate the slippery nature of the human side of their enterprises. Quite literally they can be fighting unfair dismissal litigation one moment then repeating the hiring practices that doomed them to failure the next. I emphasise this because we, as job seekers and career developers, need tactics and strategies for circumventing the follies of a great many employers.
One thing that a person can do is to find out what an employer actually needs from an employee to consider that employee a success (the job description will not tell you), and to tell the world (honestly) what you do successfully. If you want some guidance then here's a place to read more.
I'm indebted to Peter Giblett, a contact on LinkedIn and Plaxo, for making me aware of this article.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Let's say that the client lives in Toronto and that he has already identified the following possible qualifications: CCIE, MCSD, CISSP and CBAP. We go to the indeed.ca advanced search page and complete it as shown here. Having pressed 'Find Jobs' we can choose either to get email updates or an RSS feed for the jobs that mention these qualifications.
When you start reading the series of advertisements that result from doing this you will gradually (or perhaps quickly) appreciate that the career paths associated with one or more of the qualifications are unsuited to you. In this case you should just request that the emails stop or abandon the RSS feed. Another possibility is that you will find that some qualifications are associated with other qualifications, as far as employers are concerned, and that those other qualifications are more, or less, sought after. You can adjust your study plans accordingly. It's also worth scanning entire advertisements for general information about employer expectations and the ways in which your career will fit within each industry.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Somebody on LinkedIn told me that he doesn't like using Yahoo! Alerts (for reasons I won't go into here), which led me to explore other ways of turning RSS feeds into email. I had long forgotten FeedBurner but it actually yields a more elegant solution in combination with a web page. I used Google sites to host the thingy that FeedBurner makes. The advantage is that there is no need for copying anything from one web page to another. The user just registers heris email address with the FeedBurner page. This is how it appears.
Go here to subscribe yourself.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Suppose you live in the Niagara Peninsula. Then you would be interested in job advertisements posted on indeed.ca for the Hamilton, Niagara and St Catharines areas. Now you could simply arrange to be kept informed about these areas as individual job alerts. However, the likelihood is that you would receive duplicate advertisements. For the purposes of this article--to keep it simple--let's assume that you want to see all advertisements. This would have the advantage that you would avoid missing opportunities.
I am going to describe how to set up a Yahoo 'Pipe' to get just one feed for the three areas, without duplicate ads. If you just want to know how to use the pipe then just cut to the chase scene (below).
This is the complete diagram for my pipe at pipes.yahoo.com. The three boxes on the left represent feeds from indeed.ca, one each for Hamilton, Niagara and St Catharines respectively. To obtain the URLs I visited the corresponding pages at indeed.ca, then copied and pasted the URLs from the RSS feed buttons.
The three feeds are merged in the Union widget, then sorted on job titles. Then the Unique widget discards duplicate ads based on the guid in the merged feed.
Most people stay clear of feeds. Do you? No problem! Here's how to receive bunches of ads as email.
- In a separate browser tab or window open Yahoo! Alerts.
- Select 'Feed/Blog.'
- Copy this URL into the edit box at 'A': http://bit.ly/3JSC8D
- Select how often you want to receive alerts and indicate your email address.
- Save your alert.