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

Sunday, December 12, 2010

We Do Amazing Things When We Like What We Do



Clearly Dr Pink speaks from the management point of view. Amazing things come from employees when they are offered opportunities to explore their own ideas.

But this means that it must also be true that you can do amazing things when you find that place in life that affords you the opportunities to follow through on your own ideas and aspirations. Don't be satisfied with anything else.

Access to the full interview is available here. It's from the CBC Spark radio programme series.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wanna Work in Comedy?


Many of the people who are famous for their comedy in the United States are, or were, Canadian. I think particularly of John Candy and Mike Myers. Follow this link to hear an audio on The Mark Radio featuring four interviews with people who are prominent in comedy in Canada. From what I can tell gaining prominence in comedy is probably harder and takes about as long as getting a PhD.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ideas about Employability

There's a great post about employability, complete with some references, over at Careers—In Theory.

Employment & Job Finding How-To's, III

Consider using the custom Google search labelled 'Search for how-to's and tutorials' when you need advice about doing something. It's available from the right-hand column.

Since it's a custom search it filters out a lot of stuff by favouring those sites that have higher concentrations of tutorials, examples, samples, lectures, and so on.

I've just added two more sites that help with 3-D modelling and graphics, amongst other things. Give it a spin.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dazzling Careers


OK, I'm no genius and, chances are, you aren't either. But that's no excuse for the schlock that's offered in secondary schools, or most undergraduate courses, for that matter. For one thing the topics covered give much the wrong impression about what's possible and I suspect that a lot of people who think they have 'no mathematics ability,' for instance, are simply unaware of the vast array of mental aptitudes that are covered by mathematics.

You might have more than you think!

Did you know that map folding had anything to do with applied mathematics? (I didn't.) That's the Miura map fold in the picture, invented by astrophysicist Koryo Miura. Much better than ordinary folded maps, you can open and close it just by pulling and pushing at two corners. I learned about it from an interview of Professor L. Mahadevan of Harvard University on American public radio—who points out that nobody uses folding maps anymore anyway.

So why mention Mahadevan? Because I looked at the list of his recent publications. And I also watched this video. Mahadevan is living proof that there are people that use a whole variety of mathematical ideas outside of what we see as high school or undergraduate students and that they apply them to fascinating problems in the real world. Of course I'm not a Mahadevan; maybe you aren't either. That's why you should look at the list of MacArthur Award Winners for sources of inspiration in other kinds of careers.

Monday, November 15, 2010

StatsCan: Survey of Older Workers, 1st Results

Statistics Canada has published the First Results from the Survey of Older Workers, 2008.

"The Survey of Older Workers (SOW) is a new survey that was conducted in October and November of 2008. The survey was conducted on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada with the objective to develop a statistical database providing estimates surrounding the issues of work and retirement as perceived by older workers in the 10 provinces."

"The report looks at labour force attachment and detachment (both voluntary and involuntary), as they pertain to Canadian workers aged 50 to 75."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Global Education Conference

"The 2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free."

Go here to see the sessions available for your timezone. And here to verify that your computer is set up so that you can participate. (You won't need a microphone or webcam.)

Look under 'Sessions' in the main menu, then 'All sessions' for tracks for teachers, students, policy and so on. There is a huge variety of offerings for teachers.

If you have never participated in an on-line seminar or course then this is a good way to try this kind of thing out. All sessions use the same software, namely Elluminate.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

3 Toronto Jobs: Job Developers, Information Officer

See TheConstellation jobs page. Not much time left!

Thanks again to Patricia Martin of Career Essentials.

Scannable Business Cards

A friend, Duane Borden, alerted me to the appearance of a CBC article about the many applications of QR matrix codes this morning. Here's another. Business cards have long been scanned into databases using a variety of techniques. Why not make it easier to connect the business card to the information of your choice? Here's an ugly sample.


I've used the kaywa1 service to make a a QR matrix that encodes my LinkedIn profile page. If I were a job seeker and this were my networking card I could have encoded a link to my portfolio. If I were representing a company I could encode the company's web address.

As pointed out in the CBC article even iPhones today can read these things.

1Thanks to wiretotheear for the pointer to this service.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grieving

The topic of grieving might seem to be some distance from those usually discussed in connection with employment and careers. However, it can be argued that the loss of employment may lead to feelings related to grief.

In Grief Myths Vaughn Bell1 points to a paper, and provides the main results, about prominent myths about how people deal with grief and some of the findings from actual research. Worth perusing.



1no relation

Friday, November 5, 2010

Giving and Receiving Help

sparked.com is a site that links nonprofits with small jobs they can't afford to do with volunteers willing to do them. Here are a couple of the jobs, which sparked calls 'challenges' that I was offered when I just visited. Write an ad or write a vision statement. I could choose from hundreds of others.

Why mention it here? Because some of my readers are non-profits and some of my readers are jobs seekers. If you're a non-profit the benefits of this site will become obvious if you visit. (Lots of free expertise and services.)

If you are a job seeker then volunteer to do a few of these small jobs and add the results to your profile.

Trends in Journalism


This is posted on blip.tv with the title The End of Journalism with the following caption: "Annabel Crabb, one of Australia's best known journalists, has made the move from print to digital media. She is an example of the 'new' journalist, able to deliver her unique take on national politics across a range of different platforms. In this thought-provoking (not to mention entertaining) lecture at the University of Melbourne, she discusses the future of journalism in this new and ever-changing media landscape. The A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism commemorates Arthur Norman Smith, a leading political journalist. October 2010"

Ms Crabb has lots to say that will be of interest to people contemplating careers in journalism. But watch members of the audience too. For the most part, people beyond a certain age don't get it, do they?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Online Portfolios: Spiffing Example

Özge Karaoglu showcases her interest in teaching children as well as demonstrating her mastery of a variety of computer technologies in wiki form. She has lots to say about the value of e-portfolios themselves and uses a creative, appealing video to express herself.

For a huge list of tools that enhance collaboration see her blog. That's how I happened upon her portfolio this morning.




Women in Games

There's a website for women in games and I notice there that a 1400-strong LinkedIn group exists for people with an interest in this as well as a facebook group.

Good for me to see! The first programming group I worked in consisted almost entirely of women many years ago. As far as a Canadian presence is concerned I notice one interview of a Toronto games pro.

Online Portfolios: Thoughts

What's a Portfolio?

It's a display of items that show off your best work or capabilities to employers or others who would be likely to pay for your services. Online portfolios are really good for many reasons: lots of media are usable, you can organise them in various ways and make them very rich, you're not risking the loss of original documents, etc.

What's Its Value?
  • If nothing else you can always review them prior to a job interview for reminders.
  • You can suggest that employers look at them—ain't this obvious when you're marketing yourself!
  • You can expand on ideas that you mention in your résumé and networking card.
  • At the risk of repeating myself you can use graphics. A picture of something you have created, or of the people you have teamed with or of the benefits you have provided will say a lot.
  • On the down side a portfolio can go some way toward masking other, possibly unfortunate aspects of your 'net presence.
  • Employers can review your portfolio in their own time.
  • Creation of a portfolio demonstrates your skills with software and office tools. Don't be too worried about this one. Employers are not looking for stellar skills necessarily. Usually they simply want to know that you have the basic skills. (Obviously if you have more skill flaunt it!)
Where and How

There are many ways of building portfolios and lots of places to host them. Here are a few.
  • Use Microsoft Powerpoint to build a slide show and upload it to Slideshare, or to MyBrainShark. If you don't have Microsoft Office you might be able to use Open Office for this purpose; I haven't tried it yet.
  • Use visualcv.com, a commercial product.
  • Use the camera on your computer with various software products to produce a video and upload it to youtube or one of the other places that hosts videos.
  • Make a portfolio on Google Presentations.
  • Make a blog on wordpress.com, blogger.com or one of the other places for free or paid blogging platforms.
  • Build a free website on officelive or Google.
  • Do some graphics on coroflot.
  • scribblefolio is a commercial place for posting writing portfolios.
For the many things I've left out in the way of tools, try the New Tools Workshop.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Good Stuff from Journal of Career Assessment

I found two gems in the November edition.

Gem 11

Professor John Krumboltz, who is famous as the inventor of 'happenstance' amongst other things says: "The supply of occupational information appears to exceed the demand."

I dunno: is he joking? Or are we all missing the point? The flood of questions on places like LinkedIn, Aardvark continues. Is it that no-one is interested or that no-one ever thinks of using available stores of information?

Anyway nobody wanted to use the 100-odd videos that Professor Krumboltz refers to and now they've been moved here. Typical titles are Athletic Trainer, Casino Dealer, Chef, Child Psychologist and Carpenter. In the unlikely event that anyone would want to look at some of these let me mention that there are even some Canadians amongst the people featured.

In the astronomically unlikely event that anyone would want to sample an even bigger collection of videos on the same site look here.


Gem 22

Professors Kevin Glavin and Mark Savickas announced the availability of Vocopher. 'The Career Collaboratory is an Internet-based website that contains free career instruments and educational materials intended for practitioners, researchers, and teachers of career development.'


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cliff Bleszinski, games designer: interview

Cliff Bleszinski, the highly successful games designer who knew what he wanted to do when he was six years old is interviewed here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Non-Profits: Getting More from Social Networking

Most of the non-profits in Canada that I have noticed focus on just a couple of facets of marketing in their on-line activities, for instance, service delivery or building awareness of the organisation. Here's a page that provides a more complete list of objectives for you to consider to make your organisation more effective: Investing More Time Brings Sophistication to Social Media Efforts.

Amusements Relating to Alienation, III

This is how somebody has responded to my postings about alienation on facebook. I try so hard and then something like this happens.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Amusements Relating to Alienation, II

Last Monday I collected some items about alienation. Then by co-incidence I heard a CBC Radio Ideas interview of Sociology Professor Lorne Tepperman of the University of Toronto wherein he was asked about aspects of inequality that still 'confound' him to this day. He mentioned alienation.

To hear the interview go to Making Sense of Sociability. The part I'm referring to starts about 38 minutes in but the whole thing is very interesting.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Self-Help for Those with Anxieties and Phobias

Although it has been around about as long as I have been using the 'net I heard about tAPir, the Anxiety Panic internet resource, for the first time only today, on the Psychsplash blog.

Here's what they have to say for themselves: "Welcome to the web’s first and still best self-help resource for those with anxiety disorders. Panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and generalized anxiety disrupt the lives of an estimated 15% of the population. tAPir is a free grass-roots website dedicated to providing information, relief, and support for those recovering from debilitating anxiety."

I have only just started dipping into the site but it looks pretty good to me. There is a fairly high incidence of these problems in the general population. It's inevitable that we will meet people with these difficulties amongst our clients (and colleagues).

Jane Austen Couldn't Spell

Many people who read résumés say that they stop reading as soon as they see the first spelling or grammatical mistake. They say that there is no excuse for these errors now that we all use word processors equipped with adjunct software capable of exposing our mistakes. I believe their point is that marketing documents are so important that job applicants should be expected to exert every possible effort to achieve perfection.

My position is that very few jobs require perfect spelling or perfect grammar, or even good spelling or good grammar. Not only that, when you discard applications on the basis of spelling or grammar you are almost certainly discarding some that would achieve good results in the measures that are of actual interest to you as an employer. Before you review a stack of résumés decide what performance you need from the new incumbent and judge accordingly.

I have been prompted to write this item by an item in the CBC News: [Jane] Austen was bad speller: U.K. scholar. Austen the treasured author! Even her spelling and grammar didn't matter (that much) because it could be corrected by an editor.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jobs: Durham Region (bilingual)

Développeur d’emploi, Région de Durham

Thanks to Patricia Martin of Career Essentials.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Un-, Under- or Mis-employed: All Bad

Read The Wrong Job Can Be Bad for You which discusses how underemployment can be worse than unemployment. Is it too big a leap of intuition to expect that employment in an unsuitable job is unhealthy too?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Others See Us More Favourably

As most readers of this blog know, the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) is, roughly speaking, a generalisation of the MBTI. Using the NEO the authors of a recent study show that there is a cross-cultural pattern, that people 'view themselves less favorably than they are perceived by others.'

See the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology abstract for more detail and access to the full report.

Looking for Christmas Gift Widget

It's really not too early to be thinking about this.

A few years ago I saw a web page by a Peterborough, Ontario agency that listed requests from people who were financially distressed, for low-cost items at Christmas. Stuff like warm winter coats, warm gloves, cosmetics or telephone cards. The agency posted the items on the page on behalf of these folks, collected the items from donors and then removed the items from the page as they were collected.

Someone, somewhere, has probably made a widget that can be installed easily on web pages that would make it easy for any agency with a web site to do this. Obviously avoiding the need to hire a web programmer to build a special-purpose page.

Have you seen a widget or gadget like this? I would like to spread information about it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Amusements Relating to Alienation

Marx' ideas about alienation, I mean. Good introductory discussion: Jonathan Wolff on Marx on Alienation.

@eventsecrets (on Twitter) prompted me to collect these items when he quoted Theodor Adorno recently: "Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline." We are all supposed to absorb that in school.

Laurie Taylor and his guests discuss a kind of alienation that they call the 'emotional work' that people like hairdressers and masseurs do in the 13 October edition of Thinking Aloud starting about 12 minutes 30 seconds into the broadcast. The first part of the broadcast about the expectations of economic migrants is of interest too.

Differentiating Amongst STEM Interests

STEM = science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Did you know that there's a free, on-line instrument that attempts to measure the levels of interest in some fields in this category of occupations? To give you an idea of what kind of results you can obtain here's what I got:
Mathematics4.70
Engineering3.91
Physical Sciences2.83
Information Technology2.75
Life Sciences1.60
At this stage of my life nothing here came as a surprise. As usual, though, it was interesting to see it in black-and-white and, having it in this form makes it all easier to question too.

The main shortcoming that was apparent to me in the instrument was the absence of items relating to the social sciences.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Video: Using LinkedIn to Find a Job


Thanks to twitterers: @CareerCenter_LU and @careerchatter.

Diigo for Managing Job Search

Diigo is a popular web site for saving bookmarks to web pages that you have annotated and tagged. This makes it an excellent spot for saving job advertisements and cover letters. When you find a job advertisement that interests you highlight the significant features with Diigo, add sticky notes and some tag words too if you would like, and then bookmark the page to Diigo. Diigo will keep your bookmark; it will index the page according to any tag words you have added too.

If you say that it's not worth learning anything new to keep track of your job search then I have a couple of things to say to you:
  1. One of my relatives told me that he went into an interview recently and could not remember which of his résumés he had sent to the employer that was interviewing him. It was embarrassing. It's important to have a system for administering your job search records.
  2. In this economic climate it can take a long time to land a job. Consequently you could have a lot of paper to look after. It's wise to be systematic from the start.
If you use Diigo then I suggest using tag words for keeping track of where you are in the process of applying for the job being advertised. Here's one way. When you first bookmark the job tag it 'unprocessed'. As soon as you have written a cover letter or résumé for it retag it appropriately. Then, when you have completed the other item of this pair of marketing documents add the appropriate tag. As soon as you see both 'résumé' and 'cover' for an advertisement you know that you're ready to apply. When you do that you retag. You can use the comments field provided by Diigo for recording the names of the computer documents that contain the résumé and cover letter for that advertisement so that you can refer to them for an interview. And so on.
  1. Get yourself a Diigo account here.
  2. Once that ordeal is over go to 'Tools' in Diigo and get Diigolet (not the Diigo Toolbar, at least not as far as I am concerned; who needs the screen clutter?).
    • The instructions say only to right-click a button and click "Add to Favorites". There's slightly more to it. After you've right-clicked, and after you've got past the security message as Diigo suggests, select 'Favorites Bar' from the drop-down 'Create in' list. Then click on 'Add'.
    • You might find that the tutorial video is worth watching after you've added Diigolet.
  3. The following graphic shows a portion of a screen displaying a job advertisement I have highlighted to make it easy for me to find the name and email address to apply to. I could have highlighted anything. It also shows part of the Diigo Diigolet menu that offers highlighting, stick notes, commenting and bookmarking.

  4. When I now click on Diigo in the menu I can select 'My library' to see all of my entries, this new item included. In the left-hand menu I can click on the 'unprocessed' tag that I placed in the item to see all of the job advertisements that I have yet to work on. As long as the advertisement remains on the web I will be able to find it via my Diigo account.
Please, let me know what you think.

"Three win economics Nobel ..." (revisited)

I have embarrassed myself yet again.

When I read about the prize that is to be awarded next month, I wrote a blog article in which I concluded that it would be great to reduce the friction in the jobs market based on the results of the research for which the prize is being awarded because I thought this meant that job seekers could get back to work (in suitable jobs) more quickly.

Unfortunately I find that the Nobel Prize web site itself says that one way that friction could be reduced would be to reduce unemployment benefits. Let me just say that I am at all cheerful about the news of this prize like I was at first.

Let us see and want the best in, for and from people. We seek the tools and processes to enable them.

math_ability(women) == math_ability (men)

True.

So says: Large study shows females are equal to males in math skills. Although I'm well aware that math skills relate to the way in which we construct 'feminine' and 'masculine' in our culture, isn't this just a tad boring?

What really counts in any case is what each individual wants to do and can do. And, as far as the 'can do' part is concerned, scant few occupations involve highly developed mathematics skills anyway.

Let's learn to live with the fact that about 50% of women have higher innate mathematics skills (or abilities or whatever) than 50% of men. Lots of things are like this.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trend: Call for Versatile Staff

I just happened upon an interview with Jonathan Lister who was hired from Google Canada to run the new LinkedIn office in Canada. Notice what he says about five and a half minutes into the interview. He wants to find personnel who have wide sets of skills and who are willing to deal with detail.

I'm not going to offer links as evidence but this is not the first time I've heard this. In this difficult business climate many businesses are either restaffing some units at lower levels than before or they are opening new units at lower staffing levels than would have been customary. They therefore look for candidates with a variety of skills and the willingness to apply them, so that they can cover all of the ground.

How big this trend is: anybody's guess.

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Three win economics Nobel for job market analysis"

It is perfectly obvious to anyone working as an employment advisor that there are large inefficiencies of various kinds in systems for assigning people to jobs. For instance, many jobs are advertised on big job banks but the job titles are not standardised making them more difficult to identify, and anyway many job seekers have only poorly developed Internet skills; and many jobs are unadvertised ('hidden') obliging people to network for them. However, I had no idea that there are academics studying these issues.

I've just read an announcement that this year's Nobel Prize for Economics is to go to three economists. The announcement says: "Since searching for jobs takes time and resources, it creates frictions in the job market, helping explain why there are both job vacancies and unemployment simultaneously, the academy said."

I hope what they've done can be put to practical use—and quickly.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10 October 2010: 8th World Day Against the Death Penalty

This year the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty is focusing its attention on the United States on its World Day.

I would ask, is the Death Penalty consistent with respect for life?


Friday, October 8, 2010

HAPPEN: The Networking Organisation

I've heard about HAPPEN and its benefits often on LinkedIn. They say on their web site, 'Since 1991 HAPPEN has assisted over 30,000 members find new careers and contacts by providing them with the skills and the opportunity to exploit the "hidden job market" via the power of Networking.' I can't tell you about any personal experience I've had with HAPPEN but I do think it's worth considering if you're a job seeker, and most of the people that read this blog might also find their blog at least as useful.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Vacancy: Job Developer (Peel Region)



Thanks to Patricia Martin of Career Essentials.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Arrival Cities and More Need for Unskilled People

In case you missed it, the Globe and Mail published How slums can save the world by Doug Saunders on Friday. Some of the points that caught my eye:
  • the need for areas in cities that make it easier for newcomers to make the transition into the wider Canadian population
  • a trend of increasing demand for unskilled personnel
  • Canada's projected shortage of workers.
I don't read newspapers. My thanks are due to @marcopolis.

Random Samples of Canadian Occupations

I dunno whether this is useful or not. It's intended to be a way of inducing people to explore career possibilities. So that they might think of things to do that they would not otherwise consider.

It's another of my iGoogle gadgets. When you tap the button it lists eight occupations drawn at random from the NOC list at http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2006/QuickSearch.aspx?val65=*.

Here's what a typical result is like.

As you might expect, clicking on a title will take you to the relevant page in the NOC site. If you have any ideas about how to expand this gadget please let me know.

Dumbing Down When We Should Smarten Up

A recent post in The Guardian is about Why our jobs are getting worse. Briefly the claim is made that even "managerial" jobs are being made utterly routine and as free of discretionary input as possible.

Meanwhile lots more people achieve more and higher qualifications, and the tools at our disposal for making decisions improve on a daily basis.

Google is one toy that a lot of people have yet to exploit to its fullest. And then there's Wolfram-Alpha (affectionately known as W|A). It must represent another huge trend, and a need for people who know how to reduce business and engineering problems so that they are digestible by tools with less than human language skills.

As a simple example, suppose I had a ten-year-old, 65-pound granddaughter with a height of four feet, eleven inches? What would her ultimate height be?

Well, of course, almost any height might be possible. However, in all probability her adult height would be less than about 5'9". This is the graph that W|A provides as part of its response for that data.

If you want details about how to do this see http://www.wolframalpha.com. My real point is that it's not just a calculator, or just a spreadsheet. When will employers appreciate the value and importance of engaging their employees? They're already capable of amazing things. With stuff like this imagine what would be possible.

PS: Interestingly, although W|A's development seems to have been guided largely by mathematicians when I attempted to respond to a question involving Diophantine equations from aardvark.com a few weeks ago I found that W|A didn't recognise this term. They've promised to add it.
PPS: Quite a few student questions that appear on aardvark could be answered using W|A. It's time teachers at all levels started mentioning it to students. Their services will be a lot more valuable with this knowledge and related skill.

Career Path Exploration à la Wall Street Journal

It's called Explore a Path to a Profession. I suppose that, being the Wall Street Journal, it seems natural for them to consider income level first after general area of interest but surely this page has to be one of the worst ways of going about making career decisions.

Except for one thing: The choice of career 'major' comes last. At least it offers the suggestion that a person should do some preliminary thinking before choosing their degree subject.

Dr Jim Bright on Chaos in Careers

I encountered an article by Dr Jim Bright about using chaos theory in careers guidance for the first time on line a week or two ago, on David Winter's blog "Careers — In Theory".

Here's Bright's article: Applied Chaos: Using the Chaos Theory of Careers in Counselling.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Client that Viewed Porn

One of the many distraught clients I have met eventually told me that he was unhappy because his use of pornography conflicted with his strong religious views. Again, as career developers, we meet people with all kinds of personal problems that create big difficulties for them in pursuing employment and careers. We are not positioned to offer therapy but it is better for us to have some acquaintance with the therapies might be available to those in need.

Here's a worthwhile article about this topic from Psychology Today: Watching Porn: The Problem That Must Not Be Named.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

New: iGoogle Gadget for Searching eluta.ca

eluta.ca is another great site for job search because it culls advertisements for permanent, full-time jobs from a large number of employers. You can become aware of employers here that you might never have thought of otherwise.

If you happen to be someone who uses iGoogle as a home base for your perambulations on the 'net then I've got just the thing for you. It's a gadget for iGoogle that makes it easy to keep up-to-date on eluta.ca.


PS: In a previous post I mentioned that I've also created a similar gadget for indeed.ca. I've corrected a couple of bugs in it. In particular, it now works properly with Internet Explorer.

To Succeed Think About Lots of Successes

In a nutshell: to prepare yourself to succeed—in a job interview, on an examination, etc—make a list of occasions when you have succeeded and bear them in mind. Don't use just one success story.

For a fuller discussion about this bit of psychology see Dr Heidi Grant Halvorson, Yesterday Influences Your Performance Today in Surprising Ways in Psychology Today.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Should Engineers Supervise Scientists?

Either the Ontario government thinks that they should, or they don't want to change Bill 68 so that this won't be necessary. In any case, discussions about this bill highlight an interesting comparison between occupations in engineering and science.

Rob Thacker is Canada Research Chair in Computational Astrophysics at Saint Mary's University. Read his article about this topic, What is an Engineer?, from The Mark.

Many Cdn University Grads Work Low-Skill Jobs

This graph is from an article that appeared in The Economist today: Study leave: Plenty of university graduates are working in low-skilled jobs. The newspaper got their information from the OECD.

Canadian graduates are not as badly off as those of Spain. Still, about 37% of them aged from 25-29 work at low-skill level jobs, and their average gross earnings are about $45,600.

I don't know how to make a logical appeal to an eighteen-year-old who is bent on paying a tonne of cash and several years' lost income to obtain a degree in psychology (like I did) to think about their future income prospects. Do you?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

More About Why Women Avoid STEM Careers

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Diekman et al say that these careers are less likely to fulfill goals that involve working with or helping people that women endorse. See Seeking Congruity Between Goals and Roles: A New Look at Why Women Opt Out of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers.

Thanks to the BPS Research Digest.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Brilliant Way of Organising Career Stories

People come to career developers at all stages of their adult, working lives. We want them to be able to accept the possibility that there are alternative paths, and knowing that people in comparable situations have taken alternative paths might help them to do that.

That's why I really like one of the ways the stories in icould are organised. I had never seen career stories organised by 'life themes' before!

icould.com includes a sizable and growing collection of videos and biographical notes about adult experiences of careers, and career changes, organised in various ways. Career developers could use selected stories to show that careers don't begin with high school or university. Or individuals can explore them for inspiration.

To be blunt, the only shortcoming of this site, from the point of view of most Canadian users, is that all of the stories involve British people and the terms used may be somewhat unfamiliar to many here.




Thanks are due to Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers for posting information about icould.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Applying Techniques of Persuasion

About a month ago Psyblog provided the following treatment of the six techniques of persuasion (from Cialdini, 2001). It is definitely worth using this list whenever you're planning a marketing document such as a résumé or a meeting with an employer.

  1. Liking:
    It's much easier to influence someone who likes you. Successful influencers try to flatter and uncover similarities in order to build attraction.

  2. Social proof.
    People like to follow one another, so influencers imply the herd is moving the same way.

  3. Consistency.
    Most people prefer to keep their word. If people make a commitment, particularly if it's out loud or in writing, they are much more likely to keep it. Influencers should try to gain verbal or written
    commitments.

  4. Scarcity.
    Even when companies have warehouses full of a product, they still advertise using time-limited offers that emphasise scarcity. People want what they can't have, or at least what might be running short.

  5. Authority.
    People are strongly influenced by experts. Successful influencers flaunt their knowledge to establish their expertise.

  6. Reciprocity.
    Give something to get something. When people feel indebted to you they are more likely to agree to what you want. This feeling could arise from something as simple as a compliment.
Here are some or my thoughts, strictly by way of illustration. You can probably think of better ideas.
  1. Liking: Know the potential employer well enough that you can show how you would fit their needs, including their cultural profile, if possible. Demonstrate your sensitivity to their needs.

  2. Social proof: You can offer suggestions in your marketing documents that the techniques and approaches that you use are becoming trends, or that more and more people with your qualifications are being hired.

  3. Consistency: When you network with a potential employer try to get some commitment to a reasonable follow-up from that individual (without being overbearing or obnoxious about it).

  4. Scarcity: At the very least avoid giving the impression that you are desperate for employment. Try to suggest that a number of employers are or would be interested.

  5. Authority: When you mention a college diploma or other qualification in your marketing documents your are implying that experts have endorsed your level of education.

  6. Reciprocity: At the very least, send a thank-you note.
You can combine some of these points too, clearly.

Advice: Working in Event Management

What is it like working in event management? includes advice from several people involved in this career area. Included in the Guardian Careers news feed today.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tell Clients: Do NOT Announce Your Goals

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Canada: Worker's Paradise for Vacations


Canada, a vacation paradise for workers? Perhaps not.

There's France, at the top. Workers there are allowed 30 days of paid annual leave, and there is an additional day of paid holiday.

Now look down, near the bottom. There's Canada.

Of course our consolation must be that most of the countries above us in the list have miserable standards of living. Like Germany, Sweden, Finland, France and Denmark.

Source: Michael Goldfarb, Would more holiday be good for America?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cloud Computing Skills

Ben Lorica of O'Reilly Radar reports the relative demand levels for cloud computing skills on the main platforms in the U.S. job market in Amazon's cloud platform still the largest, but others are closing the gap.

PS: I'm probably way behind the pack in noticing only today that even HRSDC is offering access to the NOC as a web service.

Work With Old People? Give Yourself a Break

Do you work with wrinkly old people? Then you know, just as I do, that when they're depressed about their dismal job prospects it's bad for you the career advisor too.

So what can you do?

Here's a tip! Buck up their spirits by giving them examples of all the ways that the young, unwrinkled people screw up on a regular basis. Miserable oldsters love it. And, trust me, the good humour of your wrinklies will rub off on you.

Dangerous Occupation


As of today (31 August 2010), the CBC site reports that 152 members of the Canadian Government's armed services have been killed "in the Afghanistan mission". A news item in the Canadian Medical Association Journal News, Suicide claiming more British Falkland veterans than fighting did, claims that 256 soldiers were killed during the Falklands war and that 264 took their own lives afterwards.

Then by my reckoning this suggests that we can expect that a further 152 ( 264 / 256 ) or 157 (or so) Canadian men and women will die by suicide as a consequence of military service in Afghanistan. So far.

What's more, previous experience from the innumerable wars and conflicts of this and the previous century demonstrate without doubt that many of the so-called survivors of these episodes cope with the dreadful effects of PTSD, as well as physical disabilities and disfiguration, as do their families and society at large.

Need I say more?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Will Manufacturing Ever Come Back?

Let me say first that some of my best friends have been construction workers, and that I have nothing against the construction industry in general.

Even so, I groan every time I hear "shovel-ready projects" in connection with this recession. For two reasons:
  1. Using this term is a strong hint that the projects will involve construction, and that they will ignore other important sectors of the economy. And thus the workers in them.
  2. Why would governments wait until a recession occurs to look for so-called "shovel-ready projects" rather than planning for inevitable downturns? (I was about to ask whether they had heard of the business cycle but there is ample evidence that 'they' have not.)
We, as career developers, need to be aware of trends. Here's a good discussion about recent employment trends by Professor Stephen Gordon, of the Université Laval Department of Economics: Sectoral shifts and the Canadian recession.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Taking a Degree in Economics

Some reasons not to take an undergraduate degree in economics by Professor Frances Woolley of Carleton University. To my mind, an interesting collection of thoughts on topics relating to taking one or more degrees in any subject area.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another Way of Looking at THE Trend


As Dr Lucy Bernholz notes in this podcast you don't have to be CocaCola™ to be global. The ability to gather data and serve people from anywhere on the planet is changing all of the rules. (And she really knows how to hold an audience's attention.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New: iGoogle Gadget for Searching indeed.ca

A lot of people like iGoogle as a home base for their web-based perambulations.

It's really important to use sites like indeed.ca because they provide one-stop access to a vast number of specialised sites or sites that have fewer jobs for other reasons. indeed.ca and some other sites aggregate information from other jobs sites. They are great places to look for jobs from a wide variety of sites in Canada.

So I've created an iGoogle gadget for searching indeed.ca. It gives you access to the main parameters of the indeed.ca search and it will save them for you when you close your browser.

To add it to your iGoogle gadgets just click on 'Add stuff' and enter the keywords 'Canada indeed' in the 'Search for gadgets' edit box.

Please let me know how it goes.

PS: This earlier blog post suggests the kind of coverage that indeed.ca provides: Who's Represented on indeed.ca?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Strengths-Based Careers Guidance

Although I am not convinced by their arguments based on Drucker or Seligman, I love looking for people's strengths and strong motivations; please consider reading A strengths-based approach in careers guidance from the University of London's Careers Group.

Job Satisfaction of Legal Australian Sex Workers

Have a look at What's the level of job satisfaction among legal prostitutes? But brace yourself: you'll need to read results couched in sticky statistical phrasing. I think the study says that many of the sex workers like the working hours more than other Australian women do. Amongst other stuff.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Job: Employment Workshop Developer/Trainer


Oshawa/Whitby, Ontario. Thanks to Patricia Martin, Career Essentials.


Employment Workshop Developer/Trainer

Location: Oshawa/Whitby
FULL TIME Contract: 35 hours per week

Starts: ASAP

Ends: March 31, 2011

Job Summary:

The Employment Services of John Howard Society is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Its goal is to provide support to individuals to obtain sustainable employment through a full suite of services that include Client Service and Planning, Information/Resource, Job Search, Job Placement and Matching and Job Retention. The Employment Workshop Developer/Trainer will develop relevant workshop curriculum based on this model as well as the current needs of today’s job seeker.

Duties:

    Develop and implement workshop curriculum and resources relevant to Employment Services Full Suite Model
    Train staff for ongoing implementation
    Facilitate employment-related workshops to job seekers
    Actively participate in supervision, evaluation, team and staff meetings and training sessions
    Represent the agency and the centre in a professional manner
    Participate in the development and accomplishment of agency and centre objectives
    Contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the workshop sessions and identify areas for expansion
    Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of new trends and resources in employment and training
    Other duties as required

Qualifications:

    Related Employment Counselling College Diploma or diploma with facilitation component is an asset
    Workshop development and facilitation experience
    Experience working with youth with barriers - willingness to work in a diverse community non-profit social service agency
    Strong computer skills
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    Strong organizational skills and ability to manage time effectively
    Able to take initiative and work as part of a team.

Salary Range: to be discussed

Posting Date: August 20, 2010

Closing Date: August 27, 2010

Selected candidates will be required to deliver a mini workshop as it relates to the MTCU Employment Services as part of the interview process.

If you are interested, please quote this posting and send your resume with a cover letter to:

Joelle Morey
Human Resources Manager

John Howard Society of

Durham
Region
Joelle.morey@jhsdurham.on.ca

Maslow's Pyramid Updated


Career developers occasionally mention or make some use of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the pyramid that puts self-actualisation at the apex. So I thought I'd mention that researchers at Arizona State University have updated it. See Maslow's pyramid gets a much needed renovation. That's their result above.



Source of information: PsychCentral article: Updated Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Most Satisfying & Happiest Occupations

In Tom W Smith, Job Satisfaction in the United States (NORC/University of Chicago).

Has anyone seen similar information for Canada?

My thanks due to @aaker who saw it in Forbes.com.

Is Plastic Surgery a Good Investment?

See Professor Frances Woolley's article, Is plastic surgery a human capital investment?, on Worthwhile Canadian Initiative and the discussion. Economics isn't always dismal.

Canada Is Not the USA Divided By 10

I think it's important to consider this factor when we try to gauge the likely efficacy of advice and strategies that have emanated from that vast collection of social milieux. I was delightfully surprised when I happened upon this graph this morning that neatly illustrates what I mean.



Although it might be a little difficult to see at this size, there's Canada above the line, in the upper, left corner. Our income inequality needs improvement but our social mobility is similar to that of the Scandinavian countries. Meanwhile, in the United States, on average, your status at birth is your status at death.


Source: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/node/410

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Videos for Newcomers to Ontario

My thanks to Marco Campana for making me aware of a great collection of videos for newcomers to Ontario produced by settlement.org. Some of the ideas in the videos clearly apply for newcomers across Canada.

Don't forget twitter as a source of information!

Friday, August 13, 2010

How's This for a Trend? Canada's Yearly Death Rate

The trend is mentioned in André Picard's Globe & Mail article, There are a lot better places to die than Canada. His suggestions about palliative care seem sound to me, based on what I learned in an introductory course about the topic a couple of years ago.

Assuming that no-one finds clever ways of helping us out of this world using robotics technology there would appear to be lots of opportunities for many kinds of people in this trend.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Self-Esteem: Interesting Cross-Cultural Studies

Listen to the ABC [Australian] Radio National All in the Mind programme Challenging Stereotypes - Culture, psychology and the Asian Self (Part 1 of 2) which compares how peoples from disparate parts of the world may view themselves and their places in the world.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Job Finding as Speed Dating

On a few occasions I have asked job seekers to compare what they are doing to courtship. You remember courtship, right? We meet, study one another and under certain conditions proceed to form a bond. Most groups can think of interesting parallels—and have a few laughs—the main problem with this exercise being that it does not work with individuals from all cultures.

To use the word courtship makes the analogous activity involving employers sound rather stately and dignified. Which it isn't. Résumés get 20 seconds and minds are made up in the first three seconds of an interview.

It's more like speed dating.

Put really briefly, in a study of speed dating Marco Francesconi1 found, "Who you propose a date to is largely a function of who happens to be sitting in front of you." Women who are slim, tall professionals get snapped up first. Otherwise it is whoever is there that get's offered a date.

So how does this apply to employment, you ask?

It actually ties in with another study that shows that business sales people who get to sales leads first get the business. And being first in the Internet age means being within the first five minutes rather than the first ten. (No exaggeration.) In the case of employment it means that the job seeker must know about all of the jobs available, and knowing about them early, before prospective dates go away.

I would even say it means that networking is nice, provided that it does not obviate the use of other sources. The job seeker needs to be available to date lots of employers.



1How much of who you choose to date is determined by your preferences vs "market conditions"?

An Advance on Twitter: Flutter



I'm indebted to The Mark News for this and other thoughts about Twitter. (Warning: Do not follow the College Humor links.)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

If You Want More Followers on Twitter ...

That's the point, isn't it? There is absolutely no point in posting to Twitter if no-one reads what you post. So we all want millions of people to follow us.

Well I do, anyway.

The difficulty in doing this, as you must already know, is that, to be followed you must follow. Yet most people write drivel on Twitter. Not the good stuff that you and I offer, right? Consequently there comes a point at which you can no longer afford the time to read what your informative Twitter companions have to say. And the whole exercise becomes more or less pointless.

Here's one thing you can do. I don't know if it's the best approach. It works for me.
  • Create a Twitter List of people whose Tweets you consider worth reading. Keep it small because you really are going to read many of these Tweets, eh. I call my list 'Attention' because I will give these Tweets my attention.
  • When anyone (anyone!) announces that they are following you follow them. Just do it. Now peruse this person's most recent few dozen Tweets and make up your mind whether they are worth following. If so, or if you think they might be, then add them to your Attention list.
  • I'm can't advise you about which of the millions of Twitter clients you might or should use. I use Brizzly and it works for me with the scheme I'm describing here. It's quick and easy to use. When you log in to your Twitter account with Brizzly you will see your Attention list.
  • Rather than reading enormous amounts of drivel I have found that you can just read:
  1. Direct messages to you.
  2. Messages that mention you.
  3. Your 'Attention' list.
And when someone starts sending Tweets about how they're just about to have their second coffee of the afternoon and that it's going to keep them awake all night you just bump them off your Attention list.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Managing Your In-Box


Normally I stick to topics that are pretty close to careers and employment. This video that I found recently helped me so much that I would like to pass it on. It's long—about 58 minutes—but it could easily save you this much time in the first day or two if you apply what the speaker says, if you're one of those people, like me, who tends to keep too many items in their email in-box.

It says on the Google Videos site: "Merlin Mann, a well known productivity guru and creator of the popular 43 folders website will talk about Getting Things Done, the importance of getting your inbox to zero, and strategies for dealing with high volume email."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tell Me What To Do With My Life

"Just tell me." Isn't this what many of our clients want us to do?


If we do what they ask then our task is relatively easy: just administer and then explain the results from one of the many available vocational interest tests. And the client will probably be relieved of their burden of choice. Here's one view of why this should be, from Renata Salecl, who is currently Centennial Professor in the department of law at the London School of Economics and Senior Researcher in the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


But don't we want the client to take an active, creative rôle, with some understanding of the constraints within which they must operate?

Monday, July 26, 2010

One Immigrant's Experience of Our Newcomer Services

Cultural assumptions have a peculiar way of reaching out and biting you. Here in Canada compass direction is important when we travel by car. So I had something to learn about the meaning of direction in other cultures. About forty years ago I visited some of my cousins in a densely populated European city for the first time. They were aghast enough when I suggested driving hundreds of miles for a day's outing. When I asked them which way the window in the front of their house pointed—north, east, south or west—they had no idea how to answer. No-one in his right mind would try to navigate in their winding, circuitous streets and roads on the basis of that kind of information.

Here's former Jamaican Raquel Ingram's account of her experience of how she came to a decision to move to Canada and how she gathered the information needed to be viable here: Immigrants should be given a realistic impression of the Canadian labour market before they come to the country.

Form a Boomer Death Squad in Your Neighbourhood

For sixty-odd years now the boomers have been drifting through life, sucking up resources. But it wasn't so bad, until now, because we were paying. Now, unless you do something, you're going to be paying for our bad choices. Through the nose—for our prescriptions, walkers, hospital and respite care, pensions and all of the other stuff needed to keep us safely out of sight.

Those of you interested in trying to benefit from this trend will remember David Foot of the University of Toronto, and his book Boom, Bust and Echo, yet some of his thoughts seem perfectly quaint as Canada veers today toward the so-called 'libertarian' right. Still, if you read the book (or even if you didn't) and want excellent graphical portrayals of how populations have trended, and are to trend, in some of the world's principal economies have a look at GE's Our Aging World. Just remember, as it says on that page, we're getting old faster than ever.

Act now.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

You're Over-Qualified ... Too Old ... Too Small ... Too ...

I suspect that most salespeople would agree that, if you can induce an employer to tell you why they are reluctant to hire you then you have a fighting chance at getting them to do that. If you still want or need the job by the time you start hearing the objections then here is one strategy for dealing with them.

You might well have heard of the concept on which the strategy is based. It has been heavily used by marketers and advertisers for many years. It's called cognitive dissonance. Here's a sample use.




The first mother is experiencing cognitive dissonance because, on the one hand, the food substitutes in the beverage constitute a health risk and, on the other, the beverage is about to be served at the party, presumably to her own children. The second mother makes a swift coup that radically reduces the first mother's cognitive dissonance by pointing out that the beverage has some good properties particularly when compared to sugar. (Of course, if there were any 350-pound teenagers in the neighbourhood they would be kept well away from the cameras.)

You see how this would work in a job interview. The employer states their objection. In advance you would have thought of a way of reducing the employer's cognitive dissonance.

Examples:
  • "You're over-qualified.": "I've done some checking and I have found that I'm not over-qualified in comparison to most of the people on your staff. There is lots for me to learn here."
  • "You're too old.": "On LinkedIn I take a special interest in answering questions to do with office software and career advice. I cycle 25 km twice a week."
  • "You're too small.": "In my last job part of my work was to unload shipments of 33-kilogram bags of cat litter and pet food on the early morning shift; also to help customers to their cars with their purchases."
Sometimes you'll have to guess what the objections are. Nobody is actually going to say you're too old.

Help me out! What kinds of questions have you had, or can you think of? What are some better answers than mine?


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Accented Language Makes You Harder to Believe

Put as simply as possible, the thicker one's accent, as perceived by the listener, the less likely one is to be believed. Although obviously a problem for newcomers to Canada, it would be a barrier for those of us trying to support them too. For more detail see There's Something About Johnny Foreigner at the Mind Hacks blog.


As mentioned in the Mind Hacks article this finding appears to relate to a well-studied psychological phenomenon termed cognitive fluency. I've mentioned it here a couple of times before:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Did You Know About the LMI Consultation?

I didn't. I discovered the Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information a few minutes ago when I was trying to find Canadian Beveridge Curve information. Unfortunately the panel has already submitted their final report; they did so in early 2009.

It seems to me that CDPs and others in this field should have, and would have, had a lot to say about this topic of study. Although I have only started reading the report there are a number of points in it that I would disagree with or question. One of these would be its assertion that the "private sector has done a very good job in the development of information for matching actual job vacancies and persons looking for work through the internet." In my opinion, the Job Bank is better than its private sector counterparts because it provides a NOC code for each job and good RSS feeds. The NOC codes make it easy to know what the jobs really are and the RSS feeds are easier to follow. As far as valuable missing information is concerned it should be possible to provide Beveridge Curve data by geographical area. In fact, why not give us Beveridge Curve data for aggregates of NOC codes by geographical areas?

I really would be interested to know whether other employment and career advisors had heard about this consultation when it was proceeding.

What the OECD Has in Mind for Canada


I found this today in the OECD 'Country Notes' for Canada.

CANADA

Despite buoyant employment in recent years, the GDP-per capita gap vis-à-vis the United States remains substantial, reflecting to a large extent lower productivity levels.

Priorities supported by indicators

Reduce barriers to competition in professional services

Around 50 professions and 100 trades are regulated in one or more provinces. This limits interprovincial trade in services.

Actions taken: In April 2006, Alberta and British Columbia signed a comprehensive agreement to enhance trade in goods and services between the two provinces, providing mutual recognition of occupational certifications in both provinces. In September 2006, the federal government, all provinces and two territories agreed to achieve, by April 2009, compliance with the labour mobility provisions of the Agreement on Internal Trade for all existing regulated occupations.

Recommendations: Dismantle the remaining obstacles to inter-provincial trade and reduce the number of “regulated occupations”.


The Recommendations section suggests to me that some occupations, perhaps those like Personal Care Workers, might find it difficult to become recognised in the years ahead. Others may well lose their recognition. I would suggest that this is a way of making it easier for employers to bring unqualified people into the workplace.

Although the 'Red Seal' may appear to be a benefit to tradespeople it also obviously has the tendency to reduce labour costs overall by increasing the supply of labour where it might otherwise have been short.

I doubt that these changes are intended to benefit working people.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jobs List for Career Developers: Maintenance

The list of jobs for career developers and people practising related occupations is update daily; it's available here. I've been informed (see comments below) that the Career Professionals site will again be listing jobs. Accordingly I will be adding their entries to my list.

If—when—you notice faults in my list do, please, let me know.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Jobs List for Career Developers: Maintenance

A jobs list for career developers and related occupations is available here. I update it on a daily basis. It gleans postings from Contact Point, Charity Village, the Job Bank, Indeed.ca, Job Skills and At Work. The Career Professionals site no longer seems to be listing jobs, so it's no longer included in my listing.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Life's Disappointments

Losing a job is just one of life's disappoints, right? The best thing to do is to put it behind you. Smile. Laugh out loud and you won't even notice it.

Have a look at this.



What do you think?

For more see the Somatosphere blog item, Smile or Die: Barbara Ehrenreich on Positive Thinking (the cartoon version)

Rush of Business Ideas

If you are thinking of getting into business but are stuck for an idea here's a steady daily supply of really interesting ones. And, make it easy for yourself to track this source: get the feed.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Job: Job Developer/Employment Specialist - Toronto

See http://gleanr.com/channels/998_jobs. Thanks to Patricia Martin of Career Essentials.

Rights When Dealing with Police

Some of our clients—and perhaps some of us—could benefit from knowing just what rights we might have when we deal with police. Here's a video I learned about on the Wellesley Institute blog at Know Your Rights – A Public Legal Education Film.



Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Views of Poverty, I

Those of us who work in the fields of employment and literacy inevitably meet people in poverty. If you are one of those who asks what makes many people with meagre incomes unwilling to do what it takes to move up the socioeconomic ladder then you might be interested in what Charles Karelis has written about the subject.

"The Sting of Poverty" is an introduction from the Boston Globe. Here's an interview (with a transcript) from American National Public Radio. I'm indebted to Vaughn Bell (no relation) for making me aware of this line of thought in his recent blog item.

It makes a lot of sense to me, for what little that's worth.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Two Jobs

Job Developer- Intake Counsellor

Advocacy Officer

See here. Thanks to Patricia Martin of Career Essentials for passing these on.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jobs List for Career Developers: Maintenance

A jobs list for career developers and related occupations is available here. I update it on a daily basis. It gleans postings from Contact Point, Charity Village, the Job Bank, Career Professionals, Indeed.ca, Job Skills and At Work.

I just noticed and corrected a couple of bugs in the listing. The URLs for Job Bank and Contact Point jobs were incorrect.

For full details about how the listing is constructed see an earlier blog posting.

As always, if you know of any other web sources please let us all know. If you want to tell us about them after you get a job yourself using a new suggestion that's ok too!