Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
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
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
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.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
- 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!)
- 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.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
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
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
- 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.
- 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.
- Get yourself a Diigo account here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
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
I would ask, is the Death Penalty consistent with respect for life?
Friday, October 8, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
- 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.
It's another of my iGoogle gadgets. When you tap the button it lists eight occupations drawn at random from the NOC list at
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.
Here's Bright's article: Applied Chaos: Using the Chaos Theory of Careers in Counselling.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thanks are due to Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers for posting information about icould.
Friday, September 3, 2010
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Reciprocity: At the very least, send a thank-you note.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Canada, a vacation paradise for workers? Perhaps not.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
- 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.
- 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.)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
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
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
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
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.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
1How much of who you choose to date is determined by your preferences vs "market conditions"?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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:
- Direct messages to you.
- Messages that mention you.
- Your 'Attention' list.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
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'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."
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
What do you think?
For more see the Somatosphere blog item, Smile or Die: Barbara Ehrenreich on Positive Thinking (the cartoon version)