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.
One of my favourite excuses for procrastination has long been that I was allowing time for my unconscious mind to find a solution to the current problem for me, without the need for me to put any conscious effort in. Of course while this unconscious activity was taking place I could be pursuing some other goal with enormous vigour. (And sometimes I didn’t pursue anything at all.)
The problem with this approach apparently is that unconsciously derived solutions remain unavailable to the conscious mind. That is to say, they remain unconscious. If you find the solution when you are conscious it’s not because you found it before during an unconscious period. The whole solution process was more or less conscious. If you follow this line of thought.
Conscientiousness is one of the so-called 'Big Five' Personality Traits. This trait is usually measured using paper-and-pencil style instruments. When it is these are typical conscientious items, drawn from the Wikipedia article:
I am always prepared.
I am exacting in my work.
I follow a schedule.
I get chores done right away.
I like order.
I pay attention to details.
I leave my belongings around. (reversed)
I make a mess of things. (reversed)
I often forget to put things back in their proper place. (reversed)
I shirk my duties. (reversed)
I have no idea what it might be like to be conscientious myself.
However, a soon to be published article indicates that conscientiousness works against people if they become unemployed. As career developers we might therefore think to pay them some special attention. Here are some more details.
In "ScienceDirect - Journal of Research in Personality : The dark side of conscientiousness: Conscientious people experience greater drops in life satisfaction following unemployment" Boyce et al write (in the abstract): "Conscientious individuals tend to achieve more and have higher well-being. This has led to a view that conscientiousness is always positive for well-being. We hypothesize that conscientiousness could be detrimental to well-being when failure is experienced, such as when individuals become unemployed. In a 4-year longitudinal study of 9570 individuals interviewed yearly we show that the drop in an individual’s life satisfaction following unemployment is significantly moderated by their conscientiousness. After 3 years of unemployment individuals high in conscientiousness (i.e. one standard deviation above the mean) experience a 120% higher decrease in life satisfaction than those at low levels. Thus the positive relationship typically seen between conscientiousness and well-being is reversed: conscientiousness is therefore not always good for well-being." [bold print mine]
I think I've mentioned this graphic before somewhere. It's brilliant advice for people trying to decide on careers, succinctly expressed.
I've just encountered something new but similar, this time for those thinking about starting or extending businesses. Although not quite as good as advice, IMO, it does capture the idea that there's no point in trying to build a business that isn't based on some kind of customer need.
I've drawn that statement from the abstract of a paper published in March by Australian economist David W. Johnston. The paper itself is behind a payment barrier. I read a report about it at Do Employers Prefer Blondes?.
Apparently they do, to the tune of the equivalent of one additional year of education.
Is there any need to repeat? Jobs are about marketing, not objectivity.
If you are thinking of studying philosophy then you might be interested in the excellent collection of interviews with prominent philosophers available at Philosophy Bites. Each interview lasts about a quarter of an hour. They vary widely in difficulty.
Although advertisements may not mention degree qualifications in philosophy specifically some employers have the sense to realise that these graduates may have good open minds, and analytical and expressive skills.
Let's think about this oft-quoted claim. Here's a parallel parable.
An old man walking his dog along a country road happens to meet a group of 20 young cyclists. During a brief conversation they say that they all plan to meet later for burgers.
About six months later the old man happens to recognise one of them. Out of curiosity he asks if the members of the group really did meet and if they all travelled by bicycle. The young person laughs and tells him yes, they did meet, and yes, most of them arrived by bicycle because they were all too young to drive cars. However, two of them had walked and one had managed to get a lift with a parent.
The old man notes that 85% of the young folks had made the journey for hamburgers by bicycle.
When employment advisors poll their former clients about how those clients found their jobs they often find that some 70 to 85% of them used some form of 'networking'. This is usually taken as evidence for the value of networking as a job finding 'technique'.
But if our clients lack other ways of travelling from joblessness to employment is it any surprise that 'networking' should be their preferred means of transportation?
This is your invitation to participate in the free, on-line seminar that Carole Cotton and Bill Bell will be conducting during the evening of 23 June.
"Really Simple Strategies to Help You and Your Clients Stay Updated Online"
Bill's presentation will focus on the nuts and bolts of using RSS feeds for getting continually updated lists of jobs for clients, and of keeping up to date in our field. He will emphasise how this approach has improved 'cognitive fluency' over using web sites alone, or email updates, in that it makes for neater, clearer, more concise reports and, hence, much less confusion and mental clutter.
This session is intended to be an introductory, step-by-step guide to get you started with the essentials, followed by a Q & A time. Using the gotomeeting facillities we will be able to display Bill's computer screen to participants so that all of you will be able to see the steps required to make use of feeds.
Before you spend any more time building or protecting your brand—more or less like some latter-day Don Draper (of Mad Men)—remember that this is 2010. Listen to this talk, The Future of Brand Management by Professor Michael Beverland of the University of Bath. Now, although this talk is about working with brands for mass markets there’s a tonne of both evidence and ideas here that you should consider when you think about your own personal branding.
It is not easy to remember your transferrable skills. Maybe not even under intense, unremitting interrogation by a skilled career developer. But you can usually recall who you've worked for and what you did for them. You can also remember what your hobbies and extracurriculars are. Here's how you can work backwards to your transferrable skills in a systematic way from these items.
Go to O*NET Online page, once for each job, and use the "Occupation Quick Search". Yes, I know it's American but it provides an excellent collection of information for each occupation. For hobbies and other activities just pick an occupation or occupations that are similar. Not only will you get transferrable skills. You will also get hints about alternative occupations that you, or your client, might consider that involve similar skills or knowledge.
Again, since this is systematic you are less likely to leave good stuff out.
He says, “It’s interesting that doctors who specialise in working with people who have the least status in society (children, the ‘mad’, the ‘old’) also have the least status in medicine.”
By some kind of analogy does it seem so unlikely that those of us who work primarily with the less advantaged people of society—even when this disadvantage is temporary as it is for unemployment—should accordingly be accorded lower status? Alack, and alas, it could be true.
Perhaps this also goes toward explaining why much less emphasis is placed on dealing with the enormous human costs of adverse emotional and mental health in our society too.
wisestamp is nicer than this! Go have a look.
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