Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Here's what some people are doing in Australia: Social enterprise connects artists with empty commercial buildings.
Do you know anyone who might help?
Friday, December 23, 2011
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I sense that the two approaches are largely complementary and that even once we leave the locus of control of our parents we still might need such support from time to time. At any given time a client might need more of one kind of support than the other. Some clients really need to be offered more of the other kind of support than they think they need. Some career developers are much more adept at providing one kind of support over the other.
Part of our skill is in discerning what is needed and how to provide it.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Professor Andrew Oswald, an economist, suggests that much that we do as people should be regarded as herd behaviour. He has been examining the consequences of it in terms of economics models.
Mark Pagel, a professor of evolutionary biology, suggests that people, as social creatures have need for only a very few really creative individuals because the rest of us are so adept at copying, and that this has shaped us by the usual evolutionary processes. He suggests that, in fact, we are 'infinitely stupid.'
Sunday, December 11, 2011
One of the sites that I follow (for nerds) has just posted a page that reviews this week's collection of essays in the New York Times about the future of computing: NYT on the Future of Computing.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I think it's worth reading because it provides insight into a hiring manager's mind about what one of them is actually looking for in candidates, and how she interprets what she reads. As well as how much she reads of each submission.
How many times have I read résumés that claim mainly that someone is enthusiastic, hard-working or quick-learning?
The following topics are listed on the home page: Abuse and Family Violence, Employment and Work, Housing Law, Social Assistance and Pensions, Consumer Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights, Wills and Estates, Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, Education Law, Health and Disability, Legal System.
I'd appreciate knowing of similar sites for other provinces and territorities.
Thanks to povnet.org.
CEO / CFO / President
Teacher / Tutor
Actor / Director
Career Counselor / Trainer
Mental Health Counselor / Social Worker
Market Researcher / Analyst
Public Relations / Communications Specialist
Writer / Journalist
Bar / Restaurant / Hotel Manager
Web Designer / Developer
Medical / Biological Researcher
At least they surveyed Canadians. A couple of months ago the Globe & Mail gave us another list: The 10 Happiest Jobs.
Special education teachers
Financial services sales agents
Now, in the first place, although any of us can do a whole collection of different occupations and enjoy doing any of them, one would be ill-advised to take (attempt to take) up a vocation as a member of clergy on the grounds that it is the occupation that makes the greatest number of people 'happy.' Right? (I am not going to go into this question here even if it is the most important aspect of the discussion!)
The second list was created "by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago." Do I need to suggest that religion might have a different place in American society than in Canadian? Or is it that few or none of the 9,000 working people interviewed for the Workpolis survey were members of clergy? In any case, there are considerable discrepancies between the two lists.
According to the University of Chicago, Forbes.com (and the Globe & Mail) the worst jobs in America, masquerading as the worst in Canada, are:
Director of Information Technology
Director of Sales and Marketing
Senior Web Developer
Technical Support Analyst
I see that in 2007 it was great to be a web developer in Canada but woe betide anyone who agreed to become a senior web developer because, according to the Chicago study that would plunge you into despair by 2011.
If these surveys are going to be of any use to us at all then they need to be culturally sensitive, well conducted and well interpreted. It's a little unfortunate that we no longer have the results of a reliable national census in Canada that could be used to frame studies like this.
Monday, December 5, 2011
You can use these ideas to learn much more about occupations as a way of deciding which might be worth pursuing. You will learn techniques from one occupation that would apply in another. You will inevitably learn much about what people expect of colleagues, subordinates and supervisors.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Again, it's not listed in the Canada-wide collection of jobs I produce on a daily basis. Use Google Alerts, as discussed here a day or two ago, to find jobs like this one.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Google Alerts are dead easy to set up, and you can get the alerts that it creates in either email or RSS feed form.
Log in to Google before or after you go to http://www.google.com/alerts.
If you select email alerts then you might prefer to receive them all at once, 'Once a day.' However, that's your choice; you can click on the triangle to receive alerts as they occur. You can choose to receive results from all sources, the web, news, blogs and so on, in other words 'Everything', or just from some of these using another triangle to expose the appropriate list.
The stuff that goes in 'Search query' seems to be what goes into any Google query. In the following view you can see that I query for "employment counselling" (with the quotation marks) because I want to see all new occurrences of items with these words together in this order (and not just anywhere in the items).
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
What I propose to do, on a trial basis, is to accept your information about them and to use that information to create a public, sortable web page. If this project attracts too little attention—or too much for me to handle!—I will probably be forced to cancel it. However, I will try to give it a fair trial.
For each event I would like to have:
- a descriptive title
- a date in yyyy-mm-dd form
- time interval in HH.MM-HH.MM (24-hour format)
- venue name, if available, eg, Central Library
- a brief description of the event
- intended audience
- Google map URL?
An event will be considered 'free' if it is either totally free or if it involves only a nominal fee. I don't want to include commercial events, and this is not a competitor for the Contact Point events listing.
I would like to see more local events get the attendance they deserve. Beyond that, if you are creating new groups sessions or other work and need an audience then this might be a way of gathering one.
I'll start publishing when I get some events, if I get some events.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Now there is some evidence that applicants would be better off suggesting fairly high figures initially, providing that they do it in a way that does not put off the employer. See Extreme numbers influence initial salary offers.
This advice could have some interesting consequences. Some people shy away from applying for jobs for which no information is supplied about salary. This could actually be to the advantage of the applicant, however. In the absence of any declaration on the part of the employer when the compensation bargaining stage arrives the applicant could suggest a high anchor figure to open negotiation.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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Monday, October 31, 2011
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- Work Activities
- Work Context
- Work Values
- Skills Search
- Tools and Technology
Monday, October 17, 2011
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Created by Community Literacy of Ontario but with a tonne of stuff in it for careers and employment people: Guide to Effective Technologies for Providing Online Staff Development and Training.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Baumeister and Vohs published 'The pursuit of meaningfulness in life' way back in 2002 but maybe the existence of this paper has been kept secret. If not then why haven't we all been made aware of it? According to Psyblog four factors are involved:
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The principal guy in the video is Claude Steele, one of the pioneers in the study of stereotype threat. We are easily influenced (all of us) by subtle appeals to our group memberships.
Here's a recent paper that discusses the relationship between Stereotype Threat and Female Communication Styles. Note the beneficial effects of self-affirmation which is often associated with cognitive behavioural therapy.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Warren Buffett might not be as successful as he should be. For anyone who does not recognise his name, he is only "the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011."1 This is a clip I excerpted from an interview of Buffett done by Charlie Rose a week or two ago.2
Now if I were to say that a nurse or a teacher might be more valuable to society than an amazing investor like Buffett it might sound like some form of left-wing lunacy or bitterness. But when he says it one must pay attention. Clearly Buffett is aware that there are many distinct abilities and that our society has no way of rewarding something like equivalent levels of performance using them. In a way, he may also be asserting that there are other ways of evaluating contributions beyond what 'society' wants or needs.
1See this wikipedia article for details.
2Moyea FLV Editor Lite worked well for this editing job.
Friday, August 19, 2011
- about 3/5 have at least one degree
- about 1/3 are very satisfied with their jobs
- about 1/8 make $80,000-100,000, 1/20 make more
- only about 1/4 took refresher courses and workshops to stay up-to-date
Monday, August 15, 2011
There is also an entire category of computer algorithms inspired (albeit sometimes loosely or obscurely) by nature. Clues to their origins are in names like 'simulated annealing' and 'genetic programming.' See the free book on this topic Clever Algorithms for treatments of lots of them.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
How can we apply these principles?
- Reciprocation: In the context of job applications, I can't think of a way! (Can you?) However, in the context of job development one could offer a potential employer some small gift, such as a note pad imprinted with information about one's agency.
- Scarcity: Try to point up some way in which the applicant's qualifications are unusual. In this context it might be necessary to warn against the perils of suggesting to an employer that the client has already been offered employment elsewhere; many prospective employers have heard this too often already. Perhaps though it would sometimes be possible to turn so-called over-qualification into an asset using this approach.
- Authority: The application seems obvious. Can you think of a better way?
- Commitment: If the client has been networking and if they have succeeded in contacting the person responsible for hiring then during an information interview they could try to get some small commitment that that person would hire someone with qualifications similar to the client. As mentioned elsewhere on this blog this technique can also be used in interviews.
- Liking: This is a tough one in the context of résumés and cover letters. Few of us are universally liked or disliked. Still, a prickly résumé is probably going to put most people off. Job developers have to cultivate relationships with employers (somehow) so that they are in a position to present job candidates effectively.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
1Mentioned on the O'Reilly Radar feed.
Monday, August 8, 2011
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Two of the sources I have returned to repeatedly for information and inspiration since first discussing them in CDP courses have been the Canadian research firm, Environics, and the company's head, Michael Adams. Using these sources is never a chore because Adams' sense of humour, and good sense, comes through in everything he's connected with.